Magic is everywhere. Transcend, Krista Hartman’s new album, proves that the genuine quest to uncover it, is worth the authentic pursuit.

With the restless soul of a storytelling traveller, as soon as she graduated high school, Krista Hartman left her town of Peace River, Alberta, and spent the first few years of her music career busking on the streets of Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. 

After teaching English in South Korea, she returned to Alberta, Canada, for University, where she further developed her gifts, studying English and Theatre by day, recording and performing songs she wrote by night, making friends and building a loyal following.

The inspiration collected from her travels led to her first rustic self-produced Canadiana record, Passport which was recognized in Edmonton’s Vue Weekly Magazine as one of the top ten records of the year. When it was time to tour, she moved to New York, started bartending and toured across several American states. 

By 2008, Krista relocated to Toronto and began recording her second record, Nostalgia (a record that chronicled the characters she met while touring through the US). She was joined on the first single, “Broken in Two” by Juno Award winning songwriter, Ron Sexsmith. The highlight of her year was performing a bilingual version of The Canadian National Anthem Canada’s Prime Minister at a Gala hosted by The Canada India Foundation. By 2015, she had lived in St. Lucia and Chicago with her young family and ventured to Toronto to record her third record, Constellations- a catalogue of songs devoted to the power of optimism. 

Since Constellations, Hartman has been busy uncovering the gems that make her craft truly meaningful and aligned. The songs she has written on this record were created shortly after a songwriters retreat on Bowen Island, British Columbia. “Having a balanced mind, body and spirit is the key to a fulfilling creative path” she is convinced.

“Music is magic” she says candidly. “That said, there are many times I could have convinced myself to quit had I failed to have gone inward. I’m so glad in retrospect that I have created my 4th record with Jordon Zadarozny,” Pembroke based producer also known as Blinker the Star. Hartman’s personal life hints that she is a chameleon: a mother, an artist, a teacher and a devout traveller who is dedicated to her path as a musician. 

Krista is known for her desire to genuinely connect with others through her heartfelt music. Her latest record, Transcend contemplates themes of existentialism and the supernatural world. It was produced by Jordon Zadorozny who has co-written songs with Courtney Love. 

At this point in her adventures, one can find Krista Hartman in Ottawa, Canada writing songs near a quiet sunny window.

“Krista’s Story telling style is classic in the sense of 60’s folk and folk rock tunes. She is able to touch that era and yet twist and turn the songs into a friendly modern feel while illuminating her life experiences. Those picturesque lyrics are the brush strokes that the listener follows to see the picture painted before their ears. Recommended if you like: Lee Hazlewood, Nancy Sinatra, Dar Williams, Cat Power”- Tiny Elvis Review, U.S

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About Krista Hartman’s 4th record, Transcend:

Hartman had a few false starts and stops in various Ottawa and Toronto based studios, trying to find the right vibe and producer, “I didn’t want to settle for a record I couldn’t feel, I wanted a meaningful collaboration.”  She had been moonlighting in a French rock band and wanted her new sound to have a colour that would align with some of her favourite 60’s French female artists (Marie Laforêt, France Gall, Brigitte Bardot).  

“When I first discovered Yeye music, I especially fell in love with the sound of the vocal production: hot, smoky, loud and sultry and I wanted that kind of vibe, but nobody truly understood how to guide that process.”

Hartman knew her new songs had to pass by someone who had a catalogue she respected. Shortly after Krista Hartman collaborated with Bernard Fraser, from Church of Trees on a single, Bernard suggested Jordon Zadorozny aka Blinker the Star.  When she discovered Zadorozny had co-written songs with Courtney Love and produced Sam Roberts, she was certain that he would help elevate her art:  “Jordon immediately knew how to help me uncover the sound I was searching for, he was definitely on my wavelength.”

She sent  several folders of songs, he was the sounding board that helped chisel the record.  The first ballad “I’m Your Garden” had the soul she was hoping for. Then, “Moonlit Motel”  and “Higher Than Skies” two of her more edgy masculine driven rock songs arrived. Six months later, they reconvened to create, “Flower Child” and “Psychic Lady” two songs  bowing to feminine energy.  Finally,  “Lullaby” a spirited double entendre where she sings “always only a mystery the story we call life.” The outcome was a perfectly balanced record, but there was still one song, “Guardian Angel” that she felt she needed to record quickly with producer, Eric Eggleston.

The creative process can seem intimidating. There was a level of space that helped Hartman rely on her inner compass as an artist. For a year, she drove through blizzards and snowstorms in Winter and rainstorms in Spring to the studio. The unpredictable and turbulent weather became part of the sonic landscape of the record.  When it was time to record, Hartman experimented with synth lines and guitar solos, a change from her comfort zone as a rhythm guitarist. She orchestrated drum fills that Jordon executed meticulously with more  precision than she could’ve hoped for. She had uncovered synergy.

Transcend will arrive single, by single on June 15th, 2020.