Saskatoon-born with a style best described as Celtic influenced folk-pop, Kristan Couture delivers her debut album, You Just Fooled Me, which showcases her talent as both a violinist and a singer-songwriter.After classical training in violin and piano, she began songwriting as a child, building up a library of hundreds of songs. The solo acoustic album features twelve of her original songs, all written within a year’s time-frame as the album depicts feelings and scenes from the twenty-fourth year of her life. It is layered with guitars, violin/fiddle and harmonies. The sad and sweet tone of her songwriting showcases her love of the raw, colourful tones of fingerstyle guitar. Kristan’s passion for songwriting and musicianship are sure to make You Just Fooled Me an album to watch in 2016. Self-recorded, it was mixed by award-winning Saskatchewan producer, Bart McKay. The physical album was released in April and will be digitally released Oct. 7, 2016. It’s current single, The Runaway, is awaiting the release of its’ music video on Nov. 4/16.
Over the last few years, Kristan has made a name for herself touring with the Scott Richmond Band, travelling to Kansas City for Folk Alliance International and Colombia. In the summer of 2015, she embarked on the cross-country Prairie Gentlemen tour with Danny Olliver and Colter Wall, enjoying the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, as well as the Ness Creek and Gateway Festivals. It was a busy summer for her, as she also shared the stage as a fiddle player with the UK-based folk-pop Bears Den at the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Kristan has also performed violin with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra for the past three years. This past summer she shared the stage with Elly Thorn, opening for Jesse Cook at Saskatoon Jazz Festival in 2016, and played as hired fiddle-player at Craven 2016. She has written with Nashville songwriters Steve Mitchell, whose publishers are pitching their co-write, as well as Rich Karg, Jesse Labelle, and others. She continues to perform with Saskatchewan bands Scott Richmond, Elly Thorn, Amanda Hagel, Branded Honey, Aces Wyld.