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Krisanthi Pappas

SOUND AND STYLE Jazz, cabaret and retro pop vocalist, Krisanthi Pappas, has been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall by JazzTimes Magazine. Her jazz songwriting style has been compared to Randy Newman (music of “Toy Story”, etc.) by Cadence Magazine, while her pop songwriting has been compared to Carole King by All Music Guide. As well as her vocal gentleness, she has the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt and the swinging playfulness of Ella Fitzgerald.

PERFORMING Based in the Boston-area, Krisanthi is a full-time entertainer playing an average of 200 performances a year at theaters, concert venues, singer-songwriter series, festivals, resorts, clubs and private events throughout New England and New York City. She has also performed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and parts of Europe. As a retro pop singer she has performed pre-shows for The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, The B-52s, Chicago and REO Speedwagon. As a jazz singer she has opened for Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, The Yellowjackets, Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne, Kevin Mahogany, Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone. Krisanthi also plays piano and drums on some of her songs as well as writing her band's musical arrangements. She is fortunate to have spent many winters performing solo in the Caribbean.

Krisanthi has been the musical director and/or a performer for many prestigious events such as Governor Deval Patrick's Inaugural Celebration as well as benefits including the Faulkner Hospital Breast Center in Boston, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The Relay For Life and others. Her Sister Friends For Life Concert featured herself with other acclaimed singers and many Boston radio personalities from WMJX and KISS 108.

TV, FILM and RADIO You can hear Krisanthi's voice and/or her original music and lyrics on recent and past episodes of "Parenthood" (NBC), "The Mindy Project" (FOX), "Once Upon A Time" (ABC), "One Life To Live" (ABC), "Containment" (CW), "Passions" (NBC), "Californication" (Showtime), "Younger" (TVLand) and "The Lair" (HereTV). Her music and/or singing in films include "I Dream Too Much", "Happygram", "Green River" and "Tying The Not".

Krisanthi’s CDs are played on jazz radio stations and programs throughout the Boston area and several states nationwide and in Canada as well as on many internet radio stations including Pandora, Spotify, Apple iRadio and others.

SONGWRITING AWARDS As an ASCAP songwriter and publisher, Krisanthi is a past 2nd place Winner of the prestigious Billboard® World Song Contest and The Next Holiday Classic Song Contest for her song “You and Me by the Christmas Tree” as well as having been the 3rd place Billboard® winner for her song “One Slow Dance A Day”. She also tied for 1st place in NYC’s Cabaret Hotline Members' Choice Songwriters' Favorite Song Award for her song "My Back Yard" and was an Honor Award winner in the 10th Annual Great American Song Contest for her song “You and Me by the Christmas Tree”. She has continued to receive songwriting awards from the ASCAP Popular Music Awards Panel every year since 1999 for her music and lyrics in jazz, cabaret and pop.

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"Accompanying an acoustic jazz trio on most of the cuts, Pappas has a soft, dusky voice not unlike Norah Jones’ or Diana Krall’s. There’s a little scat singing on “Winter Wonderland” but in general the performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty." - Lee Mergner, Jazz Times Magazine

“The title suggests this Boston-based jazz singer is peddling romantic yuletide slush.  Not so.  That charming original song the album is named after and secular holiday favorites like "Let it Snow!" benefit from a lovely voice imbued with a freshness of spirit.  Not always a wholesome Santa's helper, she flaunts a sensual side making over "Rudolph The Red- Nosed Reindeer" as a blues.  Pappas only disappoints when she hushes up so her efficient sidemen can solo.” - Frank- John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

You and Me by the...

Music Box Records
2008

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Celebratin' Swing

Music Box Records
2002

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My Back Yard

Music Box Records
2000

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