Kristin Porters debut CD, By the Light of the Moon, is a culmination of performing 5 to 7 nights a week. By the Light of the Moon takes pages from the Great American Songbook, as well as Kristin’s well-crafted originals, to provide a musical expedition of swingin’ jazz, bossa grooves, sultry lyrics, and even a little Reggae.
The album kicks off with a bouncy version of “It Could Happen to You” where Porter exhibits her ability to create interesting phrasing, along with relaxed scatting, creating an instant sense that this young lioness is years ahead of her age.
“Teach Me Tonight,” is given a bossa treatment, and the only teaching going on here, is the lessons Porter is teaching the listener about her divine vocal prowess. “Light of the Moon,” is a funky cut that exhibits the playful side of Porter’s vocals, it is a perfect vehicle to showcase her abilities of range and technique. Porter has fully absorbed jazz vocal techniques and has complete control of her instrument.
“Moody’s Mood from Love” is given a Reggae conduit that highlights Kristin’s ability to create interesting lines and of phrasing set against a Jamaican canvas. This young songstress is taking leaps far beyond most vocalists, even beyond heryears.
Kristin’s original, “Never Telling Me You Loved Me,” seduces you with her delicate femininity as you hear each note drop from her lips like honey, she leaves you wanting more. This track hints at Kristin’s love for sultry blues, and showcases her influences from great Jazz/Blues composers, such as Harold Arlen.