I talked to Baltimore native, Kristina Lachaga, about her career and what she’s doing to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
I’ve always been singing. When I turned 9, I started taking professional voice lessons. I toured with the Broadway Musical “Gypsy” across 48 states and Canada. When I got back from the tour I saw Demi Lovato in “Camp Rock”, and could relate to her and her music -that’s when I started writing my own Pop songs.
Q: What was it like touring with “Gypsy?”
It was absolutely amazing! One of the best experiences of my life so far. My mom traveled with me on the tour bus as my guardian. I also had a tutor on the road. Being able to travel across the country, and see so many places at such a young age was so surreal. Whenever we had time off, we would go explore the city we were in.
Q: Who are your favorite artists?
Demi Lovato and One Direction to name a few. My first concert ever was Sheryl Crow. My friends and I would constantly belt out her song “Soak Up The Sun.”
Q: How was it performing in Baltimore before the One Direction concert this past summer?
A dream come true. I had the opportunity to perform at the pre-party. SOOO many people were packed into Power Plant Live! I even premiered my new single, “R.S.V.P.” – it was amazing to be able to perform for my hometown.
Q: What is your favorite part of performing live?
I really love the reaction of my fans in the audience. When I perform, I like to point out people in the audience and sing to them – create special, memorable moments. In June 2010, I went to Justin Bieber’s second concert on his first tour and throughout the entire concert I help up a big pink heart sign. He picked me to be his “Baby” and that’s how I became known as ‘The Girl With The Big Pink Heart.”
Q: You’re donating $.25 of each stream of your cover of “Fight Song” to Susan G. Komen. How did that come about?
I was scheduled to perform at the Race For The Cure in Central New Jersey, and they wanted me to sing a song to honor breast cancer survivors. I picked “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. My mom had an idea to record my cover of it, put it on my CD, and sell them at the race with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Komen. After the race we decided to upload the cover to SoundCloud and donate $.25 to Komen for each stream through the end of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well! I was so inspired by the breast cancer survivors and their families that I met at the race. I wanted to create a way to give back and get my fans involved, too.
Click HERE to stream Kristina’s version of “Fight Song”
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