Kristine W  to Perform at San Jose PrideKristine W

By Jasper Heaffy

San Jose Pride is getting ready for two days of celebrations, pool parties and dances – and headlining the weekend of fun is one of the dance floor divas not to be missed, Kristine W, who will be performing at the  San Jose Pride Festival on August 22. (

This summer, Kristine W scored her 15th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, tying Mariah Carey for third-most toppers. Only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson (19) have landed more No. 1s.  She’ll perform several of her #1 at  San Jose Pride.
The Power of Music is Kristine’s first studio album in five years.  It has proven its power on the dance floor yielding six consecutive Billboard #1s.  “Walk Away”, “The Boss”, “Never”, “Love is the Look”, “Be Alright”, and the title track.

“Mariah Carey is my all time biggest idol,” said Kristine.  “To tie her impressive record is a dream-come-true for me as an artist.”Kristine W photo by Mike Ruiz

If anyone understands the power of music, it is Kristine W.   “I was three years old when my mother was preparing to split up the kids and give us to a family because she could not find work that would pay to keep a roof over our heads,” she revealed earlier this year at the announcement of the single release.  “Luckily, she was an amazing singer and guitar player.  She started performing as a strolling singer in a restaurant. Her career took off and she was able to raise four children as a full time musician. I watched the power of music save my family from desperate times.”  

Music also saw Kristine through the biggest challenge of her life; cancer.  “That’s when I learned that music is strong medicine.”  This year, Kristine celebrates eight years of remission.

Kristine collaborated with Big Daddy Kane on “The Power of Music” single.  “I met Kane in Washington DC two years ago.  We were lobbying for artists’ performance rights.  ‘The Power of Music’ was the perfect opportunity for us to work together because we both share the passion to fight for music.”

Even the music video for the single, directed by Mike Ruiz (a celebrity photographer who will star on Logo’s new reality show, The A-List: New York this Fall) is showing its power.  It’s enjoying heavy rotation on HBO ZONE, the movie network’s urban/college channel. Kristine W suwat

In addition to tying Ms. Carey’s record, Kristine W holds the world’s record for Most Consecutive #1 Billboard Club Hits.  In 2004, she surpassed Madonna and Janet Jackson’s record of seven #1 songs in a row.  In 2005, Kristine W broke her own record with the release of “Wonder of It All”, her ninth consecutive #1.

Kristine W is a fourth generation entertainer hailing from Pasco, Washington. After winning the title of Miss Washington and placing first in the talent competition at the Miss America pageant, Kristine headlined her own show at the Las Vegas Hilton.  She won several 'Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year' awards and was officially sanctioned as the entertainer who performed more live shows at the Las Vegas Hilton than any other performer in its history - including Elvis. The award led to June 28th being declared Kristine W day in the state of Nevada.


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