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The State Troubadour - Kristen Graves

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The Connecticut Office of the Arts announced that Kristen Graves of Fairfield has been named Connecticut's new State Troubadour, an honorary position established by the Connecticut legislature in 1991. The State Troubadour serves as an ambassador of music and song and promotes cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens. Graves will serve a two-year term, from January 2013 to December 2014. She succeeds Chuck Costa who was Connecticut State Troubadour for 2011 and 2012.

Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer & songwriter with a voice that commands attention, lyrics that catch your heart, and melodies that stay with the listener long after the evening ends. Kristenís songs have a coziness to them like a well-worn winter blanket, but donít underestimate her; she can pack a serious emotional punch at a momentís notice. Picture an energetic Sarah McLachlan, or Tracy Chapman with a pop edge, and youíve found Kristen Graves.
Kristen has been writing and performing her own songs since 2000. As an acoustic singer & songwriter she has toured nationally since 2002. She has written and recorded four full-length albums, 1 3-song EP, and a Christmas Album, and has independently sold thousands of copies of her CDs.


{A Young Kristen Graves at the Piano}

Originally from the Midwest, Kristen began Classical piano lessons at age 6, studying and developing her talent until she began to write her own music at 18. Picking up the guitar during college, Kristen wrote, recorded and produced two albums, launching a solo career by the time she graduated in 2004. At the same time, Kristen began volunteering and traveling to an orphanage in Oaxaca, Mexico where she met fellow volunteer, Bryan Nurnberger. Soon after, Bryan founded Simply Smiles, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing bright futures for impoverished children. The couple has been working together combining arts and philanthropy ever since.For more information on Kristen and her efforts, please visit,,, and


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