Self acclaimed songwriter / producer / musician Kristen McPike independenlty records all of her own music. Growing up she was very shy and mostly kept to herself. She had always expressed herself through poetry and thoughts written in notebooks she under her bed. Music had always played a huge part in her life. Her parents bought her a Yamaha PSR-79 keyboard in 7th grade, which she still uses today. It wasn't until her sophomore year in college did music take-on a life of it's own. Once a friend of hers placed an electric guitar in her hands it was love at first strum. Soon after she purchased a pink SX electric guitar, which she played every chance she had. She jammed with friends where she learned how to play riffs and chords. Nights when her friends were out partying she was staying in googling guitar techniques. Her senior year she invested in an Ibanez GSR200 bass guitar. She learned bass riffs from bands like Muse and Slightly Stoopid. She continued to save up money bartending and purchased all her own DIY recording equipment. After graduating Kutztown University with a degree in Criminal Justice, she told her parents it was music that she wanted to do the most. With a lack of support in the beginning she pushed herself to prove that she could succeed in what she loved. Her parents soon accepted the fact and were very excited for her future endeavors. Although Criminal Justice was put on the back burner soon after graduation, she was lucky to land a part time job working with an agency where she worked with juveniles at the local detention center. On a few occasions she planned events where she invited other musicians to come and speak with the residents. She is a firm believer that music as well as other creative outlets are a great way to release pain of inner hardships. It was astonishing to hear how much these individuals went through for their age. She went as far as producing a track for the residents to rap or write a song to. It was amazing to see so much talent behind locked walls. She hopes in the future to help others in similar situations through music. With no formal lessons in any instruments, she pushes herself to learn and grow as a musician. She is so thankful for all of the help her friends gave her. From teaching her how to use recording software to instrumental techniques, if it weren't for them she would not be where she is today. She will continue to strive in music and will always stay motivated no matter what. She is so grateful of all her wonderful listeners. Thank you so much for all of your love and continous support!