- Website: kristamarie.com
Krista Marie was born into a musical family in the small, country town of Batavia, New York. Her father was a worldrenowned, classical accordionist and concert pianist. Her mother taught voice and piano lessons, while also working side by side with Krista’s father, in their family owned business, Pat’s Meat Market. At a very young age, Krista began performing at school, joined the children’s choir, won statewide vocal and dance competitions and competed in numerous 4-H horse shows. As a teen, her love of music and “horsepower” continued to grow hand in hand. Working summers at the local theme park, Six Flags Darien Lake, as a country singer/dancer, Krista managed to save enough money to buy her first motorcycle at age 15. She also tried her hand at racing mini stock cars, snowmobiles and, eventually, ATV’s.
After studying musical theater in NYC, Krista moved west to L.A. where she earned her membership in the Screen Actors Guild appearing in various film, television and commercial productions. Krista went on to become a stunt woman, while continuing to focus on her songwriting.
Determined to make music a full time endeavor, Krista relocated to Nashville in 2003. After cowriting, producing and self-funding her own first independent album, on her maxed out credit card, she was signed to a publishing deal at EMI Nashville, in 2007. Not long after, she was releasing her first single on Broken Bow Records and shot the music video to “Tomboy”, featuring Ashley Force-Hood (NHRA Champ). Krista’s musical talents and background in the motorsports world have offered her amazingly unique opportunities. In fact, “Drive It Like I Stole It”, which she co-wrote and performed, was the official ESPN, NHRA Drag Racing theme song for the 2009 season.
A pick up truck kinda gal… Dirt, mud & high speed is where KM feels most at home, when not on stage. In the spring of 2008, Krista had a near fatal crash while racing the ATVA National Motocross Circuit. The incident left her with 11 broken bones, and a lacerated liver, including 4 spinal fractures, 4 broken ribs, collar bone, wrist & femur. Dr.'s were unsure if she'd walk again. She laughs and says she now has “after market” parts with a titanium rod through her right femur bone, screws & a filter… Still enjoying her throttle time, KM rides her Yamaha 450 ATV, GSXR sports bike & V-Rod Muscle (Harley-Davidson).
Fall of 2010, Krista co-wrote what became a Billboard top 20 country hit, “Home Sweet Home," co-founded & became one third of the group, THE FARM. Signed to Warner Brothers / Elektra Records, the country trio performed hundreds of shows nationally & internationally within the first 3 years of their record deal. Krista says that some of the highlighted & most memorable moments have been playing for the troops in the middle east (Qatar military base), CMC Rocks The Hunter – (Sydney, Australia), Stagecoach Music Festival, multiple performances at The Grand Ole Opry and at the world famous Ryman Auditorium. They have had the honor of singing the national anthem for professional NFL, MLB and NHL games. THE FARM has had
numerous television & red carpet appearances on CMT, ACM’s CMA’s, FOX network and were nominated for an ACA award as new artist of the year.
In 2014 Krista Marie Oswald co-founded FONTANEL RECORDS, with here husband Marc Oswald. She saw it as an opportunity to give back to the amazingly talented employees at Fontanel. Krista produced their debut album, “Fontanel Family Christmas,” with a second album released this past year, which consists of all original music, written & recorded by the Fontanel staff members.
MASTERS MARIE is another one of Krista’s creative passion projects. She & the late AJ Masters released their debut Jazzical Blues album, titled “Live Laugh Love.” After AJ’s unexpected passing last year, Krista decided to continue on with the music the duo team created & ocassionally performs MASTERS MARIE original music as well as standards & classics at The Natchez Hills Winery @ FONTANEL .