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Kirstie Kraus On The Chris Top Program

February 8, 201751 min
If there’s one thing that stands out about Kirstie Kraus, it’s her energetic, unbridled energy. It’s reflected in her big, dynamic voice; in her performance, which bursts with passion and levity; and by her simple presence, which can dissolve you in laughter and make you grin from ear to ear. Not every day does an artist come around able to so effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational songs and an irrepressible drive, but Kraus is one of them. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile. ​ “A lot of my material is about my personal experiences,” Kirstie says. “I am inspired every day by everything around me. Life is wonderful, and why not sing about it?” She certainly lives that ethos: Kirstie has been following her dream since she was a small child, singing songs for her large extended family in their Wisconsin living room. Mrs. Swishow, her first grade music teacher, was the first person to really encourage Kirstie. Her teache

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