April 13, 2009

Introducing Kristinia DeBarge!!


Kristinia carries DeBarge family tradition forward, daughter of James DeBarge Debut album set for summer release, written and produced by Babyface (April 13, 2009 – New York, NY) 19-year old Kristinia DeBarge launches her career with the anthemic upbeat smash “Goodbye,” her debut single, now hitting at pop radio weeks before the official April 27th impact date. Powerhouse stations such as WKTU (New York), WKQI (Detroit), Z100 (New York), (KHKS) Dallas and WKSC (Chicago) were the first to get on board, with many majors quickly following suit. In addition, Nivea had committed to licensing the new hit smash “GoodBye” as the theme song for their new Network TV Campaign. “Goodbye” is featured in both :15 & :30 spots that began April 6 and runs through July 13th. (“Goodbye” samples the classic #1 hit of 1969, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by the group Steam, distinguished as the record that knocked the Beatles’ controversial “Come Together” from the #1 spot in December.) A video shoot to capture the song’s sexy fun feel is scheduled to take place shortly in Los Angeles.

Kristinia DeBarge carries on the tradition of her father James DeBarge, keyboardist and founding member of beloved Motown ’80s group DeBarge. Kristinia knew she wanted to be a singer at the age of three, but didn’t reveal her wishes to her family until she was twelve. To gage her passion, James DeBarge and Kristinia went to the studio and recorded a duet called “How I Feel Inside.” Kristinia recalls. “Our session ended at 4am and my dad asked me after all those hours and after all that work if I still wanted to do this. I answered yes, and that’s how he knew I was serious about being a singer.”

“Goodbye” is the first release from Kristinia’s debut album on new label Sodapop Music, set for summertime release. Many tracks on the album were written and produced by Babyface; “Goodbye,” is co-produced by Babyface and The Pentagon. Sodapop Music is a full-scale label start-up for Babyface, one of his first since his LaFace Records (home of Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher), the wildly successful label co-founded in 1989 by Babyface and Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, who today is Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. Also, co-founder Jeff Burroughs heads Sodapop Music after serving in senior executive positions over the past decade at RCA Music Group and as Executive Vice President of P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Entertainment.


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