KRISTIN CAPPIELLO performs the song "DON'T BE AFRAID" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY ZACHARY JOHNSON
Life has taken some interesting twists and turns for Kristin Cappiello, the South Florida songwriter and contemporary folk singer equally known for belting out incredibly soulful blues.
"Life is a journey," says Kristin. "I don't think there is a destination."
About to go into overdrive, the new mother is no longer putting music on hold as she has for two decades.
"I really wasn't focused on being a musician until recently," she says. "And it's more because I think I have something to offer now. As a new mom I have new inspiration."
At first it seemed like Kristin would be pursuing music from the beginning. "I always wanted to sing and when I was 13 my mother bought me a guitar and I taught myself how to play. And by the time I was 20 I was playing gigs."
Then a record contract came along but Kristin turned it down because "it was like the record company owned you." Instead she began a period of what she calls "a lavish party lifestyle" that didn't go well.
"My 20s were a tough time. I lost both my parents, struggled with addictions and learned that life is a series of trials. There are people who really deal strongly with pain and with loss, and it can either tear you down or build you up," she says.
Today Kristin and her husband Tony dedicate their lives to helping others overcome addiction, and Kristin feels her music aids that mission.
"I'm now where I see my music as a way of helping others . . . a positive thing I hope to share".
Kristin is currently working on her forthcoming EP.
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CREDITS / SPONSORS
This episode of Balcony TV was filmed on the balcony at the Hard Rock Cafe in beautiful Miami Bayside Market Place.
The production team on this video was:
Producer: Byron Lutz
Host: Zachary Johnson
Sound Engineer: Ian Lutz
Special thanks to Elise Friedson for setting up the shoot, and to the Hard Rock Cafe for their incredible support of local music.
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