Biography

Kristy Chmura is a full-time professional, freelance harpist, vocalist, and songwriter, performing at many weddings, events, concerts, hospitals, recitals and more. Classically trained, Kristy has been playing and studying the harp for over twenty years. Kristy began studying the harp with Merynda Adams, and continues to study with André Tarantiles. Kristy earned a Bachelors of Music in harp performance from The College of New Jersey, and has also earned credits towards her Masters of Music Performance from Montclair State University at the John J. Cali School of Music.

Kristy’s musical versatility and creativity is evident when she performs her own original music as a singer/songwriter. Kristy recently released her debut solo album, “Stained…Glass Heart”, featuring eight original tracks. “Stained…Glass Heart” is an introspective compilation of songs displaying Kristy’s sensitive personality. Kristy gives the listener a look into her own personal experiences which she carefully wraps up with sonic textures featuring her voice and harp, along with ambient guitars, and a solid rhythm section. Each song, all written and produced by Kristy along with Damien Musto, is a representation of the relationships Kristy has with herself or with others. The opening track, “Nothing’s Right” hits you with the emotional intensity one feels when you are lost within your own complex. “Wake Up” laments over the darkness that exists within our society, and it is a call to action to reflect upon what is happening to humanity. “Deep Waters” tells the story of betrayal with a bluesy vibe. “Abandoned House” is a powerful ballad about leaving lost love, and letting go. Kristy’s musical influences span across a wide variety of genres and artists which contributes to her eclectic style of songwriting.

In the past Kristy has been an active member of her original trio, “double-breasted”, with whom she founded, produced and released two CD’s, a Holiday single, and three music videos for her songs: Autumn Leaves, You Never Said Goodbye, and Holiday Sparkle. Kristy has performed with her trio in various venues and settings, such as: NJPAC, Philadelphia Radio104.5FM, art galleries, night clubs, and hotels, as well as part of music festivals and town events. All of the group’s original songs are available for purchase online at doublebreastedmusic.com

Kristy also performs with her harp duo “Harp and Soul”; they play anything from classical to pop music arranged for two harps.

Kristy has been teaching harp lessons for over ten years in her private studio working with students of all ages, including adults, from beginner to intermediate levels. Kristy helps her students reach their harp playing goals by teaching them the Grandjany technique. Kristy is currently one of the directors of the NJ Summer Harp Camp, which she started with fellow harpist, Merynda Adams.

In conjunction with being a full-time professional harpist, Kristy’s passion for music extends beyond the harp as a vocalist. Kristy has been a cantor at church services since she was in grade school. Kristy is now a principal singer in a professional band that works at weddings and events through her entertainment company, Sumar Entertainment, which she co-owns and operates with her husband at their studio, Lucky Penny Studios.

Words that have been used to describe Kristy’s musical qualities are: mesmerizing, soothing, haunting, and beautiful; a true artist.

Kristy Chmura is a full-time professional, freelance harpist, vocalist, and songwriter, performing at many weddings, events, concerts, hospitals, recitals and more. Classically trained, Kristy has been playing and studying the harp for over twenty years. Kristy began studying the harp with Merynda Adams, and continues to study with André Tarantiles. Kristy earned a Bachelors of Music in harp performance from The College of New Jersey, and has also earned credits towards her Masters of Music Performance from Montclair State University at the John J. Cali School of Music.

Kristy’s musical versatility and creativity is evident when she performs her own original music as a singer/songwriter. Kristy recently released her debut solo album, “Stained…Glass Heart”, featuring eight original tracks. “Stained…Glass Heart” is an introspective compilation of songs displaying Kristy’s sensitive personality. Kristy gives the listener a look into her own personal experiences which she carefully wraps up with sonic textures featuring her voice and harp, along with ambient guitars, and a solid rhythm section. Each song, all written and produced by Kristy along with Damien Musto, is a representation of the relationships Kristy has with herself or with others. The opening track, “Nothing’s Right” hits you with the emotional intensity one feels when you are lost within your own complex. “Wake Up” laments over the darkness that exists within our society, and it is a call to action to reflect upon what is happening to humanity. “Deep Waters” tells the story of betrayal with a bluesy vibe. “Abandoned House” is a powerful ballad about leaving lost love, and letting go. Kristy’s musical influences span across a wide variety of genres and artists which contributes to her eclectic style of songwriting.

In the past Kristy has been an active member of her original trio, “double-breasted”, with whom she founded, produced and released two CD’s, a Holiday single, and three music videos for her songs: Autumn Leaves, You Never Said Goodbye, and Holiday Sparkle. Kristy has performed with her trio in various venues and settings, such as: NJPAC, Philadelphia Radio104.5FM, art galleries, night clubs, and hotels, as well as part of music festivals and town events. All of the group’s original songs are available for purchase online at doublebreastedmusic.com

Kristy also performs with her harp duo “Harp and Soul”; they play anything from classical to pop music arranged for two harps.

Kristy has been teaching harp lessons for over ten years in her private studio working with students of all ages, including adults, from beginner to intermediate levels. Kristy helps her students reach their harp playing goals by teaching them the Grandjany technique. Kristy is currently one of the directors of the NJ Summer Harp Camp, which she started with fellow harpist, Merynda Adams.

In conjunction with being a full-time professional harpist, Kristy’s passion for music extends beyond the harp as a vocalist. Kristy has been a cantor at church services since she was in grade school. Kristy is now a principal singer in a professional band that works at weddings and events through her entertainment company, Sumar Entertainment, which she co-owns and operates with her husband at their studio, Lucky Penny Studios.

Words that have been used to describe Kristy’s musical qualities are: mesmerizing, soothing, haunting, and beautiful; a true artist.