We are starting a new series where we highlight a Wrk IT Girl of the month! This will be a woman who is chasing her dreams, breaking boundaries, and has a keen sense of fashion & beauty.
This month’s Wrk IT Girl is Kris Stephens of T.I.’s Grand Hustle Gang. This songwriter turned singer has inviting vocals that have been compared to Aaliyah and Sade. She recently recorded “One in a Million” as a tribute to the late Aaliyah(1979-2001). She was determined and steadfast at the age of 19 when she left her secure executive assistant position and her college studies at Towson University to pursue her dreams and a world of the unknown. This ambitious and passionate artist is on a roll and we can’t wait to see what’s next from her.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when you are writing a song or singing?
I draw inspiration from experience and things that I’ve gone through in the past. I also write based on my girlfriends’ experiences and some of it is fabricated but mostly based on real life experiences.
What has been your biggest obstacle breaking into the music industry?
I wouldn’t say that I have gone through my biggest obstacle yet, but I think that so far choosing my lane and how I want to sound is the biggest challenge. I am first and foremost a songwriter so I want to stay to true to that and the real me.
What advice would you give your younger self with what you know now?
I would definitely tell her to always, always, always gather knowledge. Gather knowledge and pay attention to your surroundings. I would tell her to not act off of passion and to be patient. I would definitely tell her to Never Give Up. I mean that’s a given.
What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your career?
I would say that my biggest accomplishment so far is the placement I had with Shakira and Pitbull. I mean they have an international following and to have that placement was just amazing. I mean I have had some other placements that were in the urban and r&b realm but this was huge because of the international appeal.
How would you describe your style?
I would say that I have a different style depending on the event. Sometimes I’ll throw on some J’s and sweats and other times I would be in a BCBG dress and Christian Louboutins. I mean I would say that I have a polished, nice & new style. I don’t like things to be too worn. I have sort of a high fashion with urban wear feel.
So you’re kind of like a style chameleon?
Yea, exactly. I’m a style chameleon. I can wear anything depending on the occasion.
Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
My favorite place to travel is Hawaii because I feel like I can definitely go and let go. It is the ultimate level of peace. It is quiet, relaxing and I feel like I can talk to God. It is just so amazing.
A special thank you to Rebecca Briscoe of Houston Style Magazine for the connection to Kris’ team and the opportunity to interview her.