Singer/Songwriter Krisanthi (which means "golden flower" in Greek) Pappas performs classic soft rock, jazz, swing and her original adult contemporary music throughout New England, New York City, the Caribbean and most recently in Greece. She has been in the top 10 of the World Indie Charts as well as having placed on the Cashbox Top 100.
SOUND AND STYLE
Krisanthi Pappas, has been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall by JazzTimes Magazine and to Karen Carpenter and Carole King by All Music Guide. Her jazz songwriting style has been compared to Randy Newman by Cadence Magazine, while her pop songwriting has been compared to Carole King by All Music Guide. As well as her vocal gentleness, she has the husky-voiced passion of Bonnie Raitt and the swinging playfulness of Ella Fitzgerald.
Based in the Boston-area, Krisanthi is a full-time entertainer playing an average of 200 performances a year at theaters, concert venues, singer-songwriter series, festivals, resorts, clubs and private events throughout New England and New York City. She has also performed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and parts of Europe.
In the retro-pop scene she has performed the Pre-Shows for Sheryl Crow, Heart, Queen with Adam Lambert, Hall & Oates, Squeeze, The B-52s, The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Chicago and REO Speedwagon.
In the jazz and cabaret scene she has opened for or shared the stage with such jazz greats as Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, The Yellowjackets, Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne, Kevin Mahogany, Billy Stritch, Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone.
In the musical theatre scene, Krisanthi has been composer, lyricist, writer, director, and musical director as well as having held lead and supporting roles in several productions. Her original musical "Reality Romance; an Unaffiliated Bachelor Musical Parody" (Book by Bianca Vranceanu) entertained audiences for eight sold out shows at the Mass Arts Center September and October 2023.
Krisanthi also plays piano and drums on some of her songs as well as writing her band's musical arrangements. She is fortunate to have spent many winters performing solo in the Caribbean.
Krisanthi has been the musical director and/or a performer for many prestigious events such as Governor Deval Patrick's Inaugural Celebration as well as benefits including the Faulkner Hospital Breast Center in Boston, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, The Relay For Life and others. Her Sister Friends For Life Concert featured herself with other acclaimed singers and many Boston radio personalities from WMJX and KISS 108.
Since COVID, Krisanthi has been performing a popular weekly virtual piano bar concert on her station Krisanthi5 on YouTube Live.
TV, FILM and RADIO
Krisanthi is in the 2022-23 Sony Pictures film Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody playing the role of Rickey Minor’s keyboard player in Whitney’s band.
Krisanthi's adult contemporary single "Hug A Million Times", named a "pandemic recovery anthem", reached #9 on the World Indie Charts in 2021 as well as placing in the Cashbox Top 100.
You can hear Krisanthi's voice and/or her original music and lyrics on recent and past episodes of "Parenthood" (NBC), "East New York" (CBS), "The Mindy Project" (FOX), "Once Upon A Time" (ABC), "One Life To Live" (ABC), "Containment" (CW), "Passions" (NBC), "Californication" (Showtime), "Younger" (TVLand) and "The Lair" (HereTV). Her music and/or singing in films include "I Dream Too Much", "Happygram", "Green River" and "Tying The Not".
Krisanthi’s music is played on radio stations and programs throughout the Boston area and several states nationwide and in Canada. Krisanthi’s songs recently surpassed four million spins on Pandora Radio and her music is also played on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Sirius XM, Amazon Music and other digital radio.
As an ASCAP songwriter and publisher, Krisanthi is a past 2nd place Winner of the prestigious Billboard® World Song Contest and The Next Holiday Classic Song Contest for her song “You and Me by the Christmas Tree” as well as having been the 3rd place Billboard® winner for her song “One Slow Dance A Day”.
She also tied for 1st place in NYC’s Cabaret Hotline Members' Choice Songwriters' Favorite Song Award for her song "My Back Yard" and was an Honor Award winner in the 10th Annual Great American Song Contest for her song “You and Me by the Christmas Tree”. She has continued to receive songwriting awards from the ASCAP Popular Music Awards Panel every year since 1999 for her music and lyrics in jazz, cabaret and pop.
Krisanthi’s songs are also performed live in her own concerts as well as by many other cabaret and jazz performers in New York City, Boston and Washington DC.
Krisanthi's single "Hug A Million Times" was named a "pandemic recovery anthem", and placed in the top 10 of the World Indie Charts and on the Cashbox Top 100.
Her album "Krisanthi sings Carole, Carly and Karen" is a great mix of retro soft rock favorites. Her album "And The Sun Will Shine" showcases some of her best songwriting, including her frequently requested song "The Voice". Live recording “Broadway Favorites ...and All That Jazz!” is a live show of Krisanthi and her band performing jazzy arrangements of songs from Broadway shows plus two original songs! Her holiday album “You and Me by the Christmas Tree”, features her jazz and pop arrangements of holiday classics along with two new Christmas songs that she wrote. Her other albums, "My Back Yard", "A Centennial Tribute To George and Ira Gershwin" and a live recording of her show, "Celebratin' Swing", are a mix of her jazzy arrangements of classic songs as well as her heartfelt award-winning original songs.
Krisanthi's song “If I Had Only Known” was featured on the compilation CD distributed to the European subscribers of Jazz Magazine along with a full feature article about her and her music.
Krisanthi's albums and digital downloads have been purchased by fans in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, Brazil, Spain, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and throughout the U.S. They have received many impressive press reviews and continue to sell thousands of copies, receiving air play and high accolades on radio stations nationwide and in Canada.
In other areas of musical employment, Krisanthi is the Music Director at Foxborough Universalist Church. She is also a songwriter and singing voice heard on many New England television and radio jingles.
As a private instructor of piano, music theory, and vocal performance, she is a member of The National Association for Music Education and The International Association of Jazz Educators.
In other areas of musical enjoyment, Krisanthi likes to play several other instruments, tap dance and swing dance.