Biography

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Kristin Urban, known as The Urban Empress, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota with a strong musical background. Being born into a musical family helped her to develop her own talents.  In 1993, while with the Livity Nyahbinghi Choir, she realized her passion for performing and entertaining others musically.

Performing in the Milwaukee, WI area over the last 15 years, The Urban Empress and the UrbanItes formed a band in 2002 to find that they would play a big part in the local circuit. Finding this family of musicians allowed her to create the healing power of music.  Her vision has always been to reach people and heal people through her music. The UrbanItes continue their strong reggae influence by opening concerts for artists including Burning Spear, Luciano, The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, and The Meditations. The band has performed at Summer Fest, Sky Line Music Series, River Rhythms, Michigan Reggae Festival, Summer Soulstist, Bay View Bash, Brady Street Festival, and in Jamaica. The Urban Empress has made special guest appearances with King Solomon, Natty Nation, Lady Sage, The Grateful Dub band, The Maroons, One Drum, Prince Jabba and Lynval Jackson. The Urban Empress divides her time between her two homes here in the Midwest and in Jamaica. She strives to share love, joy, and the messages of the music with everyone she meets along the way.

Urban Empress – lead vocals
Stuart Dove – background vocals, guitars
Cecilio Negron Jr. – percussion, vocals
Erick Radloff – drum kit
Michael McCutchen- bass
David “Jesus” Wake – background vocals, organ, clavinet, melodica
Dan Reed Wadadli- guitar and vocals

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