Billy Stritch,"Kris Russell is always a memorable addition to our cast-party open mike nights in Las Vegas. Her lightly swinging style lights up the stage and I always love playing for her."


I'm always excited to see Kris Russell when I bring Cast Party NYC to Las Vegas! But then.....she sings...and everyone is over-the-moon! Kris brings such a great taste and style to her swinging singing-and an inherent understanding of the lyrics. Brava Kris!"

Down In Brazil

Veteran Las Vegas based singer Kris Russell grew up in Sacramento with a passionate love of ballads, swing, cool jazz, bebop and traditional jazz inspired by the likes of Julie London, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. Continuing to establish herself as a timeless contemporary jazz vocalist in her own right, she follows her debut single “I Concentrate on You” with a sultry, soulful and exotic twist on Michael Franks’ travelogue classic “Down In Brazil.” Russell’s lighthearted, freewheeling version is fortified with a seamless blend of Fender Rhodes, acoustic guitar and smoky sax. Book your ticket now and venture “Down In Brazil” with this talented songstress!

Kris Russell' s newest release "I Concentrate On You, " Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter was included on TM Century's Gold Hit Disc #HC201635

For the week of Aug 19-Aug 26 2016 "I Concentrate On You" made the number # 10 spot out of 100 on the Radio Waves Prime Movers Jazz Chart!

"Nice work and a great voice! Her release easily crosses the line from Classic Jazz to Smooth Jazz with Solid Vocal Talent. We look forward to more from the very talented Miss Russell soon

 "I really enjoy this sultry delicious track. It will slowly sizzle those 'after hour ' moments!"

" We would be honored to provide airplay of Kris' music."

Excellent project! We love a lot and are going to support with an entry into playlist on the antennae of French and Russian Netradio ( we are particularly interested to disseminate other titles of Kris Russell on our stations! Christophe Marcy 2016-08-02 22:35:33

Shout out to the immensely talented Kris Russell. Early in her education as a vocalist, Russell was heavily influenced by Cole Porter's music, which is why she ...chose to release his song "I Concentrate On You". Learn more and listen to it now at

Superb! We will be adding this track to our jazz lovers playlist! Absolutely great vocal phrasing and wonderful arrangement! Refreshing!"

I Concentrate On You

KRIS RUSSELL I Concentrate On You Kris Russell

Growing up in a family of musicians and entertainers, vocalist Kris Russell was inspired by great female jazz singers, studied the styles of legendary Brazilian artists and has had a long passion for the works of Cole Porter. The veteran live performer draws from all of these influences on her debut single “I Concentrate on You,” a lush, intimate and inviting twist on the Porter classic, a delightful intro to a truly gifted and versatile singer!

Jazz Vocalist Kris Russell Releases New Single "I Concentrate on You" Celebrating Cole Porter's Musical Legacy and His Historic 125th Birthday

LAS VEGAS , June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Early in her education as a vocalist, Russell was heavily influenced by Cole Porter's music, which is why she chose to release Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You". Honoring Cole Porter's musical legacy, Kris Russell is excited to build on that momentum with the launch of her new single in Europe and the US, coinciding with the beloved composer and lyricist's historic 125th birthday celebration.


Cole Porter's music was groundbreaking and sophisticated and Kris Russell's CD features a groundbreaking new arrangement of "I Concentrate On You" that is stunningly beautiful. Growing up in a family of jazz musicians, Kris was exposed to all forms of jazz, including the music of Cole Porter in her formative years. She began developing her sophisticated and elegant style after listening to all the greatest jazz singers, such as Anita O'Day, June Christy, Julie London, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney and Ella Fitzgerald. Heavily influenced by the sounds of bossa nova, Russell listened to Brazilian legends Maros K. Valle, Astrud Gilberto, Ellis Regina, Lenny Andrade and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Kris continues to perform the great American songbook, bossa nova, samba and all the great jazz standards. Backed by a full symphony and Richard Rome's lush and beautiful arrangement, Kris Russell expresses her pure and natural voice in her version of Cole Porter's beloved, classic jazz standard. Her aspiration with this song is to be a first-rate version of herself and express herself as an original.

Russell effortlessly blends the early, powerful influences of the other great jazz vocalists into her sophisticated style of singing. Kris says her ability to produce her own CD has been a wonderful gift and she is looking forward to producing and releasing another CD in 2016. Her new CD gained attention earlier in 2015 when Kris appeared as a co-host on KUNV 91.5 FM's "Jazz Traditions with the Jazz Masters" in Las Vegas and also "Networking Experts" on KDWN 720 AM. Russell has a Pandora Radio station and is gaining airtime with EBS Media, K-Jazzy Radio, WJMX Smooth Jazz Boston, WDGP Radio Marlboro and other stations that are playing her CD. 

Her CD can be purchased on iTunesSpotify, AmazonGoogle PlayCD Baby and at other retailers. She is currently gaining more radio airplay through distribution in the US and elsewhere. Her website is

Kris Russell ( is available for interviews in Las Vegas and nationwide by phone. Review copies of her CD are available upon request.

Ms. Russell would be a grand welcoming addition for airplay on my Radio Jazz Waves. Her voice is delicate, light and her song is mesmerizing to the ears. She doesn't disappoint in this rendition of "I Concentrate On You."

For the months of Aug. Sept. and Oct. 2016 Kris Russell's newest release "I Concentrate On You , music and lyrics by Cole Porter and arrangement by Richard Rome was on the Radar Chart at

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