A former professional cheerleader, Kristin Kinkel attended the Hawaii Pacific University on a full cheerleading scholarship. After receiving her degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), she served as an educator of English as a second language and bilingual education. She joined Varsity Spirit Corporation as head instructor and judge, organizing cheerleading clinics and camps for high school and college teams across the country. In her leisure time, Kristin Kinkel enjoys listening to Pink Martini, an Oregon-based band known for its unique style and genre.
Formed in 1994, the 12-musician group regards itself as a little orchestra, playing genres crossing from classical to jazz. Pink Martini has performed its multilingual repertoire in countries around the world, including Greece, Turkey, and New Zealand.
On November 2016, the band released its ninth studio album titled “Je dis oui!” which means “I say yes!” in French. The album consists of 15 tracks spanning eight languages (Arabic, Armenian, English, Farsi, French, Portuguese, Turkish, and Xhosa). It features several original songs, and covers of global classics including “Blue Moon,” and “Love for Sale.”
According to Thomas Lauderdale, the band’s pianist, the album reflects the cheerfulness and positivity that the band has achieved throughout their 22-year career. He further mentioned that an entertaining show can be expected from Pink Martini during their tour. He hinted that a lot of things are planned for the show, and hoped that all attendees would find the concert satisfying. For more information regarding the band’s tour, visit PinkMartini.com.