Chrystabell Conceives of the Future with ‘Midnight Star’

There is a feeling that in order to achieve something – anything – you must first be inspired. As if some divine light will find your mind and sow the seed of something great you just have to work on it. This is of course silly. One can wait a lifetime for such inspiration. The best way then is to start something–anything–and then see if a little inspiration, already on the move, will find you to increase your push.

Texas-based artist Kristabel knows this all too well. She waits for nothing. Instead, it’s always on the move, running, and flying to some foreign lands to come back with more on hand. She creates her own inspiration that is rooted in what she finds excellent. It’s her own chemistry but she’s always willing to share it. She’s done so on her upcoming album, Midnight Star, which is due out Friday (January 21), and in her latest music video for “Silent Scream,” which the American songwriter will be showing today.

“I’m struggling with myself, I’ll say, I’m waking up in myself,” Christabel told the American songwriter. “My effort is to do the work myself. I’m not looking for someone else to do it for me. In some ways, it’s the middle of the night. Maybe she’s the one I look up to for inspiration.”

The midnight star, though, is a feature of Chrystabell’s creation. She is the star of her new album. A combination of the many beautiful and beautiful celebrations that Christabel has collected along her path in life. In this way, Chrystabell showed her by example. From that, she wrote and created a new record that she then hopes will inspire others in their continuing journeys. With this inspiration and gravity Which goes along with that, Christabel says she hopes Clarity finds itself and its listeners. And while that clarity may not last, given the oddity of the world and its inherent randomness, it just means there’s room for more.

“I look forward to making the best possible choices at every moment,” she says. “And I get a lot of inspiration from the possibility that others will look at the choices I make. It is easier to love humanity than to love myself.”

For Chrystabell, the act of creativity involves reciprocity. It is mutual. So, her love for humanity means that she gives and, in turn, gets much of it back for herself in the long run. It’s a beautiful circle. It was fruitful. The 43-year-old artist, born in San Antonio, has been around from an early age. Her mother is a singer and owns her own singing telegram company. Chrystabell saw her diligent mother work hard, write unique songs for each client, and dress and play the role. Later on, Chrystabell’s mother and stepfather began setting up a recording studio that grew to become of major importance in South Texas.

“It reinforced my idea that choosing music as a lifestyle, as a profession, was possible,” she says.

Her family has always supported her efforts, which not every artist can say. Her father was also an artist and an “eclectic” person, she says. He even founded a “natural burial” funeral parlor that Chrystabell helps run today. She herself started recording early, as a result of her family owning the studio. As such, she was accustomed to the life of a professional artist early on. However, just because one is able to work quickly and well, does not mean that they have found their “voice”. Chrystabell knew that, too. Designed for illustrators and artists when I got a little older, and eventually ended up with it Italian fashion. Modeling was, for Chrystabell, a way to literally and figuratively try on many hats as a way to find which one fits her best. Through work, I better discover who you are, as a person.

“I just loved the whole word for creating the characters and seeing different parts of myself,” says Christabel. “It was a way to get to know myself.”

She also worked. At the age of 18, she was in a Kung Fu movie with Jet Li, Once upon a time in China and America. She loved to be a part of many forms of expression. But music, through it all, has remained her biggest love. Still in his teens, Chrystabell played the lead singer of the Texas-based band 8 ½ Souvenirs based in Austin. But after dissolving that popular band (after releasing two LPs) Chrystabell found perhaps her biggest break. Since the early 2000s, she has developed a strong friendship and working relationship with director and artist David Lynch. The two co-wrote two records (and an allegedly unreleased third) and Chrystabell appeared in an important role on the final third season of his hit TV show. Twin PeaksLike Tammy Preston.

“It was truly this decades of friendship and mentoring that started the moment we met,” Christabel says.

She adds that Lynch is one of those people who makes everyone he meets feel special. However, the two have undeniable chemistry. He is humble but a genius. Clear-eyed but diverse in his approach. Chrystabell says they worked together in his L.A. condominium-like home where there is a recording studio, a printing press, a darkroom, and more. He loves woodworking, animation and drawing too. When they first met, Lynch was working on some music and Chrystabell was perfect for songs. In 2011, they released the album this trainAnd in 2016 they released an EP Somewhere in the nowhere.

“[Meeting Lynch] It was one of those moments that changed your life forever,” Christabel says.

Now, though, she’s more productive than ever. Her new album is an 11-track epic comprising of synths, dark and sultry vocals, all accompanied by a sense of playfulness and awe-inspiring realism. It’s part David Bowie and Joni Mitchell, and it’s part NASA. It is associated with love and a little camp too. The idea, Christabel says, is that it’s the soundtrack for a future TV show that hasn’t been created yet. Something that might fit in the 1980s. Notable features include “Suicide Moonbeams” and reflective “Love My Way” as well as an honorary “Midnight Star”

“I’ve devoted my whole life to music,” Christabel says. “It has the fullness and ability to be something you can build your entire existence on. That’s what I’m here to do.”

Photo by Matthew Peyton / The Missing Pieces Collection

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