Even before she has her first interactions with the famous Stanley family, Kristi was singing and following traditional country music. Her first encounter came when she met Ralph Stanley II after a taping of Prime Time Nashville. He was performing on the show as a member of the Clinch Mountain Boys with his dad, and saw her sitting in the audience.
They met at a get-together after the taping, and within two years, they were man and wife. Kristi and Ralph II now have two children together, Taylor and Ralph III, and as they are older and better able to fend for themselves, their mom is ready to pursue music again.
Dr. Ralph had invited her to be part of his 2001 recording, Clinch Mountain Sweethearts, for Rebel Records. It opened her up to the experience of being involved in the profession of bluegrass music, and allowed her to meet and work with some of her heroes. Now she is going in to the studio on her own.
A debut bluegrass record is expect on Union House in 2017. Kristi says that she is enjoying the process of recording, and of putting her own group together to tour in support.
“I’m very excited to be a part of Union House Records, and all of the people involved with my project have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and open minded to my production ideas and arrangements. The recording process has been an inspiration to me and offered a lot of insight to my own artistry, as well as growing my anticipation about the future and promoting these tracks on the road. I am really looking forward to a great relationship with this label and to releasing the album and getting out on tour.”