Jan Krist

Singer Songwriter Artist

   Feb 22

Update on My sister Denise

My sister Denise is still with us. It’s been 5 years since she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, but she is doing amazingly well and we are grateful for all the help and love and prayers you all have sent our way. Thanks!!

   Jul 30


Jan Krist & Outpost Music and Art

I have been truly blessed by the grace of the audiences I have been playing for in MI, WI, IL, OH and IN. Many thanks to all those who attended!


Paste Magazine’s site is as bright and busy as a pinball machine. It’s great, you could get lost in it for days. I floated over it yesterday to see if they had posted  Josh Jackson’s article on artists who paint (which I am part of ) and was totally geeked to find a link to a  quiet little song from Blind Pilot @ Newport FF. I clicked on it and was only mildly disappointed to see that somehow my son Ian (the vibraphone player for BP) wasn’t on the video. Mildly-because they are really great no matter how you slice it. Perhaps the vibraphone would have been too loud. It was a very delicate sound, but I digress… Paste.   Back in the 90′s Paste covered my work and one of my songs was on a Paste sampler. Then it was a real magazine with glossy pages and a CD in a back pocket. Now the pictures rotate, there are articles,  videos,  sound files and you can catch up on music news while listening to new music. It’s a deeply layered site and you may want to put it on your weekly haunt list.


Here it is!  http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2012/08/23-musicians-share-their-paintings.html

Standout pieces include work by Ani de Franco, Hanna Hooper and Wade Schuman of Hazmat Modine (whose work really knocked me out ). Take a peek and see what you think. My work is on page 5 of 6.

Many thanks to Josh at Paste, Ellen Stanley at RedHouse Records and Dave Tamulevich at Tamulevich Artists Management.

 Jim Bizer and I continue to tour together and our CDs continues to do well. We will be starting work on a third Jan and Jim project this summer if all goes well. In addition keep an eye out for my upcoming children CD!


Good news! BIG THINGS are afoot. We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of “Curious”, my first CD on Silent Planet Records, on October 1, 2016, at the Trinity House Theatre in Livonia Michigan. I’ll have a full band: Alan Finkbeiner on Drums, Jim Bizer on Guitar and Pat Prouty on Bass. Our special guest will be Paul Finkbeiner on Trumpet. Curious was produced by Jim Dickinson and Newton Carter, both of these amazing producers have passed away in the past coupe of years, We will be honoring their work and we will also be celebrating the songs that came from this collaboration with Steve West and Silent Planet Records.

A word on this from Bob Darden,

Twenty years ago, we had people named Clinton and Bush vying for the highest office in the land, we had war and rumors of wars in the Middle East, we had a deeply divided nation … and we had Jan Krist making sense of it all inCurious. Twenty years later, Curious still makes sense. And it is still great music. It is one of the few CDs (and yes, I still listen on CD) from my days with Billboard magazine that I listen to regularly. It is timeless. It is magical. It is musical. It’s a classic. I’ve given away numerous copies of all of Jan’s CDs through the years. Her music still matters. Her lyrics still illuminate. I used to share Curious with friends with a slight sense of superiority for having “discovered” her first. As I’ve gotten older, I now share Curious with a deep sense of humility, coupled with just a little awe of her talent. This is something special. Sharing it is the least I can do.


Robert F. Darden, Professor

Journalism, Public Relations and New Media

One Bear Place #97353

Baylor University

Waco, TX 76798-7353

Black Gospel Music Restoration Project



Other New and past News…

Hey folks! Welcome to the Jan Krist website. Lots has been going on as usual. I have finished my BFA and have posted some of the work to my artwork page. I’m looking forward to being with the good people of the Grunewald Guild in Leavenworth , WA in March for an art residency, which will be followed by our spring songwriting retreat. If you would like to sign up for one of the two annual Grunewald songwriting retreats hosted by yours truly please visit the Guild’s site at http://www.grunewaldguild.com

I will be teaching two additional workshops this year. The first in April in Denver Colorado (check my FB site for more on that one) and the second in Curtis, MI at the Above the Bridge Songwriters Retreat. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/827373670627632/

A number of the Grunewald songwriters will be performing at several venues in April in Spokane, WA and on Orcas Island to promote our class at the Guild. Mandy Troxal, Emily Ann Peterson, and I will hit the road together to present songs we’ve written at the Guild in the round. If you would like more info please check the gigs page to the right of your screen.

   Aug 04

Fallow Ground is Available Now!

Fallow Ground CD CoverFallow Ground, Jan Krist’s highly anticipated new CD is available now at shows and through cdbaby.com.

This CD was a long time coming and includes the songs : Flew Away, Burn Down Love, Never Was Enough, Fallow Ground, Jesus Saves, So Sweet that it Burns, Guilt and Shame, Charcoal Sky, Mama was a Beauty, Auld Langsine, The Moon’s an Orange Boat, In God’s Name (what did we do in..), Sunday Morning & A Song for Hard Times.

Fallow Ground is a thoughtful mapping of the past six years +, with the kind of lyrical power we have come to expect from this acclaimed singer-songwriter.

Tracks feature performances by many of Krist’s favorite collaborators; Annie Capps & Jim Bizer of the Yellow Room Gang, Alan Finkbeiner and Kenny Meeks.

There are also a number of newcomers to the mix; Rod Capps, Joel Gragg, Lauren Bittinger, Jason Dennie, Michael “Bear” Clare and Warsaw Symphony Cellist, Dan Zombrano.

Jan along with her husband and musical partner, Alan Finkbeiner, started this CD in Livonia MI at Trinity House Theatre 4 years ago when they recorded a live solo concert of Jan’s music. Plans for the CD were put aside when Jan’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer 2 months after the recording was made. This loss followed by a move to Fort Wayne, IN and a list of major life events strung closely together left the “Trinity” sessions in limbo.

Jan held out hope of including some of the Trinity session on “Fallow Ground”, but  ”The writing was on the wall,”

she said. “It was just too much on top of so much. Due to initial recording problems followed by computer problems (followed by a much needed upgrade), retrieval of  files from the session have been made difficult and time consuming. While we hope we can recover them at some point we decided to go ahead and re-record some of the same songs along with others written over the last 4 years.

We tried to hold on to the original seed of the Trinity session in some ways. Several songs are produced with only guitar and vocal.

All of this is why I wrote the song ‘Fallow Ground’ and why I named this CD ‘Fallow Ground’.

Every time we  tried to finish this CD life took a turn and plowed the whole thing back under. It has been very frustrating to us , but I have to believe that somehow … it’s  what was meant to be… That in the long run this recording is richer and sweeter for having spent all that time waiting.

I love these songs and I love the tone of this record. It’s a real blessing to be able to finally get these tunes out! ”

Holders of the ‘Trinity Bootleg’ can trade their proxi discs in for a copy of ‘Fallow Ground’ starting mid July.

Watch for concert dates in your area.

   Mar 13

Blogging away

Jan has been blogging away at her MySpace. Catch the latest at http://www.myspace.com/thejankrist. You can also keep an eye on this space because it’s finally getting a makeover. The fabulous duo of Annie and Rod Capps are constructing the new pages even as we speak, so to speak. Once the new pages are up we’ll be moving Jan’s Blog to her home page.

   Nov 04

Jan Krist and Jim Bizer Duo CD

The New Duo CD from Jan Krist and Jim Bizer called “Influence” is now available through CDBaby.com!

“Influence” is out and getting airplay on a number of public radio stations.

   Oct 04

No More Biddies

No more Biddies! Many thanks to the wonderful Kitty Donohoe and the amazing Claudia Schmidt for our time as the Biddies. We know many of you came out to see us and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Kitty and Jan are still part of the Yellow Room Gang though, so the merriment will continue. What’s Next? Watch for the Sweethearts of the Yellow Room, Jan, Kitty and the wonderful Annie Capps.