Kristen Spath


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Musician, Songwriter

Kristen Spath treasures her many fond memories of making music with her father, a talented clarinetist in several big bands. Her passion for the piano was deeply influenced by the rich tapestry of the music she grew up listening to, which inspired her to serve as a musical director for various local productions as well as provide private lessons, which she began doing at just 18 years old. Emulating her father's example, Kristen included her daughter, Brittany, in her musical journey, and together they have become an unstoppable duo in performance and songwriting. When Brittany was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2019, their shared musical gifts became a source of support and inspiration. Their band, 8:28, performs at fundraisers and events to raise awareness for chronic illnesses like MS. Kristen also generously shares her talents with those in memory care facilities and hospitals, bringing the healing power of music to those who need it most. Kristen lives and breathes music, embodying a compassionate spirit and a profound belief in music's ability to uplift and heal.