I didn't realize Kristy also had a record deal and all that experience...sounded like they pulled her right off the farm. I don't go to the AI site, so I'm not up on all their backgrounds, but it's interesting to read it here.

I just want to say that I do think performance skills are what costs a lot of them. It's harder than it seems, to connect with an audience, and it amazes me how some of them appear to think that hitting all the notes correctly means you did a great job. It's like with acting....just because you say all your lines, doesn't mean you had emotion behind those words, and truth, and honesty.

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be,
he must be. -- Abraham Maslow, American Psychologist