Kjersti Long

There’s no question that 17-year-old KJERSTI LONG will be heard from in 2024. It could be her single “Sad Song” that dropped February 9th via Origin Entertainment/ModSquad (ADA); or the in-the-works and Broadway bound musical (Relative Space), based on her music and provisionally set for a 2025 debut; or the lead single from Vanessa Williams next album that she co-penned, “Legs (Keep Dancing)”, which dropped in Late-April and returned the Grammy nominated songstress Williams back to the airwaves after a 15-year absence.

Initial notices have praised the Williams-track for its spirited rhyme and rhythmic pulse. Soul Vibe said of the track: “Legs” is a funky pop workout of a song that finds Vanessa reestablishing her foothold in the industry. She turns to her trusted collaborator Kipper Jones along with co-songwriters/producers Chantry Johnson and Kjersti Long to craft the comeback joint, and they do not disappoint. The song manages to sound current without chasing trends, giving an industry vet like Vanessa a perfect re-entry into a lane she had great success in throughout the ’80s and ’90s.”

NEW HD’s Zach Martin, who has interviewed Long several times, called her a “Force of nature,” and termed her writing and performance “Off the charts.”

Markos Papadatos in Digital Journal said of the future star: “She is precocious and proves to be a true force to be reckoned with in the contemporary music industry. Her vocal range is in a league of its own and she deserves to be the next big female star in music.”

Medium said of Long: Teen sensation multi-talent Kjersti Long (pronounced care-sti) is a musician who is destined to be the next huge star. She is gaining millions of admirers as she hits the airways and platforms with her original music and extremely gifted covers — watch out Taylor Swift.”

An artist launch performance at NYC’s The Bitter End in 2019 cemented her performing chops; drawing plaudits from a host of industry stalwarts there to see her as well as the SRO crowd. Since then, she has played and headlined at iconic venues across the country including the Delancey and Apollo in NYC, The Stone Pony in NJ, House of Blues in San Diego, The Velour in Utah and even an SRO show in Brazil to name just a few.

She spoke to the New York Independent on her first musical influences: “My first concert had to have been Stevie Nicks. It was a crazy experience; I was for sure the youngest one at the concert. I love concerts, and I’ve been to so many I don’t know if I can count them all. My mom likes to joke that concerts are just homework assignments for me because I’m always studying the artist looking for cool new things that I can incorporate into my own performances and music.”

In 2023, Kjersti successfully became a music influencer predominately on Instagram and YouTube, producing over 50 videos with a million + views and over 160k new followers in the year. Also, she dropped 2 singles “IDC (Ask Me If I Care),” a collaboration with Ryan Follese, lead singer of RCA’s multi-platinum Hot Chelle Rae; and “Burn It Down”, with each single hitting over 1M streams and counting across all platforms.

Since the musical Relative Space hosted a red carpet at its workshop premiere last summer in Salt Lake City, two Broadway production houses: Tony and Grammy award winning Van Dean Productions (Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple) and 6x Tony Award Winner The 42nd.Club (Moulin Rouge, Hadestown, Parade, The Lehman Trilogy, & Juliet and Company) have signed on to shepherd the show along its journey to Broadway. It is currently targeting a London premiere in 2025.

17-year-old Long is also prepping an EP for release later this year called Emotions.

Kjersti is determined to be a voice of empowerment and hopes her music can be a pillar of hope to the downtrodden. She says “I just want my music to be a light to those that are in the dark. If my music can help just one person, then I’m happy.”