After winning Miss Mississippi 2005 and competing in the Miss America Pageant, Kristian Dambrino completed a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and traveled around the world singing and dancing as a Production Vocalist for Celebrity Cruises.
Prior to this, Dambrino performed at benefits all over the nation to help raise more than $15 million in hurricane relief aid and sang in the MSNBC hurricane relief benefit concert, Mississippi Rising. She also appeared on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. Kristian has performed with Morgan Freeman, Sela Ward, Faith Hill, Pam Tillis, Samuel L. Jackson, Delta Burke, Jean Smart, Mary Ann Mobley, Rita Cosby, Macy Gray, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Kathy Ireland, Brian McKnight, Gary Morris, and many more. In addition to this, Dambrino opened for Oprah Winfrey at her Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Kosciusko, MS. Kristian’s song, Pearlington’s Prayer, was recorded and produced on a DVD, The Pearlington’s Prayer Project, which is still being sold to raise more money for Katrina victims. A finalist in the Willie Morris Writing Competition and published author (Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember), she has written and copyrighted hundreds of original songs as well as two original plays.
Kristian lives in Nashville, TN, where she worked as a Graphic Designer for Brentwood Communications, gigging around town and obtaining a Masters in Music Business from Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). Recently, Dambrino graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a Master of Science in Nursing as a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
In 2016, Dambrino wrote and recorded a jazz / blues duet album of original compositions entitled, Bluer Than This, with pianist Fish Michie of Merigold, MS, which was awarded the 2017 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Best Contemporary Music Composition. Dambrino and Michie's follow-up Christmas album, Tidings of Comfort & Joy, will be released November 2017.
Jim “Fish” Michie hails from Merigold, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta. He joined his first band in 1966 and has continued playing ever since that first gig at Morrison’s Skating Rink in Cleveland, MS. After playing with various bands and artists in the Delta through the 60's and 70's and earning his M.Ed. in counseling from Delta State, he then continued his studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, focusing primarily on music.
Lessons from Lois Levanthal, Bill Gower, and Raoul Jerome broadened Michie’s musical horizon. He counts Bill Evans, Mose Allison, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Oscar Peterson, James Carroll Booker, Booker T. Jones, Lori Mechem, and Duke Ellington as major influences.
After a career in the Tangents, affectionately known as the House Band of Mississippi, Michie moved to Nashville, TN. He toured with Larry Stewart of Restless Heart and has appeared with Lee Roy Parnell, T. Graham Brown, Charmaine Neville, Gary Rossington, Ace Cannon, Vince Gill, Bo Diddley, and many others. He has appeared with the Yalobushwhackers on the Thacker Mountain/DMI radio show and has recorded with Buddy Miles, Bob Babbitt, Big Mike Griffin, Duff Dorrough, to name a few.
Michie currently plays the downtown Nashville area with blues and jazz groups as well as accompanying classes at the Nashville Jazz Workshop and leading his jazz quartet, Fish and the Chips.