STATEN ISLAND, NY— Staten Island is known for being home to some of the greatest musical acts that have ever existed. Big stars like Gene Simmons, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Christina Aguilera and Bebe Rexha (to name a few) call the borough home. Recently, we caught up with Staten Island’s next up and coming musical star – Elaine Kristal.
As a native of West Brighton and alumna of Wagner High, Kristal said she was proud to be from the borough.
“Staten Island has always been a place you always come back to. So, I mean, it’s just that I was born and raised. It’s in my blood,” she said.
The singer started writing musical pieces as a student at Wagner High School.
“I played them for a few friends, and they cried, and I was like, ‘Wait a minute. You know, maybe it’s a little something,” she recalled.
“From then on, I kept writing. I started meeting people who had recording studios. I started connecting with people who produce music. And we started playing on the island.
His self-proclaimed R&B sound infused with modern bounce has captivated audiences across New York and via TikTok – garnering more than 80,000 followers on the platform.
Kristal has also worked with a fair share of notable musical artists.
She was featured on fellow Staten Islander and 1/10th of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man’s seventh studio album, Meth Lab Season 3: The Rehab. Kristal lent her vocals to the chorus melodies of the album’s number one track titled “Stop Crying” featuring Method Man and Cappadonna.
“I wrote a hook, and I recorded it, and I heard he was playing with it, and he said he wanted it to be the first on the album. So, for me, it was epic, because he’s a legend. He’s the man,” Kristal explained.
If she had success, it was not without overcoming adversity.
“Ahead, my family was still struggling financially,” she recalls. “There was a lot of traveling, you know, like we had to deal with a lot of going from place to place, to the next place. Even though we were still on the island, it was still kind of a struggle.
Kristal said she was most proud of having given her all to music.
“I feel like right now I feel like I’m doing my best to celebrate the little things. So there’s a lot of accomplishments and goals that I’ve achieved so far. this since I made the decision to go all out. So I feel like that’s one of the biggest things that’s happened to me that I’m super proud of.” she explained.
The musical artist is currently working on his 12-track freshman studio album.
Overall, Kristal said she wants to inspire other Staten Islanders to go all out to do what they love.
“I just want to inspire people as much as possible on Staten Island because I know a lot of people. There’s, look, New York has this kind of thing where they always say we’re the forgotten neighborhood, right. But many people don’t realize that there is so much talent on the island. There is so much. And I feel like, hopefully, my community will gain some inspiration. And some just like, like ‘umph’ to go after whatever they want,” Kristal said.