Though she lives in Los Angeles to be close to the action in the music industry, singer and keyboardist Kristine Mirelle has not forgotten her roots as a hometown girl.
Parts of her newly released music video, “For You,” were filmed recently in Roswell.
The song and video are a bittersweet story of a young soldier who was killed in battle, leaving behind a grieving wife or girlfriend.
The Roswell High School graduate said the song is dedicated to all U.S. military families who have lost a loved one.
“I created ‘For You’ to hopefully create healing for those who have lost someone they loved. It also brings hope that we might see our loved ones again.”
While the military and funeral scenes were filmed in Roswell, the remaining footage was shot at the Grand Canyon, White Sands National Monument and Madison, Wisconsin. The scenes featuring the young couple were filmed in Los Angeles.
“I filmed most of it while I was on a charity tour through the United States.”
When Mirelle does a charity tour, she pays for all of her traveling expenses. This year, she toured the U.S. and in the past years she has toured in Thailand, South Africa and Peru.
She performs what she calls “motivation concerts” at YMCAs and Boys & Girls Clubs. While in Roswell on her most recent tour, she performed at the Roswell Youth ChalleNGe and East Grand Plains and Sunset Elementary schools.
“It’s my main focus now to use music as a tool to inspire, heal, motivate and hopefully create a little bit of happiness in people’s lives,” she said. “I work with children for that reason also. At an early stage, their minds are creating what they think of the world and their attitudes they have will be critical to their success and happiness.
“Performing for them and speaking to them is especially important to me because of my desire to create real purpose in my life and to use my gifts and abilities to leave the world a little bit better than how I found it and to hopefully inspire others to do the same with their unique talents.”
Unlike many other rising female stars who possess a winning combination of talent and beauty (she has posted hundreds of glamour photos of herself on social media), Mirelle is neither self-absorbed nor leads the wild lifestyle all too common with many in the music industry.
Her father, Michael Trujillo, said he is blessed to have three adult children of which he can be proud.
“I am very proud of her,” said Trujillo, who is a local business owner and is a former Chaves County commissioner. “I see lots of things with the changing of generations. All three of my children are awesome kids. I don’t have to worry about them getting into trouble. Besides Kristine, one is in military and another is working for a cyber company.”
Trujillo owns a tortilla chip company in Roswell called El Charro and served in the U.S. Army in Iraq shortly after 9/11.
Trujillo said his daughter comes from a musical family.
“My wife and I met in high school when we were pretty young. We met singing in the church choir,” Trijillo said. “We love to sing and play.”
His wife, Mireya Trujillo, is the director of human resources at Roswell Independent School District and the former principal of Sunset Elementary.
He said Kristine, who uses her middle name Mirelle as a stage name, started playing piano at a very young age.
“She could play piano, violin, guitar and drums,” he said.
Mirelle took piano lessons in Roswell from Mike Lively, but does not have a music degree.
“I was on ‘X Factor’ a few years ago with Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato,” she said. “Kelly Rowland was my ‘mentor’ on the show and I had made top 10 in my category.”
Mirelle’s music has a healthy dose of ‘60s soul, and some of her favorite artists include Stevie Wonder and Lana Del Ray, whose album “Ultraviolence” reached No. 1 in the United States in 2014. She sings in both English and Spanish.
Mirelle has lived in Los Angeles for the past seven years and has a busy schedule performing in clubs as a soloist or with a band, both Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Asked to compare Los Angeles with Roswell, she said, “I like them both, although they are very different from each other. Roswell is very family oriented, but LA has lots of music opportunities.”
Asked what’s next in her career, Mirelle said she is always working on new albums and videos. “All of my songs have videos.”
To find Mirelle on the internet, visit these sites.
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/KristineMirelle or @KristineMirelle.
TWITTER: twitter.com/kristinemirelle or @KristineMirelle
Community News editor Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or email@example.com.