A Musical Mother’s Day Gift – “Melt”

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog, Music, News | 2 comments

“Melt” A song for mom
And an opportunity to show love
To young girls in need


This song “Melt” was inspired by my sweet mother.  I’ve learned so much from my mom; and one of the most important things I’ve learned from her was how to help those in need.  She was always opening her heart and our home to people that needed a place to stay, or a warm meal.  I remember being inspired when she would let me help her bring lunch outside to our gardeners each day when they were working on our yard… and then send them home (back to Mexico) with bags full of hand-me-down clothing for their families.

After my dad died when I was 5 years old, she started a support group for widows and widowers called “Friends in Common” and in the midst of her own grief, she created a space for others like her to come together and heal their hearts.

All my life she volunteered and served at whatever church we were part of, consistently showing up with devotion and so much love.

Since visiting Africa when my older brother was a baby, she always had a soft place in her heart for the people there.  So, after all her 5 children were grown and out of the house, she moved to Africa to serve and devote her life to bringing hope to the hopeless.

She spent 6 years there and eventually established a cafe called “Garden Cafe”, where young men and women who could not afford to stay in school could learn a trade.  Through her program there they learn many skills, including waiting tables, cash register, and cooking.  At the end of the program they get help with their resumes and help securing jobs in the city.

So many lives have been touched, healed, and transformed by the generosity and love of my mother, Catherine Petersen-Duran.

Today, on Mothers Day, I honor her the best way I know how… by sharing this song that I wrote for her and inviting you to support a cause that is near to my heart, International Network of Hearts.











You can download the song here for free as my gift to you.


Donate any amount of your choosing to support the rescuing of young girls from sex trafficking and sexual violence.  


100% of your donations go to International Network of Hearts.  



These girls cannot show there faces on camera because they are in hiding from their perpetrators.

Our Mission
To restore the lives of survivors of human trafficking and sexual violence, and prevent commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor through increased awareness, training, advocacy and collaboration at an interdisciplinary and international level.

Our Vision
A world where women and children are valued, protected from violence and exploitation and their human rights are defended.



These young girls need a mothers love more than anyone I can think of.

Thank you for listening and watching this video honoring all mothers.   I hope you’ll partner with me in supporting this very important cause and bring hope to these tender hearts.

Please SHARE and POST the link to my video below and help get this message out.

I love you!

Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers!

Sending you LOVE through the sound-waves…






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A Love Experience with Krista Richards – “Broken” EP Release Party & Fundraiser

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Blog, Music, News, tour | 0 comments

Join us for

“A LOVE Experience

with Krista Richards”

Saturday June 18th

at a beautiful Private Estate

in Del Mar, CA.  


We will be celebrating the official release of “Broken”, the second release in Krista’s 4 EP series taking us on a journey through LOVE.


Come experience LOVE through the full activation of all your senses!  Indulge in the glorious sights, soul stirring sounds, and tantalizing tastes presented in a luxuriously beautiful and intimate setting.


This event will benefit Surfrider Foundation San Diego County Chapter & Shakti Rising.  We will also host a Silent Auction to benefit these amazing organizations that are making a powerful difference on our planet and in our communities.


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The event will include:

  • LIVE Music, Art, & Entertainment
  • Amazing heart connections with wonderful like minded people
  • Gourmet Hors D’oeuvres by Chef James Montejano (local, organic, Non-GMO, GF, Vegan)
  • High Vibe Alcoholic and Non Alcoholic Beverages available at the bar
  • 8pm ~ $30 GA or $60 for VIP Access (does not include the full dinner)
  • 11pm ~ Dance Party ~ DJ lineup: Atypical, Matt Cole, and a few surprise guests!!  😉


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Krista Richards will present all the songs off the new EP and sprinkle in a handful of other intentionally selected love songs for your listening pleasure and will be accompanied by a full band of talented musicians including: Domonic Estes (guitar), & Christine Cyr (cello).

The Master of Ceremonies for this lovely evening will be none other than the Scott Brandon HoffmanHe lives to empower humanity and be a catalyst for change through truth, laughter and multimedia entertainment. Scott has a hilarious way of pointing out the ABSURDITY of it all. Get ready to LAUGH your ass off!

Charmed Life is bringing the heat with stunning Fire Performance Acts from Jennifer Quest aka HoopCharmer, accompanied by Alyssa Glitters, and Jayme Jordan.


Nomad Artz Theatrical Characters will be roaming the party, and the heated pool infusing extra playfulness into the experience!



And the icing on this delicious LOVE CAKE?? You guessed it!!  Heart Light Photos!!

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Come and get an unforgettable portrait with the creator of the Original photographic Heart Light capable of producing a heart-shaped reflection in your eyes, Aaron Dressin Photography.

****An Exclusive Intimate VIP experience is available to a limited 50 guests and includes; a full dinner with a champagne toast, private mini concert, meet & greet w/ Krista (including a heart light photo), prime VIP parking, “Broken” EP, and access to the VIP ONLY areas.  The VIP experience begins at 6:30pm ~ $90.

Behind the scenes making this incredible event happen are Maura Rassman, Betsy Finkelhoo, our host Ian Oliver, and The Love Warriors dream team!

Everyone of us co-creating this LOVE EXPERIENCE eagerly await the opportunity to connect with you, entertain you, uplift you, and shower you with LOVE!!

See you there!!

Krista, Maura, Betsy, Ian and the Love Warriors

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Announcing “Broken” EP Release Date June 18th

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog, Music, News | 0 comments


Well, not really…

but I AM about to GIVE BIRTH!

My new EP “Broken”

is arriving on the scene

June 18th!!!

I’ve been pouring my heart and soul into this project and I’m THRILLED to finally share these songs with the world!

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Pre-Order YOUR COPY Here thru BandCamp:


Watch this teaser video here:

“Broken” is the second EP in this 4 part series on LOVE…

It’s a follow up to Krista’s debut EP “Passion” released May 9th, 2014.

“Passion” explores the human experience of love and desire. It celebrates those precious moments of joy, romance, and the powerful reflection of the other.

“Broken” highlights our experience of loss in love and the shadow emotions that accompany heartache, along with the hope we ignite in it’s wake.

With the first track on the album titled “Song for Love” Krista’s deep and soulful voice beckons us to feel into our pain around love, and to not lose hope.  Then with “Just This” she invites us to celebrate the present moment, choose LOVE, and stand for something deeper.

“Realness of Love” sets us spinning with a very raw and vulnerable cry for true and meaningful connection, maybe even beyond what we’ve ever experienced or thought was possible.  Then “Sick in the Head” gets bold and sassy, declaring “I gotta stand up, and get over you…” – stepping courageously into the letting go, and trusting that when it’s time to say goodbye, there’s something on the other side waiting for us.

Krista end caps this journey through the shadow with an introspective look at her own process around heartache, noting “we’ve each played our part, on either side of a broken heart.” in a spoken word titled “What Justice”.  Here she boldly declares her insight that the love she’s received is directly correlate to the value she’s been holding for herself, and then sets out to create a new future from a place of truly loving herself…. leaving the listeners heart beating with hers in tandem, wondering…. “perhaps I can find the courage to do the same…”

Consider this YOUR invitation to embark on this journey through LOVE …really feel into each aspect of love represented in each song.  To search your heart and soul and uncover the mysteries and emotions that may be hidden there.  To heal, and restore that which requires it.  And ultimately to set yourself free, to love without hindrance, with a purity that only comes through the refiners fire.

Join us for the EP Release Party here in San Diego on June 18th!!

Thank you for your LOVE and SUPPORT!

I’m sending you LOVE through the sound-waves!


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Love Bath – An Evening of Intimate Discovery for Couples – Sat Feb 13th

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Blog, tour | 0 comments

Saturday Feb 13th

Beginning at 6pm

We invite you on a journey of discovery

With your partner

Into the depths of LOVE and CONNECTION



“An exploration of true intimacy”
“An opportunity to discover new depths of love”
“A guided full sensory experience”
“An intentional marrying of an intimate evening concert and sensual couples playshop”

Come experience a fully immersive evening with your partner- designed, curated, and guided by relationship expert Jessica Plancich Shinners and love songstress Krista Richards. This romantic evening is intended to leave ALL of your senses activated as you explore new depths of intimacy in the sensual candle lit pool house at Emerald Village Observatory. This totally enveloping sensory experience will guide you to feel, taste, touch, and listen your way through the evening. You will bathe in soulfully selected love songs, arching between exercises designed to enhance and support true intimacy, amidst four delicious high vibe courses and aphrodisiac elixirs. Our perfectly heated pool and cozy love nests will allow you to connect with your partner throughout the evening and foster greater levels of trust, surrender and expansive love.


What to bring:
– Non-breakable water bottle and toasting chalice
– Cozy cushions, blankets, & pillows
– Swim attire (optional) & towel
– Warm, cozy clothes (it’s chilly outside!)
– Any other delights that you’d like to share with your partner
– Your most receptive and authentic self

*The pool experience will be clothing optional
**Though we plan to share some aphrodisiac elixirs, please do not bring your own alcohol, we want to keep this a heightened, clear experience
***This is a sensual, non-sexual experience intended to foster intimacy for couples
****This is a PRIVATE community event

$169 per couple
Early kitty discount: the first 10 couples get it at $129

– For those of you coming from out of town and looking for a local place to stay,
may we suggest: La Quinta, Vista

~This highly intimate experience is limited to 20-25 couples.
Get your tickets early to secure your spot~

Passionate about life and love, singer/songwriter Krista Richards empowers her songs and lyrics with an infectious zeal for the music she creates, and the connection it allows her with people everywhere. Writing and singing from such a deep place of compassion and love; her smooth, sexy voice, electrifying presence and connection with her audience makes Krista one of the most passionate and evocative vocalists in the industry.

As a Marriage & Family Therapist, Jessica has guided couples for over 15 years to overcome barriers and deepen the practice of love. She fuses Eastern and Western philosophies, heart and mind and a playfully practical approach that invites deep truth and surrender.
about.me/ jessicaplancichshinners


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Custom Songs – An Exclusive Offer for Fans & Supporters

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Have you always wanted your very own song?  Maybe there’s a special person in your life that you’d like to give the gift of a song – just for them, or a song representing your shared love.   Or perhaps there’s a special occasion coming up that you’d like to make EXTRA special with a song written just for the occasion – a wedding, an anniversary, a proposal….

I have created a little space in my calendar to take on a handful of select custom songwriting clients.  I can only take one or two at a time so that I can provide the highest quality song, so this is a VERY exclusive offer.

It is NOT for everyone.

Songwriting requires a lot of time, energy, creativity, and money (to record).

Having your own custom song is like getting a star named after someone.  Not everyone has the extra money or even the desire to have a star named after someone.

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If you’re that person who gets excited about the possibility of having your very own custom song, written just for you and or your special someone or special event…. and you’re ready to talk about making that a reality.

Please contact me HERE and we can set up a time to discuss YOUR SONG!

“Sending you LOVE through the sound-waves”


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An Intimate Evening with Krista Richards at The Garden of Eden Sat August 8th

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog, tour | 0 comments

Join us for An Intimate Evening

With Krista Richards

 Dive into the sweet soulful sounds…

Up close and personal…

Under the Stars at

The Garden of Eden in Encinitas, CA

Saturday August 8th from 6:30p to 10:30p


Krista will take you on a journey of the soul as she shares her heart with you through her songs. Krista is joined by some very talented musicians: DTO (piano/percussion), Domonic Estes (guitar), and Will Henshall (guitar).  These evenings are always a deeply intimate and powerful experience, not to be missed.  This is the most unique live music experience and private dinner concert in San Diego.  One of the top places to take a date in San Diego; come solo or with friends and meet amazing people.


Watch this video showcasing one of the songs from a past “Intimate Evening Concert”:


Attendance is very limited, so you must pre-register to reserve your space.

 Tickets are $60 and include gourmet dinner, signature cocktail, dessert and a night you will remember fondly forever. 

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Thank you to our lovely hosts John Butters and Joel Sprechman of The Garden of Eden!!

Please bring a pillow for comfortable seating.  Also, do keep in mind that this event is being held outdoors in the evening in August. While we anticipate a warm summer evening, bring a jacket (just in case) blanket, other snugly items and prepare to get cozy!
Arrive on time to enjoy delicious dinner and tantalizing beverages prepared by the talented and highly seasoned Chef James Montejano executive chef at La Valencia hotel in La Jolla.

(Organic, Local, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Veg Friendly)

“I’m honored to be bringing the ‘Intimate Evening’ concert to The Garden of Eden!  This is a beautiful private residence in Encinitas with a secluded garden that’s perfect for this truly intimate experience; you’re in for a real treat.  As always, I’m looking forward to sharing my heart and soul with each one of you through song.  Your presence warms my heart and brings me joy.  I love you.” ~ Krista Richards


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