This profile was published as part of Gandhi’s Be Magazine’s #ProfilesofChangemakers series, uplifting the stories, lives, and work of Changemakers who are being the change they wish to see in the world.
Kristin Hoffmann is a New York City-based singer-songwriter, and she is a Gandhi’s Be Magazine Artist For Peace. Kristin writes music that opens hearts to the important social and environmental issues of our time, covering World Ocean’s Day, Global Woman Peace Foundation Walk to End FGM, and Standing Rock, just to name a few. In her twenties, Kristin started to realize the true power of music as a way to boost important worldly issues and messages. In 2007, she felt a calling to write and record “Song for the Ocean,” an original piece, in preparation of performing at a big Ocean awareness summit in St. Petersburg, FL, highlighting the final push and momentum to make World Oceans’ Day an official UN recognized holiday. At the event, she remembers looking out at an audience of 1,000 people, standing and holding hands, singing about the Ocean, tears running down cheeks, and it was a life-changing moment around the future direction of her music serving as a powerful, emotional-based activism tool, rather than being merely about the music itself. From that point forward, Kristin began to advocate for various causes through the vehicle of song, creating pieces to bring awareness to the decline of bees, factory farming, the effects of war, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), peace, the plight of the American Mustang and celebrating virtues like “Love and Gratitude” and “The Golden Rule.” Most recently, Kristin had the opportunity to perform “Song for the Ocean” journey at the Sydney Opera House to 700 Australian children… a dream come true!
Kristin says, “My experience with musical activism and healing has opened me up to a whole new world of sharing and interdependence. My previous years as a musician going through the mainstream “entertainment based model” of the music industry often felt very isolating and “Me oriented.” When I finally stepped into the space of using music as a vehicle for universal worldly messages, my whole life began to flow, and for the first time, I felt in total alignment with my path. Now every interaction, conversation or inspirational moment with others is an opportunity for a new musical sharing about the world and our Humanness!”
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