DeBarge Takes a Cue from Coochie Queen Britney Spears

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Live Performance, News

kristinia debarge

We haven’t seen a DeBarge this pretty since El DeBarge. Kristinia DeBarge, the 19 year-old daughter of James DeBarge is going on the road with Britney Spears and Ciara for the North American leg of the tour.

On Wednesday, when Britney Spears announced the opening acts for the forthcoming North American dates of her Circus Tour, seeing Ciara’s name wasn’t a surprise: The “Goodies” singer opened Brit’s recent London dates. But less familiar is the name of the other opening act, Kristinia Debarge, who — although she has a fast-rising hit with her debut single “Goodbye” (which samples Steam’s 1969 hit “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” and is also featured in Nivea commercial) and comes from a family with a solid legacy in R&B — is a new artist.

Kristinia, 19, is the daughter of James DeBarge, keyboardist and a founding member of long-running R&B group DeBarge. According to her MySpace page, Kristinia had wanted to sing since the age of 3, but finally confessed her desire to her father at the ripe old age of 12.

“He wanted me to be a doctor or lawyer,” she said. “I tried to be open to other careers because I didn’t want to disappoint him but my heart was set on singing.” Though she wasn’t yet a teenager, her father took her interest seriously enough to bring her into the studio and test her skills and endurance. After a late-night recording session, Kristinia proved herself, and her career was underway.

A year later, in the summer of 2003, Kristinia appeared on “American Juniors,” a short-lived spin-off of “American Idol,” and placed in the final 20. Kristinia’s father began bringing her on tour with him, and she met Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on one of those trips. They soon began working together, and Kristinia inked a deal with Island/ Def Jam Records earlier this year. Her debut LP, Exposed, is slated for release on July 28.

“Joining Britney Spears for her Circus tour will be an amazing and surreal experience for me,” Kristinia said in a statement posted on Spears’ site. “I have been dreaming of an opportunity like this forever, and can’t wait.”

The tour opens on August 20 in Hamilton, Ontario, and wraps on September 27 in Las Vegas.

Let’s just hope none of Britney’s nasty ways rub off on her. Such a pretty girl. SMH



  • Ms. T.

    She has those DeBarge elf ears on lock.

  • MzLady

    what ever happened to that daughter that him and janet was supposed to have? is this her?

  • big homie

    she is a purrty thang

  • -

    the debarge’s are HALF BLACK AND WHITE but they always looked so LATINA to me .. all of them!

  • Tropical English

    Please tell me what this girl sings…

  • Somer

    I read a blind item on another site that was suppose to be about Kristina. It read

    What popular singer/producer is suppose to be helping another faded celebrity’s daughter but instead he is screwing the hell out of her on every studio session break. He is old enough to be her father and her relatives are clueless as to what is really going on.

    Every guess was Babyface and Kristina Debarge. Babyface was seen on the TV1 special “Unsung” about the Debarge family. He seem to be very smitten by the young beauty. He even pointed out how light skin she was as if the audience didn’t know.

  • Tee

    Is James the DeBarge Janet was married to?

  • Somer

    Yeah, this is James daughter. James was married to Janet.

  • WordtotheWise

    Somer>>>I saw that Unsung episode and when he said, “Another light skinned DeBarge” my eyebrows raised. I thought, “Yeah, Face. We know. You’re probably banging her.”

    Tee>>>Yes, Janet and James were married. Kristinia is not their daughter.

  • hope4more

    I wish her well because I thought that her family was good but lost their way. But don’t get caught up in that Hollywood sleeze. And hope Babyface don’t let this one get screwed over like TLC did.

  • http://bossip MoniSings

    I only hope the DeBarge curse doesn’t follow her. That Unsung episode was really, really sad. Their family has had some hard knocks, for real.

    Good luck, Kristinia. Remember what your older family members went through and don’t get caught up.

  • wifey06

    she better have talent because lately it seems like it’s just who you know and celebs kids who are getting all the chances.

  • Carla

    Opps, but not a whole lot, lol… :)

  • Somer

    Mama Debarge has a website with all her grandkids pictures in it. She has about 80 grandkids. 12 from El alone. The kids are beautiful. They range from deep brown to white. There was one that stood out. It was one of El’s daughters. She was coco brown like Gabby Union with deep green eyes and long brown curly Indian hair.

  • Bigmamaj

    OMG i will buy this album just because she is a DeBarge she looks’ just like her Daddy… but she is much beautiful….

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