Rian has been recognized nationally for her songwriting and producing work. For 12 years back in the ’90s Rian was co-owner of Rust Records, an independent record label, and lead singer and co-founder, producer, and songwriter for the award-winning and nationally-recognized alternative rock band, In June. The band produced four full-length albums, and a 5th release as vinyl, secured national airplay on commercial radio specialty shows, and college radio in every market across the country, charting on CMJ top 20 lists at hundreds of stations, and earning luminous press from such revered publications as Virtually Alternative, Album Network, Alternative Press, and CMJ.

IN JUNE achieved considerable recognition for their songwriting and musical talents including, 1996 Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Finalist; 1995 TicketMaster/Musician Magazine Showcase finalist; First Place 1995 Sony Studio contest; 1994 Yamaha SoundCheck Finalist; featured artist on Oblivion Records SXSW CD Sampler; featured artist on CMJ Certain Damage samplers #55, #58, & 1997 Convention Edition; over 300 radio adds for “Ungawa beepbeep” and “Melt”; 350 radio adds for “Exit the Blue”; CMJ Top-35 and Adventure Picks; appearances on Virtually Alternative CD #87 and B.L.A.S.T. compilation CD to commercial radio specialty shows 12/97; ALBUM NETWORK #973, 12/12/97; ALBUM NETWORK profile #980, 1/30/98; featured artist on Virtually Alternative CD Sampler, December, 2001; featured artist on SXSW Edition Pop Culture Press CD Sampler, 2002, featured artist on Virtually CD Sampler, May, 2002.

An homage to her mother and her roots in jazz, and as a way to bridge her life in the indie rock world following the disbandment and shuttering of her label, The Kirsten Rian Quintet released My Mother’s Songs in early 2010. Her 7th album, a jazz project was recorded live and intuitively, and features George Mitchell and other regional players.

She is currently working on a solo album of original material, returning to her soulful sound. She has taught private voice lessons to students of all ages for over two decades.

Ms. Rian is no vocal slouch, and has been in the business for a long time, and includes an impressive list of performances and associates. She thinks about music. Feels the reason behind the music. And what she has to say about the music provides it with a richer experience…”

Oregon Music News

“...strikingly emotive, exhilarating songs…”
Pop Culture Pres

At the group’s center is the lush and lilting voice of Kirsten Rian. Across the new album’s dozen tracks, she plays the role of sonic shaman…”

The effortlessly gliding vocals of Kirsten Rian are showcase here, and she croons to striking effect…she makes us melt.”
College Music Journal

The group received numerous awards and received over 200 adds at College, Independent and Public radio during the first week of release of their album (quite an accomplishment for any artist)…intoxicating arrangements and compelling vocals.”
Album Network