If I told you that one of the most successful musicians of any genre was born and raised in Tri-Cities, would you believe me? Well, you should! Kristine W is one of dance music's icons and even if you don't explicitly listen to dance or club music, chances are you've heard at least one of her songs before.

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Before she was one of dance pop's biggest stars, Kristine Weitz was born and raised in Pasco, winning Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Washington, and competed for Miss America. Tri-Cities proved to be a great place for a young Kristine, musically compelled from a young age, to hone her craft. The money she had earned from pageants was used to further her education after high school.

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After self-releasing her debut album in 1991, Kristine W became an overnight sensation with the release of her first single, "Feel What You Want," which would be the first of her 17 number-one dance songs.

The '90s aren't the only decade Kristine W dominated in, she notched number-one songs in 2011 and 2018, after owning the 2000s. She is a mainstay at pride festivals, where she has been an icon amongst the LBGTQ community for nearly 30 years.

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