History & Collaborators

Kirsten sang her first national anthem at a Seattle Sonic game at age 6. She and her younger sister Heather quickly became a popular anthem duo in the 1980’s. The Ostrom Sisters traveled extensively and amassed an incredible list of accomplishments including appearances on David Letterman and Good Morning Moscow. They performed anthems at Seattle Sonic, Seahawk and Mariner games, Olympic exhibitions, Goodwill Game Events and at The Stanley Cup (Edmonton Oilers). They also sang at several Red Wings playoff games as “good luck charms”. In 1985, they recorded a Christmas tape called “Christmas Joy” which caught the attention of gospel artist Deniece Williams and later artist/producer Roby Duke.

In their early teens, the sisters began work on thier first National release- writing and recording with Roby Duke. They performed two songs on the Arcade sampler before Heather and Kirsten released their full length album, “Betcha Didn’t Know”, in October of 1990 on Arcade– a division of Maranartha. By the time Kirsten was 15, the record had sold well over 50,000 copies and the girls were touring the country with the Katinas (their label mates) and joined DC Talk & The Newsboys for a 27 city tour in the fall of 1991. That same year Heather and Kirsten released a Christmas single “Wonderful” just before Arcade went under. After Kirsten graduated high school, she moved on to collaborative work with peers and pursued solo endeavors.

She completed a full length cd at Sonikwire Studios called “Vis  ATergo” with Deep Mosey in 2002 though it was never officially released. These songs were products of collaborations with band mates Eli Thomson (Everest), David Larring and Justin Schier. Frank Lenz,  Josh Gordon and her sister Heather Pasley made generous contributions to the project as well.  Over the years she has continued to collaborate with Thomson and Larring and has also written with Richard Swift and Josiah Sherman [Buddy Ross].

Wenlock completed her first solo EP “Confessions of a Mad Housewife” (attic edition) December 31st 2009.

Elk & Boar, her project with Travis Barker, released their first full length in the spring of 2011.  Last June Elk and Boar released “Something Out Of Nothing”, their most proud effort to date, produced by Elijah Thomson.

EB_5352She brings her unique brand of soul and feminine sensibility to projects and performances as a solo artist and collaborator. She has done work for ESPN recording songsfor Mayne Event. Her track Peyton Dance features Snoop Dogg, reprise performed by John Legend. 

Kirsten is a vocal coach/mentor with The Rock N Roll Conservatory since the Spring of 2007.  She lives with her husband James and their three beautiful children in the Pacific Northwest. Kirsten records most of her music in the Cottage Studio located in her backyard.

Photo by Dee Jones

Recordings/Vocal Appearances

*Elk And Boar- Something Out Of Nothing– June 2013

*Elk and Boar –Room To Start– March 2011

Hey Marseilles-Starbucks Sampler -February 2010

Hey Marseilles- Travel and Trunks 2010

*Confessions of a Mad Housewife – Kirsten Wenlock December 2009

Luke Stevens EP 2009

*Vis A Tergo- Deep Mosey June 2002

Even Better Than the Real Thing- A U2 Tribute- March 2002

Fuel: Analogue September 2001

Communion- March 2001

Sinner’s Prayer -MG Visionary January 2001

As I Wander- Carolee Mayne 2000

Life- Peter Shambrook April 2000

Sonikwire Records Artist’s Collective 0001- September 1999

Smoke Signals Soundtrack 1997

Spectrasonics/ Symphony of Voices pop stacks 1995

A Capella Kids 1992 (Grammy winning Children’s Album)

Katina Boyz 1992

Kule Yule- Christmas Arcade- Heather and Kirsten  1992

*Betcha Didn’t Know – Heather and Kirsten  October 1990

Arcade Sampler- Heather and Kirsten 1989

Christmas Joy- Mama’s Pearls Heather and Kirsten 1985

Bullfrogs and Butterflies Part 2 – Agape Forest 1984

Friendship Train- Jim Valley 1984

Rainbow Planet- Jim Valley 1983

Christmas Rose- Carolee Mayne 1981


11 Responses to “History & Collaborators”

  1. melia lane-hall November 24, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    I love this site, thank you for creating. Mama’s Pearls is a tradition at Christmas for my family. Thank you 🙂

  2. Kaitlyn Kivi March 13, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding pattern. “Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.” by Christina Georgina Rossetti.

  3. Jim W October 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I still have the “Betcha Didn’t Know” album from back in the day. I had a small Christian dance club in the early 90s and spun some tunes from that album. Such an amazing gift of talent. It’s great to know you’re still singing. Keep it up ! Blessings.

  4. Larry Harold December 3, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Christmas cannot begin without listening to “Wonderful.” Looking forward to discover some of your newer endeavors.

  5. Shad H December 30, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Been searching for “Wonderful” as it was a Chrismas song stuck in my head all these years. You can’t find it by Heather & Kirsten or “Kool Yule”, Arcade. You can actually find it on Amazon with the Arcade “Khool Yule” album.

  6. Gwammarogers3 February 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    My daughters almost wore out our Acca paella Kids cassette tape in the early 90’s. Hope to turn my teen age granddaughter on to their songs as Kimm is a varsity vocalist.

  7. Jenny February 14, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Had a random moment of nostalgia and looked you guys up. “Betcha didn’t know” was my jam back in the day and I still have my tape. You guys were the coolest as it was hard to find young female Christian singers in that time. I often dreamed of being your long lost younger sister and hoped you would ask me to join the band (and help me drews just like you too). I’m not surprised to find you are both still beautiful and talented. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

    • Kirsten Wenlock May 3, 2016 at 12:10 am #

      Hi Jenny! I have returned to my wordpress after a long time away! So lovely to read your message. If we ever have a reunion tour- we’ll make sure you join the band for a night as our honorary, long lost little sis! XO

  8. Carol Reed May 2, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m so proud of you, Kristen and Heather. I was your teacher at Bonney Lake when you were in the second grade. Bonnie Oliver and I looked you up and we actually had tears in our eyes. Keep up the good work. By the way, I now compose music myself. I remembered at recess time you’d lead the class in a round.

    • Kirsten Wenlock May 3, 2016 at 12:06 am #

      Mrs Reed!
      I haven’t checked my wordpress in ages but what a delight to find a note from you (and Mrs Oliver) here! Such a treat. I remember you both with such warmth. Wonderful that you are making music. I remember taking a few piano lessons from you! XO>

  9. vhprecords September 21, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    I remember your album Betcha Didn’t Know in 1990. Listening much later on to the Mouseketeer set i.e Britney and Christina I always thought they must have listened to you guys as you were the first funky blue eyed pop/soul/dance girls that I heard. You may not believe it but you were pioneers. God bless you and thanks for the memories.

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