Krysta Rayford is an audio producer and voice actor based in Minneapolis, MN. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Krysta also performs as K.Raydio, a musician whose work has been featured internationally on VH1, BBC Radio and Okayplayer. Krysta was a two-time featured performer at Soundset Music Festival in 2014 and 2019, one of the largest hip-hop festivals in the United States. In 2020, Krysta was named faculty at MacPhail Center for Music in the new Electronic Music and Recording Arts (EMRA) department.

In addition to her work as a musician, Krysta is a Digital Media Producer and Program Host for iPondr. Her background in audio production is rooted in her work as Voiceover Talent in Audio Description narration. Her credits include: Empire (FOX), A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO), Independent Lens (PBS), Barbie’s Dreamhouse Adventures (Netflix) and more.

All Stories by Krysta Rayford

February 13, 2022

Aligned with love: Tivan and Andrea’s story

Tivan and Andrea Amour reflect on their lived experiences as a married, interracial
couple as they await the birth of their first child.

September 14, 2021

Representation in plus-size modeling

Steven Green became the center of attention when a photo of him modeling for Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty went viral. Steven talks about being in the spotlight and the importance of body inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry.

September 7, 2021

AI ethics is a human values issue, not a tech problem

Artist and researcher Sherry Wong says the fixes for artificial intelligence go hand-in-hand with the ‘hard, long-term, not overnight work that’s necessary to transform society.’

May 18, 2021

Trauma of Floyd aftermath leads activist to new advocacy

Isak Douah had long felt the mental toll of the fight for social justice but he’d always rebuffed suggestions to seek counseling — until the tragic events of Juneteenth 2020. His experience with therapy led to a new calling: funding mental healthcare for Black youth.

April 13, 2021

A performing artist finds her true passion off camera

Taj Ruler found her calling in voice-over work when she returned home to Minnesota after college. With a background in improvisation, she talks about her successes and the challenges faced as a scripted voice actor specializing in animation, narration and commercial projects.