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Karla Anderson

Karla Anderson

In 2005, Karla Anderson hit the world stage when her song “What Else Can I Do?” was given a prime spot on the National Television show “Joan of Arcadia”. Emails poured in from all over the globe, looking for the artist who wrote and performed the song. Thus, her debut recording,“ The Embassy Sessions” was released in the summer of 2005. Backed by a stellar band including veteran Nashville drummer, Kenny Malone (Nancy Griffith, John Prine, Tim O’Brien), guitar player Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles) and renowned bass player, Mike Lent (k.d. lang, Jann Arden), the disc was recorded over a three day period in a strange and beautiful old mansion called the Red Motel Embassy in Calgary, AB. It’s “live” off the floor, recorded with no monitors and no headphones - just four players, playing to the room and to each other. The results were achingly beautiful and as emotionally honest as a recording can be. It hit the top of the charts wherever it was played, including WUMB Boston, and CKUA Radio in Edmonton. The record earned her the Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Dec of 2005 and a nomination for a Western Canadian Music Awards “Outstanding Roots Recording” October 22, 2006.
Her sophomore recording “Brand New Day” was released in November 2009, to equally rave reviews. One listen to Brand New Day and there is no debate about whether she's got the goods. Deciding to make a record that was a little more band-like than The Embassy Sessions, Karla drew on the talents of guitarists Gary Koliger and Tim Leacock, Mike Lent on bass and Lyle Molzan on drums, and recorded 10 originals, as well as Jeffrey Foucault's I Dream an Old Lover and the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant standard, Bye Bye Love, which was a major hit for the Everly Brothers in 1957. Anderson took Bye Bye Love and put the brakes on the tempo, cradled the lyrics, and turned the song into an emotional tour de force.
Karla’s live performance exudes a genuinely passionate delivery, and holds a powerful connection with her audience. The room goes silent as she moves from story to song. She is truly a gifted performer who leaves audiences wanting more.
Karla has played a multitude of Festivals, Folk Clubs, and theatre gigs throughout her carreer. She has shared stages with Ruthie Foster, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez, Martyn Joseph, Harry Manx, Kieren Kane and Kevin Welch, David Francey, Gordie Sampson and Darrel Scott. She was part of the all-star line-up featured at the 2008 International Leonard Cohen Festival that included Darrell Scott, Serena Ryder, Jann Arden and more. She has been featured on CBC Television several times as well. Karla Anderson lives just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.