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Karrie Pavish Anderson

Galena, Alaska, a remote village on the Yukon River might seem an unlikely locale for a singer-songwriter with an active touring and recording career. Karrie Pavish Anderson flourishes in this remote locale accessible only by plane, an indigenous Athabascan community where resilience and fortitude are rooted in the frozen darkness of winter and the glorious arrival of the midnight sun.

There are no Wal-Marts or Starbucks in Galena and no recording studios. Karrie tracked her CD Once Blind in Los Angeles with jazz pianist, neo-classical composer and accomplished producer Vardan Ovsepian. Over a one- week span, a cast of empathic musicians and vocalists - including drummer Zach Harmon, guitarist Jon Bremen, bassist Damian Erskine and cellist Artyom Manukyan– breathed life into the tracks. Strings, a gospel choir and rich acoustic instruments illuminate the richness of Karrie’s expressive voice and luminous song craft.

Earnest ballads like “Let Love In,” “Open to Me,” and “Lay Me Down” are counter-balanced by the playful “Simple Pleasures,” the sensual rocking “Flame” and the lustful blues of “Temptation.” Karrie says that the musicians are guided by the stories that the lyrics communicate. “I give them chord charts, but I prefer to let the musicians do what they do,” she says.

With the release of the CD, Karrie performed shows in a variety of locales between Los Angeles and Seattle, then traveled east to Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ontario. The next leg of her tour took her to Louisiana and California before she headed back for shows in Alaska. “Cafes, clubs, churches or parks,” says Karrie of the venues, while house concerts offer the most intimate connection to audiences across a broad span of ages and experiences.

In Galena, Karrie balances her musical endeavors with teaching music part-time after school to teens. Addiction and alcoholism are stark realities, and young native male adults have the highest suicide rate in the nation. “Let Go,” on Once Blind speaks to these trials. “Back home I don’t know who I am/Just a shadow of who I never want to be,” she sings in the voice of a teen pondering the lure of temporary escape.

On Karrie’s website is an area designated “World of Good,” which links to various endeavors that are committed to helping others. Among them is an organization Karrie performs for, Project Hope, that rescues women out of human trafficking and provides them with a safe place to live, plus food, training, and anonymity. In 2012, the Alaska Governor’s Office posted the music video from Karrie’s single “Let Love In” on their Choose Respect: Breaking the Silence website to help end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Community in every sense of the word is essential to Karrie’s message. Her full-length release exists because of it: approached after an Alaska show by a couple from another fly-in community requesting a CD, Karrie explained that she didn’t have the resources to record a release-worthy project. Months later, the two offered to provide funding with other members of her audience contributing additional donations. The CD package includes a lyrics book and a double sided-posterlette in a digipak of Alaska photography. Her newest release Twice a Nice was partially fan-funded through Pledge Music, and features music she said is 'fun and full of love."

“Where the bears and the ravens feed/That’s our mall,” sings Karrie of her chosen environment. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what limited resources you have, you can do what’s in your heart,” she concludes. “You can still live in a place like this, and achieve your goals.” As the transcendent artistry of Karrie Pavish Anderson beams across the tundra and the glaciers, it echoes the sound of endearing warmth and the providence of welcome assurance.