Portland Music Awards's Best Female Artist 2011, Krista Herring, has opened for Josh Turner, Kelly Joe Phelps, and numerous other remarkable talents. Soulful, elegant prose set to the beat of an acoustic guitar and delivered by powerful, captivating vocals that are at once angelic and earthy. This is what you can expect to hear from Portland singer songwriter, Krista Herring, who has been said to have “an evocative grace, affecting presence, and raw acoustic sound reminiscent of the late Eva Cassidy, vocals to match both the pitch and dulcet resonance of Jewel, and a captivating elegance, and magnetism all her own,” with songwriting compared to such greats as Patty Griffin, and soulful, searching themes compared to Ray Lamontagne.
Krista Herring was born in San Francisco, and raised in “The OC” - a child of paradox from the beginning. This California native songbird has traveled the country from the East to West coast, sharing her soulful prose and bittersweet melodies. A self proclaimed gypsy child, she moved with her family from town to town more years than she’d been alive by the time she was a teenager. Never really finding any one place she could truly call “home,” music has and will always be the true home inside this artist’s heart.
“I’ve always been called to music and to the road,” explains Herring, who is now at last “putting down roots” here in Portland, Oregon, where she has had the pleasure to come together with several other talented artists and respected musicians in the area. “It is my heart’s greatest joy to collaborate with and support other musicians. There is nothing, I think, so beautiful as music and community.”
Raised on a musical diet of artists and singer/songwriting legends such as Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan and many others, an inspired Krista picked up a guitar at age 16 and learned to play her first song. Once belting out her own rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Krista found her souls true calling and has been traveling on her musical journey ever since. The “spirit behind the music,” she says, is what truly feeds her soul.
Some believe that the soul and spirit of this generation’s music has been lost to a void of propaganda-driven, money-hungry, industry-manufactured musicians and bands, meant to spoon-feed people what, they are assumed to want to hear. When listening to Krista’s poignant vocals and elegant prose, set to the beat of her acoustic guitar, it’s safe to say that any listener with an open heart and soulful intellect will find that the lost spirit of this generation’s musical paradigm has been resurrected in the illustrious talents of new musicians and artists such as Krista Herring.