"Have tea with Wilson (first name pronounced "ka-ree-sa," please and thank you)
in her home, and you get the sense that she brings an attitude of gratitude–plus
hard work–to her musical endeavors as well as her personal life. Wilson has
earned a dedicated following both locally and nationally. Along the way, she's had
a few defining moments, including winning a Jammie Award in 2008 [and 2013]. Wilson
says the local music community can be very supportive, that Grand Rapids does a
few things especially well from a musical perspective. "... things like WYCE are
incredible and I know our community is unique in having it," she says. And, on the
music culture in West Michigan, ". People are great to each other, speak well of
each other. I know in other places it can be cutthroat and nasty, and I don't feel
like it is here." ..."the, the moment up on stage when you feel really lucky and
awesome,I"m grateful to be there". It seems safe to say that GR is happy to happy
to have her here, to — Stephanie Doublestein, Rapid Growth Media
"In February, Grand
Rapids singer and songwriter Karisa Wilson did something few have ever accomplished—“Hooray!!
I’m officially a two-time Jammie winner!” she posted on karisawilson.com
shortly after the announcement.
Did we expect anything less? After all, her debut album Little Girl, released in
2007, stole hearts with the debut party beyond successful. “I was blown away
when the event was sold out,” Wilson said. “They had to lock the doors.”
In 2008, she would be named Best New Artist and receive the Jammies’ coveted
Album of the Year Award.
A classically trained violinst, Wilson writes and performs a blend of indie pop,
jazz and blues, and lucky for Grand Rapids, performs quite a bit around West Michigan
(and beyond). For more on the artist or her upcoming performances, visit www.karisawilson.com" — Joanne
N. Bailey-Boorsma, On the Town Magazine
Mosaic Music Festival returns this Labor Day weekend, bringing a celebration of
hard work and Lansing’s diverse culture to Adado Riverside Park. “Folk
and Americana musicians come together with multi-cultural performers to share with
us their unique talents, which is really what makes this region so great,”
When it comes to a favorite performer, Pugh says it’s impossible to name just
“I’m really looking forward to Sumkali,” Pugh said.
He also can’t wait to hear Karisa Wilson, a Grand Rapids-based jazz, blues
and folk singer-songwriter.
“It’s not every day you get to see a live performance from someone who
shared the stage with Billy Bob Thornton, Tim Reynolds and Talib Kweli,” he
said, regarding Wilson’s appearance." — Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal