Karisa Wilson
Grand Rapids, MI
Happy New Year Friends!
Hard to believe it's already 2014.  I don't know about you, but I'm planning on it being fabulous:-).

I've got fun shows this month and next before I take a 2-month break from performing to give birth to and get to know my son.  I'm so excited!!

Tuesday, January 7 at Bar Divani. I'll be singing jazz all night with pianist Paul Lesinski. 7-10pm Free  I'll be back this again on February 25th!!.

Friday January 10 - Full band concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Ave SW).  It's their MAJIC concert series, proceeds benefit the fight to end homelessness. 7:30 pm- Free Will Donation

Saturday January 18 - Fremont's Dogwood Center for Performing Arts (4734 S. Campus Ct. Fremont, MI).  I'll perform with an ensemble in this pristine listening room. 7:30pm

Sunday February 9 - CD Release for "Songs from Salama Rd." Listening party at the Richard App Gallery (910 Cherry St SE).  It's full circle for my Uganda Recording Project, which started last spring with a successful Kickstarter campaign, trip to Kampala, Uganda, and completion of the album in November.  Please come, drink wine, eat cheese and buy this $10 album.  The expressions of these Ugandan children come straight from the heart, and ALL proceeds go directly to Grassroots Empowerment Opportunities.  3-6pm Free - Donations welcome.

Sunday February 16 - Grand Rapids Public Library hosts "Taste of Soul Sunday".  I'll be one of several local Black performers in this celebration of Black History Month.  Turn the FOX NEWS off for a couple hours and come down and get a "tast of soul":-).  There's food from local vendors, activites for the kids and music. I play between 1-4:30pm - more details tba.

Friday February 21 - It'll be the first year in a while that I'll miss the WYCE Jammies!!  But I'll be up north at Storm Cloud Brewing (303 Main St. Frankfort, MI). 8-11pm

See you soon!

"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

"The Michigan 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,” he added. When it comes to a favorite performer, Pugh says it’s impossible to name just one. “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

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