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Alternative tunings, percussive guitar, folk themes and pure passion combine in a singer/songwriter making music both contemporary and nostalgic.
Recently awarded the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award, Caressa, with the support of fans, friends and family has been diving into music recording and production on her own in her home studio. Currently she is cutting her second full length album, funded in part by a recently successful Kickstarter campaign! The record dubbed "Starshine Tonight!" is due out in May 2012 and she'll be touring all around Alaska and the US to share it with you fine folks!
Incredibly inspired by the songwriters of her mother's generation like the Beatles and Joni Mitchell Caressa stared playing the guitar at the age of 10 - which is also the same year she visited Alaska for the first time (and fell madly in love). By 15, she was a regular on the open mic circuit of LA. There was even the makings of a unique guitar style - percussive and powerful - very much inspired by Ani Difranco many other musicians and more recently Kaki King. She credits Bob Dylan as significantly influential as well.
An adventurer at heart, she moved to Alaska when she was 17 to live closer to the earth and study anthropology, continuing to play music on the weekends and in the summers.
Eventually, she took to the sea in Alaska and abroad to work, explore and travel. Ocean themes, elements and metaphors swim through the body of her work.
Shortly after moving to Homer, AK in 2007, she began the Wanderlust Lounge, an experimental weekly musical residency enjoyed for nearly a year.
In 2008 she revisited her roots and delivered a stellar sold-out show at the Hollywood House of Blues.
Though a solo artist, Caressa is avidly involved in the vibrant musical community. The fruits of these collaborations can be heard on various projects and performances including Willis Fireball's "Secret Grey City" and Caressa's debut album "Wanderlust". Resonating with the soulful vibrations of a coming of age, it was recorded “out East” in Homer, AK in a small cabin. These 8 songs are potent distillations of the artists raw experience.
In 2010 she contributed to the Alaska Women Singer/ Songwriters for Peace Project, an album benefiting a local Womens center.