Kara Grainger Spotlight

"You're The One" from her CD Shiver & Sigh
TGS Spotlight Player from June 27, 2013

"Classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger, who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music." (

Singer/guitar player/songwriter KARA GRAINGER's Eclecto Groove label debut, "SHIVER AND SIGH", will be released on JULY 16, 2013. With Grammy Award producer David Z at the helm, and recorded at The Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, "SHIVER AND SIGH"'s 11 tracks include 5 Kara Grainger originals as well as soulful re-imaginings of Robert Johnson's "C'mon In My Kitchen" and Al Jackson Jr./Timothy Matthews "Breaking up Somebody's Home". Joining Kara (vocals/lead guitar/slide guitar) in the studio are Kirk Fletcher and Josh Sklair - guitar, Mike Finnigan - keys, Hutch Hutchinson - bass, Jimi Bott & James Gadson - drums, Lenny Castro - percussion, Mitch Grainger - harmonica, Pauli Cerra - saxophone, Paul Litteral - trumpet and George Stanford - trombone.

The result is a recording that shows the richness and diversity of Kara’s influences -- soul/contemporary pop/americana/blues.

Australia native, now Los Angeles based, Kara Grainger first picked up the guitar at age 12. She started performing in the late '90s as lead vocalist and guitarist with successful Sydney-based blues outfit, Papa Lips – which became a regular fixture and audience favorite at Sydney’s premiere music venue, The Basement. With her brother, acclaimed harmonica player Mitch Grainger, Kara and Papa Lips enjoyed a quintessentially Australian experience. Fuelled by national ABC Radio play for their two albums (HARMONY and HIGH TIME NOW) the band toured up and down the sun drenched beach towns of Australia’s east coast in an old Tarago van. They blew away audiences, soaked up the outdoor lifestyle, and notched up experience at all the significant blues and folk festivals along the way (Woodford Folk Festival, East Coast Blues & Roots Festival).

In 2006, Kara signed to Australia's Craving Records as a solo artist. They encouraged her to go to the United States to record the album. In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles, but continued to split her time between LA and Australia.

“SHIVER AND SIGH” is her third solo album. Her debut CD, 2008's "Grand and Green River" received first prize in the IAP awards in Austin, Texas and also was in the top 30 of the Americana charts for 34 weeks. In 2011, she released “LA Blues.”

Over the past several years, Kara has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and performed on the Festival circuit in Europe, Australia and Asia. She has also opened the show for many great artists, such as Buddy Guy, Marc Cohn, Peter Frampton, and Heart. In October of 2012, Kara performed at the Rock N Roots Festival in Singapore where she opened the show for Robert Plant and his band. Following the release of “SHIVER AND SIGH”, Kara will be touring throughout the U.S. and internationally. In October, she'll be returning to Singapore and Indonesia, where she will once again perform at the Jakarta International Blues Festival.

So what drives Kara Grainger? In short, she has an unflinching desire to express herself combined with a daily dedication to her craft. In person, she exudes depth, grace and authenticity. Of the songwriting process, Kara says, “While many of my songs are framed in tales of hardship and heartbreak, they’re really representative of life’s spiritual challenges, and for me, a quest for the ultimate truth. It’s very healing when the right words come for a song, so much so that when I sing them, it’s like something is finally resolved.”

Kara Grainger is a unique talent whose music uplifts and inspires audiences around the world.

"What an amazing talent she is. The Australian born singer/songwriter has been cranking out her soulful blend of blues and folk for several years and is just now starting to receive some long overdue acclaim here in the States...She plays with passion and grace...This is someone you're going to hear a lot about." (Vinylpile)

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