"Someone recently asked me why I chose music, and the first thing that came to mind was that I didn't. When I was a kid, my dad would drag me out to the dive bars and get me to play with the cats there. He'd even slip me a thimble of whiskey to knock off the edge. Blame the Irish in us, but it's the truth."
Inspired by simple truths and conscientious themes, singer-songwriter, Kara Hesse is an artist with a refreshing sound and a pertinent message. Rooted in blues, classic rock, folk, and barbershop, Kara's midwestern upbringing later collided with her love for jazz, soul, & funk. She has toured with Denver's 103.5 The Fox's Groove Hawgs, opening for acts such as BB King, Al Green, and Buddy Guy at Red Rocks, and continues to build her fan base, while touring between states. She currently lives in Seattle.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, and later on in Boulder, Colorado. he second oldest of four siblings, Kara grew up in the very heart of music. "There was always music, always, always. Instruments lying around right at our disposal. Even through all of our domestic troubles, music was always there to lighten our load. It's what kept us going..." Kara's musical seed was planted early on. She recalls nights her father would coach them on songs like 'You Are My Sunshine' and 'Nowhere Man' in four-part harmony and have them sing to their grandmother after Sunday dinner.
At 15, Kara received a 4-track NASCAM tape recorder for Christmas after her father noticed she was beginning to write. Over the next few months, she worked up a 9 song album, she entitled Surreal, and sold it around school for five bucks a pop. She was then hired by a local songwriter to sing background harmonies and also cut a few tunes. "I got the bug. When the producer handed me that check, he said 'now you can officially call yourself a professional.' I was hooked... and the studio has become a place of refuge for me ever since."
Years later, Kara attended Berklee School of Music in Boston on a vocal scholarship and stayed long enough to glean what she needed. "I think I knew I wouldn't be attending for a degree.. just for a bit of knowledge and then be on my way."
"I remember a man in the corner, a blues cat under a black hat, who summoned me with a wave of a finger and whispered 'We are the philosophers of our time... use it' and from then on, I suppose I felt responsible. Besides, I can't keep a normal job for more than five minutes."