Native to the Wichita plains and raised in Boulder, CO, Kara's midwestern roots seep through her sultry voice and songwriting with an eclectic blend of soul and rock 'n roll. Her songs have been placed on television shows including CBS Scorpion and DirecTV’s You Me Her. She has opened for such acts as B.B. King, Al Green, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller Band and Howie Day. She has self-released two albums, Better By Morning (2014) & Sojourner (2018).

Nov 3rd, 2018 SOJOURNER Album Release "All You Need" Listen, download or own the album: Video Production: Vibe Vision Seattle Audio Production: Sound Media Productions


CBS Series "Scorpion" ft. "Better By Morning"

DirecTV Series "You Me Her" ft. "I Know How To Love"


Kara’s music is like a warm breeze from Muscle Shoals in a contemporary framework that scratches a musical itch you didn’t realize you had. Kara’s newest release, “Sojourner” is a perfect title for music that is right here, right now and moves the listener to a new place. Don’t let this one slip by. It deserves your attention.
— George Nunes, MusicRow
WELL, I just got my first speeding ticket ever blaring your record for the first time. Consider that my official review.
— Anonymous fellow musician, Seattle
It’s as if Bonnie Raitt, Sia and Janis Joplin had a baby.
— Elea Carey, Pulse Music Television, San Francisco

Song "Can't Get Away" Trailer by Digital Vendetta Productions for new album Sojourner, released November 3, 2018 "It's as if Bonnie Raitt, Sia, & Janis Joplin had a baby." - Pulse Music TV, San Francisco.



Kara Hesse // Vocals, Keys, Guitar

Skyler Mehal // Guitar

Kevin Blackwood // Drums, Percussion

Bennet Pullen // Bass

Kevin Stiles // Pedal Steel

Dan Walker // Organ, Keys


BB King, Al Green, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller Band, Howie Day, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Fame Riot, Bret Michaels, Cody Beebe & the Crooks, and more.


By Nikki Baron // Freemont Abbey // Seattle, WA

By Nikki Baron // Freemont Abbey // Seattle, WA

By Raincity Collective // Admiral Theatre // Bremerton, WA

By Raincity Collective // Admiral Theatre // Bremerton, WA

"SOJOURNER" Album Release 11.3.18 // Admiral Theatre