Kerri Powers defines herself musically with the release of Somewhere on the Vine, the second single off her critically acclaimed album “Starseeds”.
John Apice of No Depression proclaims “I don’t know where this young lady came from, but it’s got to be a secret place. This is not the kind of singing and performing that can be easily taught. It has to be in your spirit, in your blood, and the fact that she is from The Northeast is going to confound the artists down South, in the delta, in Memphis, Clarksdale, Austin, and Nashville.”
Powers makes it consistently clear that she’s adept at expressing sentiments that ring and resonate with common appeal and she has taken an unconventional approach to her music career and the hurdles that inevitably come with it. During an artistic youth indulging in music, painting and writing she composed her first songs at the age of nine. Her creative instincts seemed to come naturally, given that there was a certain talent embedded in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while her mother’s relatives claimed a kinship to Herman Melville. Her paternal grandmother even maintained a position playing piano as accompaniment for silent movies, as was the custom back in the day.
In her teens Powers began performing in local coffeehouses throughout New England. But when she fell in love, got married and had a child, she put her pursuits aside. Later, after raising her son and overcoming the hardship of a difficult divorce she rediscovered her passion and returned to making music.
“I lost confidence and questioned everything about my ability as an artist for a long time. I wasn’t sure I would ever get back to performing. But I did continue to write. Writing the songs was what ultimately gave me the incentive to keep going. I wasn’t exactly sure what the driving force behind writing those songs was, but it kept me going. Music and art have always been a healing force in my life. I think most of us could say it has an incredible impact on us both personally and on a universal level.”
In the aftermath, Kerri released a self-titled EP in 2014 and with zero radio or publicity assistance she was able to land the #1 spot on Roots Music Report’s list of “Top 50 Folk Albums of 2014.” Her latest offering Starseeds has received nods from American Blues Report, The Daily Country, Providence Journal and others in addition to garnering considerable spins on Americana radio. Over the years Kerri has appeared at numerous prestigious venues and musical gatherings including the Boston Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She has toured throughout the United States as well as overseas, making appearances in the Netherlands, Belgium, and the U.K. Her song Diamond Day was featured in the motion pictureChuck, and other tracks have made their way into the television series Rescue Me and Justified.
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