Karla Anderson

Karla Anderson

 Stony Plain, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"...Achingly beautiful and emotionally honest..." sums up the performances and debut recording by Karla Anderson. Her velvety vocals, songs that penetrate the heart of her listeners, and her transparent spirit and storytelling endures her to listeners wherever she goes.

Biography

2005-National Television show "Joan of Arcadia" uses "What Else Can I Do".
2005-Debut recording "The Embassy Sessions" released.
2005-Winner of "Canadian Folk Music Awards" Best New Emerging Artist.
2005-Featured in CBC Alberta Bound Television Special
2006-Nominated for "Western Canadian Music Award" Outstanding Roots Recording.
2008- Performer at the International Leonard Cohen Festival -Winspear Center
2009-Sophomore Recording Release "Brand New Day"
2010- Featured in CBC Bands @ The Grand Television Special

In 2005, Karla Anderson hit the world stage when her song “What Else Can I Do?” was given a prime spot on the National Television show “Joan of Arcadia”. Emails poured in from all over the globe, looking for the artist who wrote and performed the song. Thus, her debut recording,“ The Embassy Sessions” was released in the summer of 2005. Backed by a stellar band including veteran Nashville drummer, Kenny Malone (Nancy Griffith, John Prine, Tim O’Brien), guitar player Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles) and renowned bass player, Mike Lent (k.d. lang, Jann Arden), the disc was recorded over a three day period in a strange and beautiful old mansion called the Red Motel Embassy in Calgary, AB. It’s “live” off the floor, recorded with no monitors and no headphones - just four players, playing to the room and to each other. The results were achingly beautiful and as emotionally honest as a recording can be. It hit the top of the charts wherever it was played, including WUMB Boston, and CKUA Radio in Edmonton. The record earned her the Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Dec of 2005 and a nomination for a Western Canadian Music Awards “Outstanding Roots Recording” October 22, 2006.
Her sophomore recording “Brand New Day” was released in November 2009, to equally rave reviews. One listen to Brand New Day and there is no debate about whether she's got the goods. Deciding to make a record that was a little more band-like than The Embassy Sessions, Karla drew on the talents of guitarists Gary Koliger and Tim Leacock, Mike Lent on bass and Lyle Molzan on drums, and recorded 10 originals, as well as Jeffrey Foucault's I Dream an Old Lover and the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant standard, Bye Bye Love, which was a major hit for the Everly Brothers in 1957. Anderson took Bye Bye Love and put the brakes on the tempo, cradled the lyrics, and turned the song into an emotional tour de force.
Karla’s live performance exudes a genuinely passionate delivery, and holds a powerful connection with her audience. The room goes silent as she moves from story to song. She is truly a gifted performer who leaves audiences wanting more.
Karla has played a multitude of Festivals, Folk Clubs, and theatre gigs throughout her carreer. She has shared stages with Ruthie Foster, Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, James Keelaghan and Oscar Lopez, Martyn Joseph, Harry Manx, Kieren Kane and Kevin Welch, David Francey, Gordie Sampson and Darrel Scott. She was part of the all-star line-up featured at the 2008 International Leonard Cohen Festival that included Darrell Scott, Serena Ryder, Jann Arden and more. She has been featured on CBC Television several times as well. Karla Anderson lives just outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Lyrics

Out From Under

Written By: Karla Anderson

Out From Under
(Karla Anderson)
(Karla Anderson/Lefty Was Right Music) SOCAN ©2002

I’ve come to expect the unexpected
Come to the death to be resurrected
Oh my Lord, traded my treacherous torment for wonder
Oh baby, I’m comin’ out from under
Now, oh now, baby here I come

I’m lettin’ my safe side collide with the wild
Packin’ up all my adult for the child
Trading the right to be right for the blunder
Oh baby, I’m comin’ out from under
Now, oh now, baby here I come

Well I’ve been under the wire, under the gun
Been locked in the dark, now I’m out in the sun
I’m laughin’ and singin’ and having such fun
Oh baby, you won’t find me here
Under your thumb

Yeah there’s been a change in my mind, a change in the weather
Ever since we ain’t been together
I ain’t scared of the rain, I ain’t scared of the thunder
Oh baby, I’m comin’ out from under
Now, oh now, baby here I come

Well I have come to expect the unexpected
Come to the death to be resurrected
I’ve traded my treacherous torment for wonder
Traded the right to be right for the blunder
I ain’t scared of the rain, I ain’t scared of the thunder
Oh no baby, I’m comin’ out from under your thumb

Ain't For Sale

Written By: Karla Anderson

Ain’t for Sale
(Karla Anderson)
(Karla Anderson/Lefty Was Right Music) SOCAN ©2004

She will lend you her heart, you can call out her name
Touch her and breathe her, you will never be the same
You can invest all your hope, have a plan that won’t fail

But her love, her love
Ain’t for sale

She will show you her light, you can follow your muse
Make plans for tomorrow, whatever you choose
But the doors are all closed and against them you’ll rail

‘cause her love, her love
Ain’t for sale

You can tell her she’s free, but she knows your buyin’
You can promise the moon, but she knows you’re lyin’
You can preach to the choir about a love that won’t fail

But her love, her love
Ain’t for sale

You can dance with the gypsy, drink from the well
Follow your heart boy, straight into hell
She will slip through your hands and she won’t leave a trail

‘cause her love, her love
Ain’t for sale

You can tell her she’s free, but she knows your buyin’
You can promise the moon, but she knows you’re lyin’
You can preach to the choir about a love that won’t fail

‘cause her love, her love
Ain’t for sale

Discography

2005-"The Embassy Sessions"-Full length Debut Recording

2009-Sophmore release "Brand New Day"

For Booking Info Contact
Neil MacGonigill at Indelible Music
neil@indeliblemusic.com
403-245-0425
or contact Karla Anderson
780-951-5027

FOR VIDEO LINKS, PLEASE SEE WEBSITE

Set List

2-45 MINUTE SETS- WILL VARY. 85% ORIGINAL MUSIC, 15% COVER SONGS.