Violet Vonder Haar
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Violet Vonder Haar

Columbia, Missouri, United States | SELF

Columbia, Missouri, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Acoustic trio's debut is harmonious and lush"

"...Singer-songwriter Violet Vonder Haar is quickly garnering a reputation as one of the hardest-working women on the local music scene.." - Columbia Daily Tribune

"Vonder Haar Captivates"

“…[Violet's] guitar and lyrics, sung in an enchanting voice that reverberates with wisdom and soul, have captivated Columbians’ ears and hearts..” - Inside Columbia Magazine

"Violet Vonder Haar"

The local singer-songwriter has played her winsome, thoughtful brand of folk in a variety of contexts and concerts. Born in Lupus, Vonder Haar’s deep connection to the area rings through in each word she sings and note she plays, yet there is a universality to the rich manner in which she explores themes of love, community and walking in the world. - Columbia Daily Tribune

"Vonder Haar lights ‘The Way Home’ with radiant songwriting"

Upon first utterance, the word home seems simple enough. It refers to someplace familiar. Someplace to come back to. Somewhere to rest your head. Yet, where a person calls home is wrapped up in more complicated concerns, the word ultimately raising questions of belonging and heritage and connectedness.

With a nuanced definition in mind, it’s fair to say Violet Vonder Haar’s music sounds like home. Much of the locally grown singer-songwriter’s latest album, “The Way Home,” feels simple and familiar enough. It’s a largely stripped-down, acoustic affair on which she traffics in warm, folk-rock tones. Yet, the album also finds Vonder Haar contemplating notions of home and belonging, sometimes by telling the story of her family, singing of sacrifices made and legacies bequeathed. At other moments, she focuses on questions of romantic entanglement and disentanglement. Vonder Haar’s music is often comforting, yet it also challenges the listener to come to terms with the truth that some corners of the place we call home are shadowy and haven’t been swept for a season.

While, at times, Vonder Haar’s music invites comparisons to the substantive melodic folk of Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman or even Mary Chapin Carpenter, perhaps the closest musical likeness can be found a bit closer to home. Given the ambling acoustic guitars and jazzy flourishes of the title cut and a consistent focus on crafting rhythmic, athletic instrumental passages, Vonder Haar casts herself as a musical cousin to fellow local songsmith Noah Earle.

Vonder Haar and a coterie of talented area musicians — including Phylshawn Johnson, Pete Szkolka and Kevin Hennessy — intermittently wander in and out of other styles, approaching pop-ballad territory on “Writing You” and relishing the chance to play a smoky slice of blues on “Back Stab,” one of the album’s strongest cuts. Vonder Haar’s positively soulful piano flirts with Szkolka’s searing yet understated electric guitar lines, the result evoking the sort of sound someone might expect to hear upon entering the haze of a low-lit, center-city club.

Perhaps the most pliant cut of all comes in the album’s latter third — “Our Musical” is a jazzy, jaunty number that finds Vonder Haar having fun, tossing phrases around with all the grace and style of a chanteuse circa the Roaring Twenties. Szkolka’s shimmering piano runs, Johnson’s swinging backbeat and the vocal support provided by the Stephens College Children’s School Choir bring added lightness of being to the tune. It’s delightful to hear Vonder Haar truly relish and enjoy a melody that requires her to embrace technically sound singing, yet do so in a way that sounds effortless. As the rest of the record proves, her voice is a beautiful one — but not necessarily in a conventional way. She utilizes an exquisite high register but is also unafraid to embrace the little idiosyncrasies in her delivery.

The album’s closing couplet — “Unconditional Love” and “Home” — represents two of Vonder Haar’s most complete compositions. The former benefits from the buoyant strum of an acoustic guitar, carried along as the tune’s through line. Familial harmonies provided by sister Tara frame a sturdy melody that suggests resolve and redemption. The latter simply contains the most clear example of Vonder Haar’s reliably radiant songwriting — here she fits a lovely, lilting melody to a simple but compelling backdrop. As the song progresses, the vocal blend of three Vonder Haar sisters — Violet, Tara and Hannah — brings a true sweetness to the song, a quality that finds its culmination in a practically fugal coda.

“The Way Home” is, for Vonder Haar, a path marked by facing the music about both the heartfelt and hurtful aspects of belonging, but it’s a rewarding journey and one that will cause listeners to think through their own definition of home. - Columbia Daily Tribune


Good Morning. I Love You. ..a love EP
Single Online Release: Runnin'
The Way Home
V-Sides and Rarities EP
Shades of Violet

Tribute Albums:
Million Dollar Bash, A Tribute to Bob Dylan
The Wandering Fool, songs by Bob Dyer, Sung in Tribute by Friends



Violet Vonder Haar believes in music. She was born on the banks of Splice Creek nestled in the river hills near the tiny Missouri River town of Lupus (pop. 29). Nurtured in the thriving folk community of Central Missouri, she has been performing for area audiences since she was tall enough to reach a mic. As a child, she was inspired to influence people to environmental causes through song, and over the years she has lent her voice to churches, benefits, peace rallies and any venue to make a better world.

Violet has always written her own music and released her debut album “Shades Of Violet” at the age of 16. In 2009 she was voted “Best Female Solo Musician” by Inside Columbia Magazine. She released a three track EP of whimsical audience favorites called “V-Sides and Rarities” in February 2011 which helped fund her newest full length album, “The Way Home”. Most recently she has released in a six track EP called "Good Morning. I Love You." that was recorded, mixed and produced at the Holey Acres Studio by herself and her music partner, Phylshawn Johnson.

Whether playing in a quiet coffeehouse on a Friday, wowing the rockers in a Pink Floyd cover band on Saturday, inspiring the congregation on Sunday morning or teaching fifth-graders to write folk songs about bugs on Monday, Violet lives for the music. As her audience continues to grow, she proves herself to be a versatile and talented presence on any music scene she finds herself to be a part of.