October 17th, 2021 9pm Stage 3
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Folk-rock singer-songwriter Calista Garcia brings a mix of complexity and sophistication to her confessional musings that carry a hint of pop and blues. As seen on Season 16 of NBC’s The Voice, her style hearkens back to ’70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, but with a fresh modern twist.
Her debut extended play (EP) collection “Wild Woman” was released in April 2019 to much critical acclaim, garnering a nomination for “Best Roots/Country EP” in the 2020 Independent Music Awards. The project has also won multiple nominations and awards from International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA), the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) and the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest (MASC). Calista is currently working on her second record, A Beautiful World, mixed by Grammy Award-winning producer, Jim Scott in his vintage-equipped LA studio, and scheduled for release on October 8, 2021.
A prolific songwriter who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, mandolin and harmonica, Calista is a 2021 Chris Austin Songwriting Finalist at Merlefest, a 2021 “She is the Music Foundation” Connect TogetHER Songwriting Fellow, the 2020 National YoungArts Gold Winner in Voice/Singer-Songwriter (top prize), a 2020 Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project Fellow, a 2019 Strathmore Artist in Residence, a 2017 & 2018 Berklee Performance Showcase Winner, the 2017 Bernard Ebbs Young Songwriter of the Year and a two-time Grammy Foundation Young Songwriter Program Artist.
A member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, Calista also writes for the stage, having completed her second classic-rock inspired musical, Crystal Skies, which premiered in April 2018. Crystal Skies was a 2020 semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. Calista is based in the Washington DC area. She is on Takamine’s worldwide roster of Takamine guitar artists.