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Kari Kirkland

Performing on flying trapeze and aerial bungee came naturally to vocalist Kari Kirkland, a former Ironman Triathlete competitor and daughter of an Olympic-drafted swimmer. “Live music is not unlike Flying Trapeze; one must be confident, fully engaged, and ideally, joyful.” says the former co-owner of Emerald City Trapeze Arts. After eight years in Seattle working as a professional circus artist, the mystery of the Southern California desert beckoned. She left the dazzle of the circus and the death-defying practice behind to become a full-time musician. Kari remarks, “There is inherent magic in the desert… a stillness and an energy that coexist like nowhere else on earth


Wild is the Wind

Label: Slea Head Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Do It Again; Jealous; It's Alright With Me; It's Probably Me; Break Your Heart; Too Late Now; Wild Is The Wind; Steamroller Blues; Too Close For Comfort; Secret; Everybody Wants To Rule The World; I'll Be Around.



Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Featuring the music of Kari Kirkland
Duration: 4:10

When creating this collage video, it was very tempting for me to try to make more of a political statement. The opportunity to create a literal translation of the lyrics was obvious. In the end, I chose to steer away from that angle, because frankly, I think we're all pretty weary from the onslaught of "breaking news" almost every hour. I wanted to provide a ray of hope through all the misery and challenge that everyone is going through in their own way. I considered the idea that "ruling the world" can be a very modest thing; everyone has their own unique challenges, and is working toward their own short and long-term goals. A child's ability to rule their world can include the freedom to splash through the puddles, celebrating a birthday, or learning to ride a bike without training wheels, whereas adults' versions sometimes become a bit more emotionally complex. Most outstanding in my mind was the idea that almost everyone has their own personal version and scale of success, separate from society's.

News: Recording

'Everybody Wants To Rule The World,' First Single And Video From Vocalist Kari Kirkland’s Upcoming Album Wild Is The Wind, Now Available

'Everybody Wants To Rule The World,' First Single And Video From Vocalist Kari Kirkland’s Upcoming Album Wild Is The Wind, Now Available

Produced and Arranged by Shelly Berg, Wild Is The Wind Also Features Roy Hargrove and John Daversa Kari Kirkland has just released the first single and accompanying video from her debut album, Wild Is The Wind, which itself is scheduled for a February 26 release. On “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” a jazz-inflected rendition of ...


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