January 13, 2023 marks the release date for Kari's second studio album, 'if (when you go).
Collaborating once again with Shelly Berg, the duo assembled an all-star ensemble featuring the legendary Peter Erskine, Dean Parks, Kevin Axt, Brian Kilgore, with feature performances by Terell Stafford and Carlitos del Puerto.
Led by Kirkland’s intimate, honest vocal style, the unique arrangements encapsulate an essence of 'hope' in this collection of contemporary songs including Sting’s Fragile, Coldplay’s Fix You, and Jeff Buckley’s Lover, You Should’ve Come Over.
Recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, Kari's vocals soar over a sonic landscape of pristinely recorded, masterful jazz musicianship, big-band-esque horn lines, lush string arrangements, and top tier production.
Kari Kirkland | Vocals, Co-production Shelly Berg | Keyboards, Arrangements, Co-production Peter Erskine | Drums Dean Parks | Guitar Brian Kilgore | Percussion Kevin Axt | Bass Terrel Stafford | Trumpet Carlitos del Puerto | Bass Jason Arkins | Saxophone David Mason | Saxophone Camilo Molina | Trumpet Michael Gutierrez | Trumpet Brandon Bryant | Trombone Budapest Scoring Orchestra | Strings
Taking on a cult favorite is risky, but creating this unique arrangement was cathartic. Offering her listeners a female perspective on the lyrics, Kari brings this stunning 90's Jeff Buckley ballad back into the light.
“Keeping good company while artfully walking the line where jazz and adult contemporary meet, Kari Kirkland proves that she’s finally right where she belongs. ” - Dan Bilawsky