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RADIO REPLAY: Favorite Lonely Love Songs – With Guest, Kari Kirkland

As an adult, she spent years traveling around the US, Canada, and Europe performing her music, but only relatively recently recorded an EP which would become the foundation for her album, “Wild Is The Wind.”

Working with legendary composer Shelly Berg in Florida, and several Grammy Award Winning musicians, this former trapeze artist is now flying high on the huge success of that album.Kari is based now in Southern California, but her music has been played on major radio stations around the country, and beyond.

‘Break Your Heart’ Enters Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart At #30

Vocalist Kari Kirkland’s Single, ‘Break Your Heart’ Enters Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart At #30

Singer Kari Kirkland’s debut album, Wild Is the Wind, was released in February of 2021 and immediately earned the former Ironman Triathlete competitor and flying trapeze and aerial bungee artist considerable critical acclaim. Jazz Times selected the album as an Editor’s Pick, concluding “…artfully walking the line where jazz and adult contemporary meet, Kari Kirkland proves that she’s finally right where she belongs.” JW Vibe noted the “pin drop purity and transcendent exquisiteness of (her) soulful yet ethereal vocals.” “Break Your Heart, was released on June 21. This week, the track entered the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart at #30. “I’m beyond thrilled to be on the A/C chart, “Kari exclaimed. “It’s a true honor to be among such accomplished and respected artists, and I’m so grateful to the musicians and engineers who helped me create such an impactful debut album.”

It is rare that a debut album so effortlessly makes the crossover from jazz to adult contemporary, but even early reviewers noted the eventuality of exactly that happening for Kari. Now that “Break Your Heart” has, indeed, broken through to reach an even greater audience, Kari is primed to emerge as one of the success stories of 2021.

“Break Your Heart” is available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music.

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Svend and DL review these 2021 albums: Paris Texas-Boy Anonymous; Royal Blood-Typhoon; Kari Kirkland-Wild is the Wind; Alex Henry Foster-Standing Under the Bright Lights; Olivia Rodrigo-Sour; St. Vincent-Daddy’s Home; Garbage-No Gods No Monsters; J-Cole-The Off-Season; Sons of Kemet-Black to the Future; Gojira-Fortitude Music in Episode: Kari Kirkland- Secret, Everybody wants to rule the world, Too Close for Comfort, Jealous, Do it Again, Too Late Now Alex Henry Foster- Lavender Sky, Winter is Coming In, The Son of Hannah, The Pain That Binds, Snowflakes in July Drinks in the Episode: Svend – Hop Valley Stash Bandicoot David – Bulleit whiskey sour.

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Video Premiere on New Noise – Break Your Heart

Kari Kirkland recently released her debut album, Wild Is the Wind, a collection of contemporary songs and jazz standards arranged and co-produced by four-time Grammy nominee Shelly Berg and crossing musical genres from pop, blues, to even Latin and cabaret. Now, Kirkland is sharing the music video for the track “Break Your Heart.”

The song is an adult contemporary/jazz cover of the Taio Cruz song. Kirkland says the original hook resonated in her head with a “salsa vibe,” which she communicated to Berg, who immediately understood and embraced the idea.

The video focuses on the bond between humans and animals, which Kirkland says was intentional, in that she wanted to explore another sort of heartbreaker scenario.

“I rolled around the idea that we can fall in love so quickly and completely with an animal, even if we’re not expecting it. There had to be an element of a broken heart in the video, and my husband suggested the idea of finding a lost dog and eventually having to say goodbye. Since I am a volunteer at The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, I thought it might be an intriguing way to highlight animal welfare in addition to telling a really sweet story.”

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Wild Is the Wind (Slea Head Records KR 236), a new double 45rpm record by vocalist Kari Kirkland, skirts the Diana Krall template musically—she looks the part, too, though with darker hair. I’m sure this will be all over the next audio show, whenever that happens, because it’s musically excellent, features great covers (Steely Dan’s “Do It Again,” Labrinth’s “Jealous,” Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”) and great players (Roy Hargrove, Dean Parks, and others). Plus, it’s well recorded at United Recorders and, oh, Ms. Kirkland can sing, and despite the musical similarities her voice does not sound like Diana Krall’s.

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