Canadian singer-songwriter Karli June recently released her debut EP! “Where You Come From” was released on February 18th, 2022 and you can check it out here. ‘As an artist, you really want your first record to be who you are, and this record is me. I started writing these songs around the end of 2019 and finished writing in early 2021. I am so proud of this project. My favorite song on this is “Big for a Small Town” because it is the only song that was written solo.’ The EP was produced by Karen Kosowski who produced Mickey Guyton’s 3x Grammy nominated album “Remember Her Name”. ‘It was an incredible experience working with Karen. She really pulled out of me what I wanted to say. The way she made me feel was so comfortable and she’s so good at writing anthems. When she heard “Big for a Small Town”, she heard authenticity in both my voice and in my writing. Since this was worked on during the majority of the pandemic, I felt the song “Church to Pray” come naturally. The song is about the time when everything was closed, and people needed a place to go to worship but we all learnt that you don’t need to go church to pray. It was ironic recording this song because I recorded the vocals in my home studio which was my closet.’
Karli grew up on dairy farm and while her family wasn’t musical, they were always loving and supportive. She started singing in church at 8 years old and then sang at a lot of local fairs and events that came through her church. ‘I always took voice lessons, but I always wanted a strong foundation. I went to school to study opera and once I graduated, I was in a cover band. I started to write some music on my own and kept that in my pocket. June reached out to producer Jason Berry (Terri Clark and Tenille Arts) who invited her to his studio where she recorded some of her earlier works. A career highlight for Kari is getting to play the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in 2018. June mentions that ‘Canada is so full of talent, but I enjoy going to Nashville and getting inspired by all of the incredible musicians and artists. Canada is family and Nashville is work. I have always loved all kinds of music and while I wouldn’t consider myself a genre bender, but every album is different, and I would love to experiment. June wants aspiring artists to know that you should ‘figure out who you are and why you want to write, makes it so much easier to write music that you believe. Write the music that you want to hear.’ Lastly, she mentions that ‘I have always wanted to do country music because growing up on a farm and with a long line of agriculture in my family, country songs are stories of my life.’
Make sure you keep up with Karli on Instagram at @itskarlijune and find more information on her website here.