Ava Earl is a singer-songwriter from Girdwood, Alaska. With guitar as her primary instrument, she writes songs about her life and her surroundings. Her music has a folk-rock feel and a maturity that belies her youthful age.
Ava started studying guitar at age 8 with Melanee Stiassny. It was a perfect fit. Melanee not only embraced Ava's tendency to change songs, but also encouraged her to write and perform her own. Ava did just that. In 2015 at 12 years old, she released her first CD, titled Chronicles of a Best Friend.
Though her child-voice and timing shone through, Chronicles was well received by the local music community. In an interview with the Alaska Dispatch News, musician Laura Oden named it her favorite Alaska release of the year, saying, "She has the knack for meaningful lyrics, performing in front of people with a sweet siren voice. Don't be fooled, this isn't serendipity, she's really honing her craft of songwriting and performing."
Since that time, Ava has played shows year-round throughout the state, including performances at the Anchorage Folk Festival, the Girdwood Forest Fair, the Alaska State Fair, and Salmonfest. She has also appeared on KTVA's Mic Check in the Morning (television), and KNBA's Alaskan Music Showcase (radio). In July 2016, Ava was selected as a finalist in the Wild Goose Festival Songwriting Contest held in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Curated and hosted by musician Phil Madeira, Ava had the honor of performing her original music live at the festival alongside other finalists. In 2018, Maggie Rogers selected Ava to open her Anchorage concert, the last in her international tour.
Ava's second studio album was released on May 26, 2017. The self-titled project was recorded at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon, and was co-produced by Ava with sound engineer Hawkins Wright. The album features friend, mentor, and musical collaborator Andy Mullen on several tracks, the phenomenal songwriter and violinist Anna Tivel on two tracks, and Ava's younger sister Hadley on one track.
Ava went back to The Hallowed Halls in April 2018 to record a third album, again joined by Andy Mullen and Anna Tivel. That release is anticipated to come out this summer.