Ava Earl is an artist on the rise. At just 16 years old, the prolific young singer-songwriter has gained a loyal following in her home state of Alaska. She has worked extensively over the past several years, performing at music festivals, listening room shows, and popular music venues. Spanning acoustic, Americana, and folk genres, her introspective, often haunting, melodies draw listeners in, inviting them to find a place in her songs.
On July 27, Ava released Am I Me Yet? her third full-length studio album. The collection of 15 songs features Ava on guitar and vocals, Andy Mullen on classical guitar, and Anna Tivel on violin. The music was recorded at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon, and was engineered by Hawkins Wright who also co-produced the album with Ava. It is her second album in two years with the same collaborators and builds on her strength in musicianship and performance.
The release of Am I Me Yet? came after a big year for Ava. In addition to releasing her well-received self-titled album in May 2017, she played a number of high-profile events, including the main stage at Salmonfest, where she met another Alaska-raised musician, headliner Jewel. In November, Ava played to her largest audience yet, opening for Maggie Rogers. It was an especially sweet moment for Ava, as she was selected by Maggie personally for the performance from an open call on social media.
In 2018, Ava toured Alaska in support of Am I Met Yet?. Dates included performances at another Salmonfest, this time headlined by one of Ava's musical heroes, Brandi Carlile. She closed her summer tour with opening spots for Rhett Miller (of The Old 97s) during his solo concerts in Anchorage and Palmer.
Coming up, Ava will join other Alaska artists at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal, Canada. And with a new set of songs ready to record, it's only a matter of time before she hits the studio again.