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Kaki King

Kaki King's childhood passions were the drums and Brit-pop, and she figured if she ever made it big it would be because of her skills behind the kit. However, her musical talents didn't stop there: she also played the guitar, and though she learned Beatles and Fleetwood Mac songbooks, she found herself drawn to the styles of Preston Reed and Michael Hedges. Moving from Atlanta to New York to attend college, King got her first taste of solo guitar performance thanks to campus open-mike nights, and upon graduation in 2001 she decided to pursue the instrument more seriously. She started playing in subways, a venue that helped her develop her percussive technique, and when passengers would ask her if she had CDs, she realized that she could possibly make a living as a musician.

A copy of her 2002 demo got her a short gig at the Tap Bar in the Knitting Factory, where she was seen by Velour Records head Jeff Krasno, who released her debut, Everybody Loves You, the following year. King moved to Epic imprint Red Ink for her second album, 2004's Legs to Make Us Longer, but she returned to Velour for 2006's Until We Felt Red, which, in addition to including other instrumentation (which was also found on Legs to Make Us Longer), had King's singing prominently featured. After a busy 2007 -- not only was the guitarist recording her fourth full-length, she also appeared on albums from Tegan and Sara and the Foo Fighters and contributed to the soundtracks for Into the Wild and August Rush -- King released Dreaming of Revenge in March of 2008. After a world tour, she stayed active. Her album Junior was released on Cooking Vinyl/Rounder in 2010. She also co-produced a song for Miley Cyrus with Timbaland. In the fall of 2012, King issued Glow, a collection of instrumentals on which she was backed by a string quartet, bagpipes, organic percussion, and individually designed soundscapes for each track. In 2015, King released The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body, a companion piece to her ambitious multi-media performance of the same name. ~ Marisa Brown
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Glow

1. Great Round Burn

2. Streetlight In The Egg

3. Bowen Island

4. Cargo Cult

5. Kelvinator, Kelvinator

6. Fences

7. No True Masterpiece Will Ever Be Complete

8. Holding The Severed Self

9. Skimming The Fractured Surface To A Place Of Endless Light

10. King Pizel

11. The Fire Eater

12. Marche Slav

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Track List: Junior (Explicit)

1. The Betrayer

2. Spit It Back In My Mouth

3. Everything Has An End Even Sadness

4. Falling Day

5. The Hoopers Of Hudspeth

6. My Nerves That Committed Suicide

7. Communist Friends

8. Hallucinations From My Poisonous German Streets

9. Death Head

10. Sloan Shore

11. Sunny Side

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Track List: Dreaming Of Revenge

1. Bone Chaos In The Castle

2. Life Being What It Is

3. Sad American

4. Pull Me Out Alive

5. Montreal

6. Open Mouth

7. So Much For So Little

8. Saving Days In A Frozen Head

9. Air And Kilometers

10. Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be A Bad Person?

11. 2 O'Clock

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Track List: ...Until We Felt Red

1. Yellowcake

2. ...Until We Felt Red

3. You Don't Have To Be Afraid

4. Goby

5. Jessica

6. First Brain

7. I Never Said I Love You

8. Ahuvati

9. These Are The Armies Of The Tyrannized

10. Second Brain

11. Soft Shoulder

12. The Footsteps Die Out Forever

13. Gay Sons Of Lesbian Mothers

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Track List: Legs To Make Us Longer

1. Frame

2. Playing With Pink Noise

3. Ingots

4. Doing The Wrong Thing

5. Solipsist

6. Neanderthal

7. Can The Gwot Save Us?

8. Lies

9. All The Landslides Birds Have Seen Since The Beginning Of The World

10. Magazine

11. My Insect Life

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Track List: Everybody Loves You

1. Kewpie Station

2. Steamed Juicy Little Bun

3. Carmine St.

4. Night After Sidewalk

5. Happy As A Dead Pig In The Sunshine

6. The Exhibition

7. Close Your Eyes & You'll Burst Into Flames

8. Joi

9. Everybody Loves You

10. Fortuna

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Track List: The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body

1. In The Beginning

2. Thoughts Are Born

3. Notes And Colours

4. Ooblek

5. Anthropomorph

6. The Surface Changes

7. Trying To Speak I (Featuring Ethel)

8. Trying To Speak II (Featuring Ethel)

9. It Runs And Breathes

10. Battle Is A Learning

11. We Did Not Make The Instrument, The Instrument Made Us

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js156
She is a talented Musician I have had the Honor of meeting her 3 times in the past eight years all in California which includes Chico Los Angeles and Arcata. Thanks to my Beautiful partner she introducing me to her. She is musically talented don't get me wrong but at times she can be a music snob. For example ignoring people's questions or when you meet her she makes side smirks or gives you wtf attitude. Her last performance Glow could of been more epic with black lights or something to display
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Just watched August Rush for the (who knows how many times) love the music, so sad about Robin Williams
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& oh yea!
My Mums maiden name was King, she was from Albany Georgia ;-)
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I just join'ed Pandora. With only One station I called Micheal Hedges....Wh i c h brought me to Your soul touching guitar music.

The Spirit of Micheal Hedges has it's flow & haunting resemblance within these tracks....

Thanks for perpetuating the legacy & long may you Jam ;-)
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Great music to study to bud...
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Great player but I have to ask why she's on my opeth station?
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I say it again. GOD blessed you with an amazing , awesome talent! You GO Kaki!!!
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Simply awesomely marvelous !
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bjbenfell
beautiful, harmonic, melodic and rhythms are awesome, I love it
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Just watched Ted clip, very cool. got hooked from the August Rush movie.
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Clever girl, if she writes her own lyrics too. Yes. She. Be.
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some times weird sound but i cant stop listening to it
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If y'all haven't seen her TedTalk, well, you should. Epic.
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Oh my but what a fresh breath of art and skill....
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Your Music is beautiful makes my imagination burn and thoughts Linger a little longer. Thanks!
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I had the privilege of inviting and interviewing Kaki at XM radio in 2006 where I did program an eclectic channel called Fine Tuning. I still love her work.
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this is my destenie in the future kaki king
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Kaki is probably my favorite artist. Her music calms my soul. She's also fantastic live. I sincerely hope I am able to see another show in the near future.
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my kinda beauty too, shame she's gay-- music is awesome, check her out on youtube
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my kinda woman!
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i really love her sounds...eve r y note has texture and every tone a soul
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wow. beauty.
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women let the sky fall on everybody's FACE
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heard an interview with her on Berkeley's KALW i think it was or KALX. women hold up half the sky Great story about her beginnings. pretty sure she woodshedded in the subway.
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she tears the guitat up! hamming down/ on lady
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bad a**
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Ironically, fans are usually more abrasive towards immitation than the artists themselves. Probably because FAN-addicts typically don't play any intruments, too busy downing the people that do.
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pjwalsh3
If you are going to be a Michael Hedges fan LEARN TO SPELL HIS NAME, you idiot. Kaki King is awesome.
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Like her sound. Great tone.
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Not sure what the issue is with the delinquents below but she has a very, very nice sound to her music. Seriously, all caps, '4', '2', 'U', and you can barely hold together a sentence, who's not going to think you're just a couple of fan boy douchebags?
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ANOTHER MICHAEL HEDGES WANT-A-BE. IF YOU WANT THE REAL THING LISTEN TO MICHAEL !!!
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Disgusting!! ! I had the honer of seeing Michael Hedges and if she wants to slop up and ruin a beautiful piece of masterfull work please DON'T RECORD IT!!! SHAME ON YOU!!!! And 4 all who want 2 hear pick up Michael Hedges Tap Root and U will understand
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Moving
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joehouse11
Kaki King has been called a guitar god by Guitar Magazine. This is maybe an understateme n t , as she has shown a mastership of the instrument in her personal style. Accompanied with her own vocals, Kaki is a remarkable artist.
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zwillia93
LOVE HER!!!!!
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so awesome!!!! secret songs are where she really turns it out
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Saw her as an opening act for Robert Randolph and Citizen Cope about 7 years ago, thought she was a guitar tech setting up, then she sat down and blew everybody's mind. Simply amazing to watch live, been a huge fan ever since.
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Love her!
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ya, shes wonderful
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I want her to have my baby!!!
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She's talented
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kpanegasser
...and gay
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not only is she a great player,but hot as well!
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patrickbrock i n g t o n
Saw Kaki perform at a cool restaurant in '04 or '05. Amazing performer! When I heard the music in August Rush, I knew that unmistakable sound.
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We should make babies together!
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her music is awesome <3
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Saw Kaki and the guys at the Varsity in Minneapolis last night... excellent show. Both her playing and stage presence are unique and leave you wanting more.
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is this also the artist who did most of the music for the August Rush soundtrack? if it is, put that in her bio as well. amazing.
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kevinecox
Awesome guitarist! I love it. First time hearing her now I want to check out all her CD's
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hammons1
Kaki king is my biggest influence of all, maybe one day we can play together and make us some beautiful new music!
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