Karen Mal and David Stoddard
This is duo 20 years in the making. Best friends since their first meeting at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2005, they have FINALLY produced their first collection of together songs: DUETS volume I. It was produced the way many classic albums were, with an eye toward writing and performing as vibrantly and lovingly as possible, and the results are undeniable. Songs about love, life, and family,
Karen Mal sings. From raw sensuality to shimmering bell-like clarity, her voice is both tender and powerful, and as effortless as a waterfall. There's a river that flows between Karen and her audience. It's about love. The possibility and the unbearable beauty of it. Elusive and abundant at the same time.
Based in Austin, TX, Karen has created a name for herself as a captivating singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Ranging from charming to seductive, impressionistic to philosophical, her songs have brought her nationwide acclaim. Shes won top awards from the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival in Texas, the Tucson Folk Festival and the Portland Songwriters Association and has also been a three time New Folk Finalist at Kerrville, emerging artist at Falcon Ridge and a finalist at the Sisters Folk Festival. -- Last.fm
David Stoddard is a composer, songwriter, producer, educator, and music theory nerd based in Minnesota, USA.
He's also a successful songwriter. He's a Kerrville New Folk winner, and has taken top writing honors at the Minnesota Folk Festival, the South Florida Folk Festival, and the Tucson Folk Festival. He tours throughout the US and Canada. Although, admittedly, it doesn't tell you much about his own music (and he's loath to name-drop), it seems like some kind of obligation to let you know that he's performed with a huge number of lovely people, including Dan Navarro, Leon Russell, Juice Newton, Cheryl Wheeler, Cliff Eberhardt, Drew Nelson, Ronny Cox, David Olney, Beth Wood, Dan Hicks, and Michael Johnson.
He performs using piano, guitar, and accordion.
He writes for film and choir as well, and is available for commissions and custom projects.