Kora Feder (Feder rhymes with Peter) is a rising voice in the new generation of songwriters up to the task of confronting the times we live in. "The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade,” says Rich Warren, host of Chicago’s Folkstage. Spring of 2019 brought the release of her first full length album, In Sevens, produced by Rich Brotherton (of Robert Earl Keen, Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, etc.) in Austin, TX. The record has already received critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to Pete Seeger's writing (Roots Music Report) and Iris Dement's voice (Americana Highways, Minor 7th). With features on numerous top picks and playlists, a highlight thus far has been the song 'I'd Be a Maria' making its way past 400,000 Spotify streams thanks to its placement on three Spotify editorial playlists in Europe.
A self proclaimed "songwriter and concerned citizen", Feder has already gained international recognition for her craft: from winning second place in the International Songwriting Competition in 2019 (19,000 entries from 140 countries), to being featured for her writing at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2018. In response to Feder’s Tiny Desk submission that received an All Songs Considered feature, NPR’s Pilar Fitzgerald described her song Automatic Times as carrying “an emotional weight that can stop you in your tracks, even long after the song has finished...a skillfully structured and impassioned plea for an end to gun violence."
Feder holds a degree in Global Studies with a focus on songwriting as empowerment in indigenous and migrant communities. She spent over two years wielding a backpack and guitar in places like China, India, Thailand, and Italy. While attending lectures, writing essays and leading songwriting workshops, she composed a collection of songs that reflect stories encountered along the way. In 2017 she graduated and recorded her debut solo EP, Marigolds. The set of 5 original songs was met with glowing reviews, described as “a melodic salutation to all that is neglected and forgotten by a world at the mercy of Father Time; the carefully conceived work of a thoroughly engaging and exceptionally capable storyteller” (A Lonely Ghost Burning, UK).
Growing up in the Northern California acoustic music scene, Feder played violin from a young age and joined parents Rita Hosking and Sean Feder on stage as a mandolin and banjo player throughout her teens. Since leaving home and venturing into the solo singer-songwriter realm, she has performed on stages across the world; from a weekend special on Thai PBS in Bangkok, to town halls in Canada, to folk festivals across the United States. After playing Northern California’s acclaimed Strawberry Music Festival in 2018 along with acts like Greg Brown and Del McCoury, Feder’s solo set was described as “brilliant and life changing” by music veteran Joe Craven.
Although originally from Northern California, Feder spent that past three years living in New York City and recently moved to Philadelphia.
April 2019. Debut full length album. Produced by Rich Brotherton in Austin, TX.
Lyrics and credits available in the album booklet.
This would not have been possible without my entire album fundraising community. Special thanks to The Zuelkes, Brian Wolfsohn, Casey Walsh & Mark Cady, Leah Smith & Augie Feder, Steve Schoenig & Carol Hillhouse, Keith & Linda Schoendoerrfer, Eve Ruff, Jesikah Maria Ross & Thom Sterling, Pamela Ronald, Susie Rafferty Glad, Kit Pappenheimer, Steve Nurse, Alice Noyes, The McGovern Critchfields, The Mayer Jacks, Danny Mayer & Esha Shanbhogue, Barbara Mayer, Brad Mager, Scott Mackdanz, Steve Koepp, Betsy Kingery, Reggie Kenner, Judi & Ron Hosking, Rita Hosking & Sean Feder, Lorraine Hendriksen, Julie Haney & Bill Dakin, Lucy Haislip & John Laird, The Greenfields, Randye Green, The Graff Kendalls, Ruth Goldman, Marguerite Fleming, Elaine Fingerett, Paul Feder & Ginny Anderson, Rochelle Ereman, Stephen Dupraw, Michael & Sofie De Nardi, Mike Craige, Dirrane Cove, Phil Collins, Robin Cassel, Eli Cassel, Andy Cassel, Bob Brundage, Gwyn Bruch, Pauline Broberg, Gioia Berlin, and Kathy Barwick
KORA ON OTHER RECORDS
Kora is featured as a co-writer, singer and instrumentalist (banjo, mandolin, guitar) on these Rita Hosking records:
For Real (2018)
Frankie and the No-Go Road (2015)
Little Boat (2013)
Live in the 16 to 1 Mine (2010)
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Review of Little Boat:
"short but oh so sweet, lean and lovely set of seven songs introducing the Californian's claw hammer banjo playing daughter, Kora Feder, 18, who is blessed with mum's unerring delicacy of touch." - UK’s Daily Mirror
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