Kora Feder (Feder rhymes with cedar) 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 300,000 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.
"an emotional weight that can stop you in your tracks, even long after the song is finished." - Pilar Fitzgerald, NPR
"Folk singer/songwriter Kora Feder looks much too young to have produced an album this mature and consistently terrific." - Americana Highways
"With a lyrical straightforwardness evoking that of Pete Seeger, Ms. Feder masterfully shows the power of song-as-clarion-call." - Roots Music Report
"The most talented new singer-songwriter I've heard in the past decade." - Rich Warren, Folkstage
"A folk wanderer in her own right, musician and singer Kora Feder prompts the listener with gentle urgency of art’s continuing consequence on our lives." - B Sides & Badlands