Soulful acoustic artist Mikaela Dewar hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. She has been playing music practically her whole life. She started playing her dad's old guitar at 7 and was playing shows by 9. Mikaela's music fuses blues & old-school country and she can't help but swing whatever she sings.
After finishing her arts degree in French and Politics, Mikaela's gypsy spirit led her from her island home to play music all over the world. She has gone from touring with bands in outback Australia to studying music amongst the tumbleweeds at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. From playing clubs in London and traveling Europe to Nashville, Tennessee, where she recorded her second album. “Hard as Nails” was produced by Don Kerce (Alex Chilton, Buddy Rich, Lisa Carver) and features incredible Nashville players Glen Duncan (Mark Knopfler, Bill Monroe, George Jones), Robin Ruddy (Rod Stewart, Lee Greenwood, Vince Gill) and Barry Walsh (Roy Orbison, Jimmy Webb, Gretchen Peters). Mikaela recently spent 2 years writing and playing shows in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas, culminating in a performance with the great guitar player Tommy Emmanuel at the Moody Theater (studio for Austin City Limits).
Her debut album "Overdressed" was recorded in Lubbock, Texas and was produced by Todd Caldwell (Crosby, Stills & Nash) & Don Caldwell (Joe Ely, Terry Allen). She has won New Zealand’s premier country music award, The Gold Guitar Award, and was a Grand Finalist in Star Maker, Australia's most prestigious country music talent search. She was the South Plains College Female Songwriter of the Year twice. While in West Texas, Mikaela supported highly respected artists Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Ian Moore and Fred Eaglesmith.
Mikaela is now based in Nashville, where she is recording her third album. [+]