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Mikaela Dewar: Bio

Mikaela is 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 gigs by 9. Mikaela's music fuses blues, jazz & old-school country and she can't help but swing whatever she sings.

Mikaela's gypsy spirit has 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 album, “Hard as Nails”. Produced by Don Kerce (Alex Chilton, Buddy Rich, Lisa Carver), it 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).

She 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 immersing herself in the rich musical heritage of West Texas she opened for Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines, Ian Moore and Fred Eaglesmith. Mikaela also spent time living and playing shows in Austin, Texas. To see her playing with the great guitar player Tommy Emmanuel at the Moody Theater go to the YouTube link on the "Links" page.

Mikaela is now based in Nashville. She has just released a new album, "Big Ballad Snare", produced by the incredible Don Kerce at ANARCHY!