“…A new voice that is confident and pure and original songs that are assured and authentically delivered. Disarming and vulnerable like a Nanci Griffith, seasoned and rich like a Mary Chapin Carpenter….”
– Erik Balkey, Hudson Harding Music

A songwriter’s songwriter, with deep roots in the folk tradition….Isabel’s moving lyrics ride perfectly on top of waves of acoustic guitar. Her vocals, tender and somewhat haunting, echo the truth of her insights on life, love, and the human condition.
– Kirk Ridge, NC Songwriters Co-op

We hear a lot of acts here, and Isabel’s voice is one of the most beautiful we’ve heard!
– Greg Lewis, Owner, Pittsboro Roadhouse

Debut CD ‘Awake Again’ reaches top 15 on folk DJ charts

Isabel’s debut CD, Awake Again, featuring 12 original tracks and produced by veteran guitarist and singer-songwriter Jon Shain, reached number 15 on the folk DJ charts in January 2017. The CD is available from CD Baby and other online merchants. Read more about the album.

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Now, I’m ready for 2018!

Isabel and Leah in Cary

With Leah, playing to a full house at Carolina Preserve, November 2017

The new year snuck up on me — non-music-related work, preparing to downsize, and moving took up a lot more energy and time than I would have liked. I did manage to fit in a songwriting workshop with Jon Shain and Joe Newberry, and another annual Great Guitar Camp led by Danny Gotham, both of which felt like shelter in a storm! I finally feel like I’m coming up for air, settling into a routine again, and picking up the guitar and singing on a regular basis, just like I like to 🙂

Check my dates page for upcoming gigs, both solo and with Leah Kaufman. Next up is a songwriter showcase at Summit Coffee in Davidson, NC hosted by Rob McHale. Am really looking forward to having Barry Gray (of local GrayMatter fame) join me and Leah at The Roost in May!

Also in May is my fourth Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference, always a joy! Leah and I will be sharing our songs there at some of the “unofficial” showcases, palling around with other musicians, and learning a ton along the way.

Hope the start of this year has been good to you and yours. See you soon!

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