Marika Straw, a native of Wallowa County, Oregon, has been singing from the womb and tickling the keys since age eight. She began her musical career in middle school playing for her public school jazz choir and started delving into church music at her grandparents’ church in high school. While attending Lawrence University and Conservatory of Music, she became interested in anthropology and social justice, traveling to India where she completed a well-received ethnomusicology project on women’s participation in community drumming ensembles.
Since moving to Asheville in 2017 and winning 2nd Place in the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition, her musical career has taken off. She has enjoyed performing her originals for piano and voice and singing trad jazz at venues across town.
Marika recently released her first-ever professionally produced single, "Waiting" and started a new position as organist/accompanist at First Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Asheville. She is looking forward to exploring many ways to integrate her passions of social justice and music through outreach projects, including a songwriting course she will be co-teaching with local singer-songwriter Amalia Grannis at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women.
Please check out more of her music on her live recordings page, and feel free to reach out via her contact page if you are interested in booking or speaking with her!