The moment Kari first sang Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" in her kindergarten talent show, her journey toward the music industry began. She grew up playing guitar and going to punk shows at small clubs in Seattle, and as she reached college, her music taste only became more diverse. She attended Washington State University and worked toward a degree in multimedia journalism, but spent most of her free time helping run the college radio station and hosting a weekly show that featured music from rising country artists. After graduating in 2019, Kari moved across the country, landing on-air radio gigs in Utica, New York and New Bedford, Massachusetts. Now, she's in Nashville and excited to jump into the industry in a whole new way with the team at NSAI.
Wow, this is a hard question, so I'll have to name a few. My top three would probably have to be Lewis Watson at The Crocodile in Seattle, Brad Paisley from the front of the pit at White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington and the Jonas Brothers during their first tour back in Albany, New York.
Music I'm listening to
You could ask me this question every week and get a completely different answer every time, but at the moment, I've been jamming Maisie Peters' "You Signed Up For This" like there's no tomorrow. Lainey Wilson, Lauren Weintraub, Luke Combs and Ed Sheeran can also be found in my recently-played quite a bit.
What drew me to NSAI
Growing up in a musical family, I've always appreciated the power of a great song, and I am very excited to be a part of an organization that advocates for, supports and celebrates songwriters here in Nashville and across the globe.
Favorite Nash restaurant
I may still be getting my bearings here in Nashville, but a favorite during past trips has always been Nada on 21st Ave. I mean, who can turn down a good taco and marg?