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Chris Pureka


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Northampton MA, United States

Chris Pureka is an American acoustic singer-songwriter from Northampton, Massachusetts.

Raised in Connecticut, Pureka is said to have begun writing songs at the age of eight; by 16 she was playing the guitar. Following performances at local coffee houses and open mics, she began opening shows for such artists as Erin McKeown and Pamela Means while completing a degree in biology at Wesleyan University. After graduating, she worked in a microbiology research lab at Smith College in Northampton, eventually leaving to focus on her music full-time. In June 2001, she recorded a self-titled seven-song EP in preparation for a three-month nationwide tour with lesbian folk poet Alix Olson.

In 2004, Pureka released Driving North, her first full-length album, earning rave reviews from fans and fellow artists alike. In 2006, she released Dryland, and toured the US a second time as a headlining act. In May 2007, Pureka was a member of the month-long New American Songwriter Tour in New York City, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts. The tour also featured Krystle Warren, Jesse Harris and Ryan Scott. In July 2007, Pureka’s song, “Swann Song” won 1st Place in the Acoustic competition on the independent music site

In October 2007, Pureka was nominated for 2007’s Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards. She was also awarded an ASCAPLUS award in the summer of 2007.


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  • tarinnlaffan

    Incredible talented amazing!

    4 May 6:08pm Reply
  • OsKlen_

    My best discovery 2015.

    26 Jan 11:13pm Reply
  • futureidiot

    so catchy and emotional and just perfect

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Kittie_Mew_Mew

    she's absolutely amazing live

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • goodnightdear

    love at first listen. vividserenity - queers like to support other queers and listen to queer music - labels make it easier, pride, etc

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Iveldie

    nathannaelkan, she is a female vocal

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • nathanaelkan

    his vocal is very high pitched I thought it was a female vocal at the first time.

    29 Mar 2012 Reply
  • burningcat

    Always Sublime!

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
  • formlessness

    If anyone has the "Chris Pureka EP", NOT Chimera, I'd be very interested in buying it from you, or if you could upload it, I'd be VERY appreciative.

    19 Jun 2011 Reply
  • formlessness

    I discovered this music while listening to "Under 100 listeners" radio. Apparently that tag is wrong. But than god it is, or I would have never heard this PERFECTION.

    13 Jun 2011 Reply
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    2 Mar 2011 Reply
  • keeper-of-keys

    Absolutely amazing. Listened to the first few bars of a song and fell in love.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • elbebirthe

    I missed your October concert at the SilverFuture. When are you coming back to Berlin?

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • littlebluekitty

    I'm a straight girl that loves her music. ^_^ Burning Bridges is definitely one of my faves of hers.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • macychick

    Love Chris Pureka? Check out Rachael Sage

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • jessefivey

    Another artist I like who's going to Michfest. I'm so fucking disappointed in her.

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • telavida

    <3 marry me!

    15 May 2010 Reply
  • WhackedTollie

    GAH I want to see her live... but I'm so broke and it's in San Fran lol...

    10 May 2010 Reply
  • ocgray

    I love that one of the tags is "queer"

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • GeneralAtrocity

    Only just discovered her by accident. Obviously a huge talent, I predict big things once more people become aware of her. Superb.

    16 Apr 2010 Reply
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