Bands/Musicians The Best Musical Artists From Alaska  

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List Rules Only artists born or raised in Alaska or bands formed in Alaska.

Here are the best artists and bands from Alaska. There may not be a ton of bands and singers coming out of Alaska. However, what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Alaskan music incorporates numerous traditions and cultures. Residents of the state flock to the Alaska Folk Festival every year in Juneau. Other well-attended festivals in the area include Athabascan Old-Time Fiddling Festival, Anchorage Folk Festival, and Fairbanks Folk Festival. Bands from the continental United States visit Alaska to partake in these festivals as well as the most famous musical artists from Alaska. 

This is probably the point where a lot of people reading are asking themselves, "Which musical artists are from Alaska?" Any fans of bluegrass will have heard of Bearfoot, which are predominantly known for their work Fishtrap Joe. This epic work details the struggles between the local Alaskan fisherman and Seattle-based fish empires. Other popular Alaska artists include Jewel, Portugal the Man, Marian Call, Artis the Spoonman, and Hilary Weeks. 

If you have listened to any of these Alaskan musical artists, then you should vote on this list. Let everyone know how Alaska has contributed to the music industry by ensuring your favorite band or singer makes it to the top of the list. 

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Portugal. The Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Garage rock, Rock music, Psychedelic pop
Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O'Quin, and Jason Sechrist. Gourley and Carothers met and began playing music ...more
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Jewel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Traditional music
Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, and author/poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2008, has ...more
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Anna Graceman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Folk music, Pop rock
Anna Graceman is a young American singer-songwriter and pianist whose self-penned songs and music has gained attention home and abroad. Her style of music incorporates elements of folk, soul and ...more
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Marcus Shelby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Jazz
Marcus Shelby is a teacher, composer, arranger and bassist.
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Kate Earl is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Pop music, Soul music
Kate Earl is an American singer-songwriter.
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Vivica Genaux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Vivica Genaux
Vivica Genaux is an American coloratura mezzo-soprano. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her father was a biochemistry professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her mother, was a ...more
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Claudene Christian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Claudene Christian
Claudene Christian was an entrepreneur, sailor, gymnast, singer and beauty queen. Christian claimed to be a lineal descendant of Fletcher Christian, the leader of the mutiny on the Bounty, and ...more
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Kelly Moneymaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Kelly Moneymaker
Kelly Susan Moneymaker is a singer, songwriter, producer. Moneymaker was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She ended up moving to Seattle and working with The Tubes, then moved to California ...more
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Marian Call is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Folk music
Marian Call, is an American singer-songwriter based in Juneau, Alaska. Call has released three studio albums: Vanilla, Got to Fly, and Something Fierce. In early 2013, she released her first ...more
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Starship Amazing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Starship Amazing Synthpop
Starship Amazing are a synthpop duo consisting of Derek Alexander and Maya Hansen from Anchorage, Alaska. They started making music in 2008 with their EP, Zoom Zoom Internet. The duo came to ...more
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Mythological Horses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Mythological Horses is an alternative rock band from Seattle Washington. The band consists of Shawn Holley (guitar and vocals), and Jest Commons (formerly of The Moldy Peaches, drums). The band ...more
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No-Fi Soul Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
No-Fi Soul Rebellion Rock, Pop, Soul
No-Fi Soul Rebellion is an American musical group formed in Alaska in 2001. The band was started by Mark Heimer, who records all vocals and music himself. The performing band is made up Mark ...more
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Rick Holmstrom is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Rick Holmstrom Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, West Coast blues
Rick Holmstrom is an American electric blues and rhythm and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Holmstrom has previously worked with William Clarke, Johnny Dyer, and Rod Piazza. He is ...more
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Olga Bell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Olga Bell
Olga Bell (born Olga Balashova, Russian: Ольга Балашова, 3 October 1983) is an American musician, music producer, composer, and singer-songwriter. She was born in Moscow, Russia, raised in ...more
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36 Crazyfists is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Nu metal, Groove metal, Emo
36 Crazyfists is a four-piece Alaskan band originally based in Anchorage and later based in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The band's name comes from a Jackie Chan movie, Jackie Chan ...more
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Pamyua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Pamyua Yupik musical group
Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska.
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Redhead Express is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Country
The Redhead Express is an American country music band consisting of four sisters: Kendra (lead singer, songwriter and guitarist), Alisa (second lead and baritone singer who plays fiddle and ...more
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John Gourley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
John Gourley
John Baldwin Gourley (born June 12, 1981) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter from Alaska. He is the lead singer and guitarist in the Portland, Oregon rock band Portugal. The Man. ...more
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Bearfoot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Bearfoot Americana, Folk music, Bluegrass
Bearfoot is a post-bluegrass band that started in Alaska in 1999 as Bearfoot Bluegrass. The original all-Alaskan band competed in and won the 26th annual Telluride Bluegrass band contest in ...more
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Rosie Hamlin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Rosie Hamlin
Rosalie "Rosie" Méndez Hamlin (July 21, 1945 – March 30, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter who was the frontwoman of the group Rosie and the Originals, best known for ...more
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Mr. Whitekeys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Mr. Whitekeys
Mr. Whitekeys, also known as W. Keys, is a musician, recording artist, entrepreneur, writer, media personality and ornithologist in the U.S. state of Alaska. He was the owner and operator of a ...more
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Amerie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Hip hop music, New Wave, Pop music
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, known professionally as Ameriie, is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress. She debuted in 2002 with the album All I Have, primarily co-written and ...more
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Artis the Spoonman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Rock music, Pop rock
Artis the Spoonman is an American street performer from Seattle, Washington, who uses spoons as a musical instrument. He frequents the Pike Place Market accompanying singer/songwriter and ...more
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Hilary Weeks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Hilary Weeks
Hilary Weeks is a singer/songwriter of faith based music with seven completed albums including her latest, Every Step, produced by Shadow Mountain Records. Hilary is also a frequent speaker at ...more
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Janet Gardner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Glam metal, Pop rock, Hard rock
Janet Gardner is an American rock singer.