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The Best Musical Artists From Alaska 

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Updated April 11, 2019 295 votes 80 voters 4.9k views 36 items

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

Albums: In the Mountain in the Cloud, Church Mouth, Waiter: "You Vultures!", Evil Friends, Censored Colors, + more

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
Genre: Adult contemporary music, Pop music & Traditional music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Pieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit, 0304, This Way, + more

Jewel Kilcher (born May 23, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actress, author, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over ...more

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36 Crazyfists is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

Albums: Rest Inside the Flames, The Tide and Its Takers, Underneath a Northern Sky, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance, + more

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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Starship Amazing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Starship Amazing

Albums: Ultra-Modern Rhythms, The Power of Science Is Staggering, An Apocalypse In Binary: The Memoirs of Gearhart Deckrion, Bonk (You Got Bonked) // Wrong Way, The Robot Trilogy, + more

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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John Gourley is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Redhead Express is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
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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Anna Graceman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

Albums: Anna Graceman, Showtime

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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Bearfoot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Bearfoot

Albums: Doors and Windows, American Story, Back Home, Follow Me, Only Time Knows

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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Kelly Moneymaker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Kelly Moneymaker
Kelly Susan Moneymaker (born June 4, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Moneymaker was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a teenager, she moved to Seattle to co-found ...more
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Marcus Shelby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Port Chicago, Sophisticate

Marcus Shelby is a teacher, composer, arranger and bassist.
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Olga Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 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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John Luther Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

Albums: In the White Silence, songbirdsongs, The Light That Fills the World, Four Thousand Holes (The Callithumpian Consort feat. piano: Stephen Drury & percussion: Scott Deal), The Place We Began, + more

John Luther Adams (born January 23, 1953) is an American composer whose music is inspired by nature, especially the landscapes of Alaska, where he lived from 1978 to 2014 (Garland 2007). His ...more
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No-Fi Soul Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
No-Fi Soul Rebellion

Albums: Lambs To The Slaughter EP, Oh Please Please Please, Terrible Muscles

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) 14 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Rick Holmstrom

Albums: Hydraulic Groove

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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Mythological Horses is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Artis the Spoonman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Genre: Rock music and Pop rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: ...Entertain the Entertainers, A Livin' Spoonful

Artis the Spoonman (born October 3, 1948) is an American street performer and musician from Seattle, Washington, who uses spoons as a musical instrument. He frequents the Pike Place Market ...more
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Pamyua is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Pamyua

Albums: Side A / Side B, Ocean Prayer, mengluni, Verses-Apallut

Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska.
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Kate Earl is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Genre: Pop music and Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Stronger, Fate Is the Hunter, Kate Earl, Where Are You, Live at the Epicentre

Kate Earl (born Kate Smithson) is an American singer-songwriter based out of London.
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Vivica Genaux is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Vivica Genaux

Albums: Arias for Farinelli (Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin feat. conductor: René Jacobs, mezzo-soprano: Vivica Genaux), A Tribute To Faustina Bordoni, Vivaldi: Opera Arias - Pyrotechnics

Vivica Genaux (pronounced [vi.vi.ka ʒe.no]; born July 10, 1969) is an American coloratura mezzo-soprano. She was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has sung in major operas such as The Barber of ...more
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Nathan West is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Nathan Luke West (born September 29, 1978), is an American actor, musician, and singer.
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Hilary Weeks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Hilary Weeks

Albums: I Will Not Forget, Day of Praise, Christmastime, Lead Me Home, He Hears Me, + more

Hilary Weeks (née, Novakovich; born March 7, 1970) is an American Christian musician and Mormon singer, who primarily plays a worship and gospel music version of Christian country and ...more
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Janet Gardner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Genre: Glam metal, Pop rock & Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
Janet Gardner is an American rock singer.

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Jason Everman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Genre: Rock music, Grunge & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
Jason Mark Everman (born October 16, 1967) is an American musician and soldier who played guitar with Nirvana and bass in Soundgarden and OLD. He later served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan ...more
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Libby Roderick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Libby Roderick Genre: Folk music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: How Could Anyone

Libby Roderick (born 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, recording artist, poet, activist, and teacher. The global impact of her song "How Could Anyone" has been featured on CNN, ...more
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Alan Paul is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Artists From Alaska
Alan Robert Paul (born September 7, 1966) is an American journalist, author, musician, and blogger.