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The Best Musical Artists From Alaska

Updated June 29, 2021 860 votes 162 voters 13.1k views36 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Garage rock, Rock music
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    27

    AlbumsIn the Mountain in the Cloud, Church Mouth, Waiter: "You Vultures!", Evil Friends, Censored Colors

    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 together...  more

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    Jewel

    Adult contemporary music, Pop music
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    28

    AlbumsPieces of You, Joy: A Holiday Collection, Spirit, 0304, This Way

    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 30...  more

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    36 Crazyfists

    Nu metal, Groove metal
    32
    16

    AlbumsRest Inside the Flames, The Tide and Its Takers, Underneath a Northern Sky, Bitterness the Star, A Snow Capped Romance

    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 and the...  more
  • 4

    Anna Graceman

    Folk music, Pop rock
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    7

    AlbumsAnna 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
  • 5

    Starship Amazing

    Synthpop
    20
    10

    AlbumsUltra-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

    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
  • 6

    Pamyua

    Yupik musical group
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    9

    AlbumsSide A / Side B, Ocean Prayer, mengluni, Verses-Apallut

    Pamyua is a Yupik musical group from Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska....  more
  • 7

    Bearfoot

    Americana, Folk music
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    7

    AlbumsDoors 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 2001, and...  more
  • 8

    John Gourley

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    9
    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. Gourley...  more
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    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
  • 10

    Artis the Spoonman

    Rock music, Pop rock
    13
    4

    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
  • 11

    Rick Holmstrom

    Electric blues, Rhythm and blues
    14
    5

    AlbumsHydraulic 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 currently...  more
  • 12

    No-Fi Soul Rebellion

    Rock, Pop
    11
    2

    AlbumsLambs 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 Heimer...  more
  • 13
    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 was...  more
  • 14

    Olga Bell

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    4
    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 Anchorage,...  more
  • 15

    Lincoln Brewster

    Christian music, Contemporary worship music
    13
    5

    AlbumsArise: A Celebration of Worship, Lincoln Brewster, Let The Praises Ring, Amazed, Joy To The World

    Lincoln Brewster (born July 30, 1971) is an American contemporary Christian musician and worship pastor. As a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Brewster became a sought-after session guitarist in...  more

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    Marian Call

    Folk music
    14
    6

    AlbumsLive in Europe, Songs of the Month & Singles, Something Fierce, Sketchbook, Love and Harmony

    Marian Call (born February 24, 1982 in Gig Harbor, Washington) is an American singer-songwriter based in Juneau, Alaska. Call has released three studio albums: Vanilla (2007), Got to Fly (2008), and...  more
  • 17

    AlbumsPort Chicago, Sophisticate

    Marcus Shelby is a teacher, composer, arranger and bassist....  more
  • 18

    Vivica Genaux

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    7
    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 Seville...  more
  • 19

    Kate Earl

    Pop music, Soul music
    15
    7

    AlbumsStronger, 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....  more
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    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
  • 21

    Kelly Moneymaker

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    7
    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 the...  more
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    Alan Robert Paul (born September 7, 1966) is an American journalist, author, musician, and blogger....  more
  • 23

    Janet Gardner

    Glam metal, Pop rock
    10
    2
    Janet Gardner is an American rock singer....  more
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    Nathan Luke West (born September 29, 1978), is an American actor, musician, and singer....  more
  • 25

    Mr. Whitekeys

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    7
    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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List Rules: Only artists born or raised in Alaska or bands formed in Alaska.