“You’ll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan.” ~ Chris Roper, Rolling Stone South Africa
"Jaspar's poetry sings with magical metaphor."
~ Auntmama, 91.3 KBCS @ Bellevue College
“Delicate folk songstress Jaspar Lepak has the kind of Americana, lullaby ghost of a voice that listeners search for in roots music.”~ Twin Cities A.V. Club
"Jaspar Lepak's crystalline voice and lyrical phrasing is a wonder, a beacon of true musicality. Listening to her evocative songs sung with that gorgeous voice, I am reminded of how I felt as a young man, the first time I heard Joni Mitchell. Jaspar Lepak is a special talent whose presentation transcends age, styles and fads." ~ Tom May, River City Folk
“Her core shines without compromise or submission, her words reveal insight, lyricism, humour and compassion. The real deal. It gets no better than this.”~ Helge Janssen, Artslink.co.za
“Lepak’s voice has that earnest Emmylou Harris tinge, giving her songs a heartfelt and emotional quality that penetrates deeply.”~ John Ziegler, Duluth News Tribune
“She’s a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these things, as Americana...”
~ Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine (South Africa)
“It's one of those voices that can move all over the place, get big and small, wild and shy, sincere and acerbic, without ever losing its clarity and precision.”
~ Peter Machen, Sunday Tribune (South Africa)
(pronounced JAS-per LEE-pack)
A child of the Sonoran Desert, Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Deeply influenced by the many places she has called home (Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle), she sweeps across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, writing with a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.
Although Jaspar studied classical piano through college, it was not until she graduated that she took up the guitar and started writing songs in her then home of Minneapolis. An English major with an MFA in Creative Writing, she was always interested in stories, and the guitar gave her a new avenue for telling hers. A prolific writer, she recorded five albums in five years before moving to Durban, South Africa with her husband Kale. Her music found an enthusiastic audience, and in 2011, she recorded Forgiving Wind, which Rolling Stone South Africa hailed as an album full of "beauty and original charm.” Jaspar moved back to the States in 2012, settling into Seattle where she released Wide World in 2014 and Close to Me in 2017—just a few months after her daughter Adelaide was born.
Jaspar is currently a member of new folk trio Raising Hazel, a collaborative adventure with Pacific Northwest songwriters Avery Hill (Portland, OR) and Mandy Troxel (Orcas, WA). She is also a member of the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle—a group of songwriters who write and perform songs inspired by books. Two of these songs appear on her 2021 release Desert Ghosts. Continuing her connection with the literary community, Jaspar has been commissioned to write songs for best-selling novelist JoAnn Ross , who saw Jaspar perform at the Olympia Farmers Market and inspired her to make one of her heroines a songwriter. Jaspar has been a FAR-West Official Showcase Artist and has performed at the Folk Alliance International Conference several times over the last few years. Her song “I Know a Woman” was featured on the syndicated public radio show Democracy Now on a segment celebrating the life of LGBTQ rights activist Edith Windsor. When not making music and doing yoga with her four-year-old, Jaspar is working on her first book, a memoir about finding her voice through music. During the pandemic, she has also taken banjo and embroidery classes on Zoom. She also loves to read.