“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.
Lepak started writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. Between 2004 and 2009, she recorded five albums, and in the fall of 2009, she moved 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.” Lepak became a Seattle resident in 2012 and released "Wide World" in 2014 and "Close to Me" in 2017—just a few months after her daughter was born! She is currently a member of the brand new folk trio Raising Hazel, a collaborative adventure with Pacific Northwest songwriters Avery Hill (Portland, OR) and Mandy Troxel (Orcas, WA). Lepak is also working on a new album of original material at the Winterblue Room (Seattle) and putting together a Seattle band for the project. Stay tuned for news about this upcoming release!