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    "Blame it on my state of dreaming, or my lack of self control..."


    DC based singer-songwriter, Calista Garcia brings mix of complexity and sophistication to her folk and rock musings that carry a hint of both pop and blues. Her study of human emotion deliver lyrics that surpass her age to reveal stories that are yet to be lived.

    What's Next?

    Considered a "creative machine" by her mentors, Calista is excited to explore what's next for her musical journey. Her talent, passion, and fire is an evolving story with new moments of ignition.


    We can't wait to see what's next. There's no telling what direction she'll go.


    "She writes like she's 15 going on 50..."

    Don Henry, Grammy Award winning Nashville songwriter

    Berklee Showcase Winner

    Berklee Performing Songwriter Showcase- August 2017

    Calista was one of 10 featured artists in Berklee's premier main stage Summer Performing Songwriter Showcase. She opened the show backed by a top notch band at Berklee Performance Center!! She was also awarded a full scholarship to Berklee's Vocal Performance Summit next summer!



    New Single "Baby Blue" Released

    It's out!!! The @halfkingmusic Summer Sample is available on iTunes and Amazon music, and so is Calista's song, "Baby Blue". Everybody everybody everybody go check it out!!!



    Arlington Connection Coverage

    Feature story- June 2017

    Local newspaper interviews Calista regarding her Grammycamp selection and upcoming career plans.



    Grammy Camp

    Songwriting Intensive in Nashville- May 2017

    Calista was one of twelve young artists selected for the Grammy Foundation's songwriting program in Nashville. She was chosen from more than 700 applicants nationwide to attend one of two GRAMMY Camp programs this summer. GRAMMY Camp is a 5-day nonresidential summer music industry program for high school students. Hosted by Belmont University in Nashville and USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, students from across the country apply for one of the eight offered career tracks. GRAMMY Camp faculty of music professionals as well as guest industry professionals provide valuable insight to give the campers the best chance at achieving success in their chosen career.



    2017 Young Songwriter of the Year

    Winner of Bernard Ebb Songwriter Contest- March 2017

    Calista was selected by a three judge panel as the 2017 Bernard Ebb Young Songwriter of the Year after a special evening of live performances by the 8 finalists at the Bethesda Blue and Jazz Supper Club. As part of the prize, Calista received $2,500 and will have multiple performance opportunities over the coming year. She is so excited and humbled by this honor!



    Live TV Debut

    Let's Talk Live, Newschannel 8- Feb 2017

    Calista was invited to represent the Bernard Ebb Songwriter Award Finalists in a live TV interview and performance on WJLU's morning news show. The Bernard Ebb Songwriting Awards is produced by the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and recognizes talented songwriters from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia and features a live concert performed by the competition finalists. Calista is a finalist in the youth category and will be performing in the finals on March 3, 2017.



    15 Minutes Max

    Performance at Amazon, Seattle WA- November 2016

    Calista got the amazing opportunity to play at an event for Amazon in Seattle called "15 Minutes Max". From hundreds of entries, she was one of seven acts selected, and played a set of her own originals.



    Sounds of Community

    Warren Wilson College’s The Swannanoa Gathering Celebrates 25 years with All-Star Lineup- July 2016

    Calista's vocals highlight the local news coverage of this unique music experience. Singer and song writers unite for summer session workshops. In this Carolina Moment, photojournalist Matt Raisch gives us a look into Warren Wilson College's "The Swannanoa Gathering."



    Arlington's Hottest Musicians

    Arlington Magazine Feature- July 2015

    Local magazine highlights the biggest names in local music, from rising stars and Grammy nominees to legends of blues, bluegrass and reggae. At the time 14 years old, Calista is a rising star feature in the write up.



    Early Beginnings

    Musical Score Highlighted in the Washington Post- Nov 2014

    In 2014 Calista was featured in the Washington Post for writing the score for a musical at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. A very exciting feature for the then 13 year old who wrote her first musical score.



    Ruminations on Dreams

    DeerDaniel.com Impressions- April 2014

    Daniel Vestal shares on his blog some heartfelt observations after hearing Calista during a 2014 Austin Java Open Mic night. "I remember feeling relevant once, but after witnessing the talents of such young performers like Calista, I am publicly retiring all ambition that I might’ve once had and replacing it with desperate attempts for pity."




    Calista frequents local music hot spots, open mic nights, DC, VA, & MD fairs and festivals. Keep an eye out for where to find her in the DC community or on the road.

    Writing Accolades

    2017 Bernard/Ebb Young Songwriter of the Year

    Calista has been selected as the 2017 Bernard/Ebbs Young Songwriter of the Year at a recent live performance event in Bethesda, MD. The title comes with several performance opportunities throughout the year. We'll keep you posted!



    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    In the Studio

    Studio Sessions

    Calista has recently begun collaborating with Half King Music on some co-writing projects. The first single called "Baby Blue" has been released in a compilation CD and is available for purchase here! She is also in the studio with some Nashville folks working on an EP. Stay tuned for more to come. . .

    Photo credit: Robert Bejil Productions via VisualHunt / CC BY

    Upcoming Performances

    Tuesday December 5th, 8:00

    The Black Squirrel

    2670 Avenir Pl, Fairfax, VA


    Friday November 17th, 8:00

    AMP by Strathmore

    11810 Grand Park Ave, N Bethesda, MD


    Thursday October 5th, 8:00

    Outta the Way Cafe

    17503 Redland Rd, Derwood, MD


    Sunday September 17th, 8:00

    Marble & Rye

    2501 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA


    Saturday September 2nd, 8:00

    DC9 Nightclub

    1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC


    Friday September 1st, 6:00

    First Friday Loudoun

    101 Loudoun Street (Downtown Leesburg), Leesburg, VA


    Wednesday August 2nd, 8:00

    Berklee Performing Songwriter Showcase

    Berklee Performance Center, 36 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA


    Tuesday June 27th, 5:45

    Reston Chamber of Commerce Mixer

    New York Life, 11190 Sunrise Valley Drive. Suite 301 Reston, VA


    Wednesday May 17th, 7:00

    Parallel Wine Bistro

    Broadlands Village Center, 43135 Broadlands Center Plaza # 121, Broadlands, VA


    Saturday April 22nd, 10:00 am

    Live Well Loudoun Festival

    Uptown One Loudoun
    20626 Easthampton Plaza
    Ashburn, VA


    Friday March 31, 8:30

    Villain and Saint

    7141 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD


    Friday March 3rd

    Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards, 7:30

    Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supperclub

    7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda MD


    Thursday March 2nd

    Rockville Singer-Songwriter Showcase, 8:00

    Outta the Way Cafe

    17503 Redland Rd, Derwood, MD

    Come see her live. Join our mailing list to stay in the loop on the latest calendar updates.

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