Krista Pav

Krista Pav is a unique package. She has a raw, captivating, blues and soul voice, often compared to the likes of Janis Joplin. She is one of Australia’s most refreshing and important contemporary Indigenous songwriters, exploring her cultural roots through the reclamation of her Indigenous language, Wangaaypuwan.

She is a powerful musical cocktail, which grabs the attention of listeners, offering a laid back and effortless stage presence, drawing audiences into a refreshing and personal journey through her infectious music, catapulting them onto the journey of self-discovery and reclamation with her.

Resilience has always been a part of Krista Pav’s makeup. Growing up in Ceduna and Port Lincoln South Australia, at the young age of 17, she went on a solo tour, busking her way around Australia and Europe. After increasing her repertoire she began playing in many venues and festivals in South Australia, including the Eclipse, Fringe, Woodford Folk, Dreaming and Spirit Festivals. Krista has also played in venues on the north coast of NSW and throughout Europe and the UK.

Her reclamation journey began with the recording of her new EP Free Spirit after being awarded an Artist in Residency Grant, supported by the Blacktown Arts Center in Sydney’s West in 2012. The residency explored the research and development of new contemporary blues/pop/soul music through the use of Krista’s Indigenous language and heritage. 

Krista worked with her linguist Aunty, Leslie Woods, to explore their Indigenous language to create the new EP, which is in part English/part Wangaaypuwan.

The Free Spirit EP was launched by Krista and her 6 piece band, at the Adelaide Spirit Festival on the 17 February 2013, as one of the headline acts alongside Jessica Mauboy and Troy Cassar-Daley. ( Track 3 from the EP, Back to Square One, reached no#9 on the Triple J Unearthed Charts for the roots genre alongside Track 1, Free Spirit at no# 12 and Track four Wangaaypankirrpathii (Amazing Grace) at no#16. Click here for more. 

Back to Square One (track 3) has reached 2,407 downloads, (Please see Air Play statistics and reviews) proving to be one of the EP’s best KPI’s (key performance indicators). The tracks Back to Square One and Amazing Grace have been submitted to AMRAP AIRIT Reaching Number 2 and Held the top 3 for 4 weeks along side the likes of Bernard Fanning and the Cat Empire. Click here for more.