2017 Grammy Nominee with Judy Collins for Best Folk Album, “Silver Skies Blue”
Over his 15 year career, Ari Hest has released eight albums, three EPs, and “52” in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. Hest is also half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, and half of the Brazilian music inspired pop duo Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland.
Hest’s music has been featured in media, most notably The Lincoln Lawyer with his 2011 song “Now” as well as TV shows Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari’s song “The Landlord” recently appeared in an episode of NPR’s “All Things Considered“. Ari also scored a film called Dreamriders in 2008 which won several independent film awards.
Throughout his career, he has toured worldwide tirelessly to support his records, sharing the stage with the likes of Sheryl Crow, The Finn Brothers, Judy Collins, Suzanne Vega, Declan O’Rourke and The Fray. While his newest album, 2014’s Shouts and Whispers, is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show leaves even more of an impression. Watching him play, one can’t help but be thrust into his world, hanging on every word like a child listening to a ghost story.