Incredibly inspired by the passionate songwriters of her mother's generation like the Beatles and Billy Joel, Caressa started playing the guitar at the age of 10 - which is also the same year she visited Alaska for the first time (she fell madly in love with both). By 15, she was a regular on the open mic circuit of LA. There was even then the makings of a unique guitar style - percussive and powerful - very much inspired by Ani Difranco and later others like Leo Kotke, Kaki King and Michael Hedges. She credits Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell as significantly influential as well.
An adventurer at heart, she moved to Alaska when she was 17 to live closer to the earth and study anthropology, continuing to play music on the weekends and in the summers. Eventually, she took to the sea in Alaska and abroad to work, explore and travel. Ocean themes, elements and metaphors swim through the body of her work. It's no wonder she calls Homer, one of Alaska's artsiest seaside enclaves, home.
Shortly after moving to Homer, AK in 2007, she began the Wanderlust Lounge, an experimental weekly musical residency enjoyed for nearly a year. Caressa's debut album is titled Wanderlust. Resonating with the soulful vibrations of a coming of age, it was recorded out East in Homer, AK in a small cabin. These 8 songs are potent distillations of the artists raw experience.
In June Caressa was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation that allowed her to dive into music recording and production and she is currently working on her second album, in her own studio in Homer. The record 'STARSHINE' was released in August of 2012 and toured up the West Coast of the US in the Fall of 2012. After working so hard for a year and a half on the production of her sophmore release, Caressa took a break from music... But it didn't turn out to be much of a break - so now she is resting and reinventing for real in the warm wilds of Big Sur ~ look for her at a winery or a first friday in California sometime soon!