Kristen Grainger, (vocals, ukulele) is the voice of True North. As lead singer and primary songwriter, she has gained national recognition. Her song “Be Here Now” was named Song of the Year, folk category, for the 2015 IMEA Awards. She placed second at the 2015 Merlefest Songwriting Contest, and was one of ten finalists in the 2014 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, performing solo in front of 10,000 ‘festivarians.’ Kristen and Dan Wetzel’s song “Mountain Boy” was featured on the European World Bluegrass Festival’s composite CD released in 2008. The duo also was chosen from more than 800 entries to perform two originals, “Limbo” and “Doris Dean,” in the finals at the Kerrville New Folk Songwriters’ Contest. Their song “Hard Place to Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the 2010 Wintergrass song contest.