Kristen Grainger, (vocals) is the voice of True North, quickly earning an international reputation as a crafter of great songs. Winner of this year’s performing songwriter contest at Wildflower! Art and Music Festival (TX), her songwriting has received recognition at several of the nation’s most prestigious songwriting competitions: Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), and Merlefest (NC). Her song Be Here Now was named Song of the Year, folk category, at the 2015 IMEA Awards. Mountain Boy, which she co-wrote with Dan Wetzel, was featured on the European World Bluegrass Festival’s compilation album. The duo’s song “Hard Place to Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the 2010 Wintergrass song contest.