Folk/Americana Singer-Songwriter

JASPAR LEPAK (pronounced JAS-per LEE-pack) writes feminist folk songs from the heart—poetic, profound and “always evocative” (Mostly Minnesota). Drawing comparisons to Kate Wolf and Nanci Griffith, her pure voice rings out above the pack, creating classic-sounding folk songs inspired by the many places she has called home (Tucson, Durban, Seattle, and currently Minneapolis). Her 2024 release So Strong landed at #6 on Folk Radio Chart, and her 2021 release Desert Ghosts also charted in the Top 10 on folk radio. So Strong is a powerful and timely album that perfectly weaves the personal with the political. Inspired by the overturning of Roe, the loss of her childhood friend to cancer and her own experiences with pregnancy, childbirth and caregiving, the songs are bravely honest, deep, sweet and even playful at times. "So Strong is comforting and charmingly unpretentious.” (89.3 The Current)

Originally from Arizona, Jaspar went to St. Paul for college, where she studied classical piano and literature. It was not until she graduated that she took up the guitar and started writing songs. An English major with an MFA in Creative Writing, she was always interested in stories, and the guitar gave her a new avenue for telling hers. A prolific writer, she recorded five albums in five years before moving to Durban, South Africa with her husband Kale. Her music found an enthusiastic audience, and in 2011, she recorded Forgiving Wind, which Rolling Stone South Africa hailed as an album full of "beauty and original charm.” Jaspar moved back to the States in 2012, settling in Seattle where she released Wide World in 2014 and Close to Me in 2017 – just a few months after her daughter Adelaide was born.

While in Seattle, Jaspar was a member of the Bushwick Book Club of Seattle – a group of songwriters who write and perform songs inspired by books. She has recorded several of the songs she wrote while a member, including tracks that appeared on her radio-charting album Desert Ghosts (2021) and her new album So Strong (2024). Jaspar has also been commissioned to write songs for New York Times best-selling novelist JoAnn Ross, who saw Jaspar perform at the Olympia Farmers Market and inspired her to make one of her heroines a songwriter. Jaspar’s song “One Brave Life” was written for Ross’ book The Inheritance and was released as a single in 2021.

Following the release of her album Desert Ghosts in 2021, she and her family moved back to Minneapolis where she performs most often as a duo with keyboard player and singer Ben Cook-Feltz. She has been a frequent guest on the Island of Discarded Women Live Show + Podcast which is hosted by former Prairie Home Companion cast member Sue Scott and mixes humorous and engaging storytelling, social commentary, original music and enlightening conversation with women artists, activists, writers and comedians.

Making a name for herself in the folk community, Jaspar has been a FAR-West Official Showcase Artist, a Folk DJ Showcase Artist at the Northeast and Midwest Folk Alliance Regional Conferences and has showcased at the Folk Alliance International Conference several times. Her song “Dandelion” was recently included on The Seasons Project, an 80-song modern folk anthology put together by veteran folk singer and promoter Christine Lavin. Her songs “I Am Human (Live)” and "My Own Moves" were featured as Songs of the Day on The Current, and her song “I Know a Woman'' was featured on the syndicated public radio show Democracy Now on a segment celebrating the life of LGBTQ+ rights activist Edith Windsor.

A working artist, Jaspar combines parenting with performing, teaching music and leading programs for assisted living and memory care. She gathers inspiration from reading and walking around Minneapolis’ lakes and creeks.


“So strong is comforting and charmingly unpretentious.” ~ The Current

“political and heart wrenching folk songs” ~ Mostly Minnesota

“not only timely but a deeply disturbing reminder of liberties on the verge of being curtailed” ~ Americana UK

"You'll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan." ~ Rolling Stone South Africa 

“Jaspar Lepak is the real deal when it comes to songwriting and guitar work, and as a vocalist she has few—if any—peers.  She is a songwriter's dream.” ~ Christine Lavin 

 "Jaspar's evocative imagery transports us, with fine musical clarity nestled in a landscape of natural wonder." ~ Jean Geiger, 91.3 FM KBCS 

“It's one of those voices that can move all over the place, get big and small, wild and shy, sincere and acerbic, without ever losing its clarity and precision.”  ~ Peter Machen, Sunday Tribune South Africa 

"Jaspar Lepak's crystalline voice and lyrical phrasing is a wonder, a beacon of true musicality. Listening to her evocative songs sung with that gorgeous voice, I am reminded of how I felt as a young man, the first time I heard Joni Mitchell. Jaspar Lepak is a special talent whose presentation transcends age, styles and fads." ~ Tom May, River City Folk 

“Her core shines without compromise or submission, her words reveal insight, lyricism, humour and compassion. The real deal. It gets no better than this.”~ Helge Janssen, 

"Jaspar's poetry sings with magical metaphor."  ~ Auntmama, 91.3 FM KBCS  

  “Lepak’s voice has that earnest Emmylou Harris tinge, giving her songs a heartfelt and emotional quality that penetrates deeply.” ~ John Ziegler, Duluth News Tribune 

  “She’s a compelling and sometimes even riveting singer, pure and pretty without being precious, emotionally raw without being raunchy, with a clean, clear voice that drifts between folk, country and that middle ground that has been identified, by those who decide these things, as Americana...”  ~ Richard Haslop, Audio Video Magazine SA  

​ “Delicate folk songstress Jaspar Lepak has the kind of Americana, lullaby ghost of a voice that listeners search for in roots music.”~ Twin Cities A.V. Club