Electronic Press Kit

We are Violet Wilder

Three music nerds who became best friends & an indie-folk trio. Our compositions incorporate piano, viola, acoustic & electric guitar, miscellaneous percussion, and (last but NOT least) sumptuous 3-part harmony. Sometimes we write unconventional melodies & harmonies, and we think that keeps music interesting. Have a listen - we hope you enjoy our sound.

 

A Bit About Our Alias

We chose our name as a tribute to our WI roots - the Wisconsin state flower is the violet, and the color violet represents dreams and imagination. “Wilder” refers to an adventurous explorer living off of the beaten path, AND one of our trio happens to be related to the famous Laura Ingles Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) who was also born in Wisconsin.

Single Releases

A couple places we've been highlighted:

"(Violet Wilder's) three-part harmonies and multi instrumentation are the supportive ground that hold up the emotionalism and sincerity in their songwriting. Touching, progressive and raw, this trio isn’t afraid to blend some of the formal narratives of folk music with the influence of jazz and alternative audio expression. With their latest single release called “Woke,”Violet Wilder displays a delicate movement towards an intrinsic serenity with a song that sways and changes musical and personal culmination." - Mark Hubing, Local Cords Podcast -Episode 33 - 1/10/22

LISTEN TO EP 33 HERE

 

"Violet Wilder is perhaps one of the most lovely bands you’ll ever hear live.
The trio of Kimberly Hetelle, Melissa Hardtke and Jayna Rouse has mastered the art of harmonizing and happen to have perfectly complementary voices.
This bathes each song that they perform in a consistent balance of harmony regardless of what instruments are involved. And that’s not said to belittle their instrumental skill. All three members are also masterful musicians on various instruments.
Quite simply, they are the full package." - Daniel Thompson, The Uptown Observer 2/13/21

SEE THE REVIEW/PERFORMANCE HERE

Live Performances

Always & Never LIVE

Always & Never LIVE

Enough LIVE

Enough LIVE

Wait For Me LIVE

Wait For Me LIVE

The Witch LIVE

The Witch LIVE

I Can’t Sleep LIVE

I Can’t Sleep LIVE

The Calling LIVE

The Calling LIVE

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