We are Violet Wilder
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.
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
"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