Friday, March 8th
Xaris Waltman is an eighteen year old folksinger born and raised in Pensacola, Florida. There, Waltman picked up a guitar for the first time; at the young age of eight. She started writing songs not long after that. Waltman has been referred to as an old soul because her love for folk songs started in only junior high. The love began with a "Peter, Paul, and Mary" album. Not soon afterwards Xaris began looking up to many folk groups from the folk-revolution of the 1960s and traditional American folk ballads of the late 1800s.
Waltman mostly performs solo. Just a young girl and her guitar playing a mix of traditional folk songs and original tunes. People have compared her voice to Allison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Joni Mitchell. Adam Levine compared Xaris to Dolly Parton during her time on NBC's "The Voice" Season 13 in 2017. Since "The Voice" Xaris has spent time traveling and touring the country (prominently the midwest) solo, playing festivals and small venues, clubs, and listening rooms. Traveling and playing music is Xaris's biggest dream next to keeping folk music alive. She hopes to share love through music with everyone she meets.