Singer, songwriter and pianist Kiki Ebsen — the "sleeping giant in contemporary music," according to U&@46;K. jazz authority Steve Quirk — has backed several distinguished artists, including Christopher Cross, Wilson Phillips, Boz Scaggs and Tracy Chapman, and written music for dozens of others.
After earning her bachelor's degree in classical voice from the California Institute of the Arts, Ebsen, daughter of Buddy Ebsen (aka Jed Clampett of "The Beverly Hillbillies"), toured with Chicago as a keyboardist and technician. She later joined Al Jarreau's band for a world tour and performances on "The Tonight Show" and "The Arsenio Hall Show."
Her 1993 debut, "Red," produced by Paul Brown, has been described as "the kind of debut most artists can only dream of creating." More recently, she recorded "The Beauty Inside" (2011), a collection of original folk-pop songs.
Ebsen continues to write, record and perform music, as well as spend time with rescued horses on The Healing Equine Ranch in Calabasas, Calif.
She will play at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland. Los Angeles singer and songwriter Lily Wilson will share the bill with Ebsen. Admission is free. Call 541-488-9128 or see www.kikiebsen.com for more information.