A Cover with Sass and Attitude — Karissa Ella’s “Blame It On Your Heart”

Donna Block
5 min readApr 21, 2021


Karissa Ella’s youthful and soulful style is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of country music. Inspired by the likes of Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, her music and writing is a reflection of those that came before her. Armed with a Music Entertainment Degree from Belmont University and having been singing for crowds from the young age of 10 years old, she is one of country music’s rising stars. Leaning on her ’90s country roots, the Ohio native’s new music takes the young artist in a new, more authentic direction leaning into the past with a modern flare.

Dogs and country music. Two of the very best … who influenced your love of both?

I was always surrounded by animals growing up. My family is that kind of family that treats dogs as if they are humans! I learned at a very early stage how to take care, love, and appreciate animals. When it comes to country music, I grew up listening to all genres but found my love for country on my own. I started branching out and listening to older country records and loved the storytelling side of country music. While I continue to love and appreciate all genres, country music is what I call home.

The first song released from your Acoustic Sessions Project was Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am.” If you were asked to write a one paragraph biography of yourself for new fans, what would you say?

Well, my grandmother’s name wasn’t Rosemary but I do come from a loving family which is supportive of my dreams and very important to me. I am an Ohio girl with a country music heart that I followed to Nashville to attend Belmont University. After graduating I loved the