Singer Karissa Ella Covers “Who I Am,” One of Country Music’s Most Relatable Tracks, as Part of The Acoustic Sessions Collection

Donna Block
4 min readFeb 12, 2021

Armed with a music entertainment degree from Belmont University and having been singing since she was 10 years old, Karissa Ella’s soulful style is evident in “Who I Am,” her first single from The Acoustic Sessions, a collection of songs spotlighting some of country’s most relatable tracks.

Jessica Andrews released “Who I Am,” the Brett James and Troy Verges co-write, in 2000 as the first single and title track from her second album. She took the song to number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs. Two decades later, you chose it as the first single from your upcoming release, The Acoustic Sessions.

Andrews shared at the time, “It’s about believing in yourself and being supported by those around you. No matter how many mistakes you make, your friends and family will be there for you.” What personally drew you to the lyrics?

I can honestly say I relate to every single lyric written in this song even down to the “Spitting image of my father” lyric! I am grateful to have amazing, supportive and loving parents that are both my biggest fans. It almost feels like the song was written for me in a way because of how much I can relate to it and I think that’s why it was a hit! Brett and Troy created a song that is so