Calista Garcia

Playwright Composer Lyricist Librettist

Washington DC-based songwriter, composer and performing artist Calista Garcia brings a mix of complexity and sophistication to her confessional folk and rock musings that carry a hint of pop and blues. Her style harkens back to ’70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, and Joni Mitchell, but with a fresh and modern twist.  A recent reviewer characterized Calista’s songwriting as “a force of personality backed by a knowing musicality”.


A prolific songwriter who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bass, mandolin and harmonica, Calista also writes for the stage. At age 13, Calista wrote music and lyrics for a pop-rock musical adaptation of the Greek comedy, Lysistrata, called Lizzystrata.


Calista completed her second classic-rock inspired musical (book, music, lyrics, musical direction), Crystal Skies, which premiered in April 2018 in Arlington VA. The Crystal Skies project is under further development, and Calista is in the process of recording a Crystal Skies soundtrack anticipated to be completed summer 2019.

Calista is looking for opportunities to stage Crystal Skies and to further develop Lizzystrata.


A member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, Calista is a 2019 Strathmore Artist in Residence, 2018 & 2019 National Young Arts Winner (Voice/Singer-Songwriter), 2017 & 2018 Berklee Performance Songwriting Showcase Winner, 2017 Bernard Ebbs Young Songwriter of the Year and a 2017 Grammy Foundation Young Songwriter Program Artist. Her first solo EP entitled Wild Woman is slated for release April 2019.  Two songs on her upcoming debut EP Wild Woman were 2019 finalists for International Acoustic Music Awards.


Washington Post -

Humanium -

Sample song demos:

"Crystal Skies" (from Crystal Skies) -

"Witches Thanksgiving" (from Crystal Skies) -

"We Stand Up" (from Lizzystrata) -

"Tick Tock" (from Lizzystrata) -