With a voice known to “beguile the most inattentive bar-goer", Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and songwriter, drawing comparisons to 60s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and Carole King and modern artists like Adele and Brandi Carlile. She tours nationally, with notable appearances at the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and the Women’s Redrock Music Festival alongside Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.
Karyn Ann’s second studio album Be Loud is an eclectic cultivation of the calm, brooding, and compassionate personas she introduced in her 2015 debut album Into the Depths, only this time around it’s bursting with color – from rock anthem waves to funky dance riffs to more tender and delicate moments, Be Loud paints a world arguing with itself and the observer caught in between.
Be Loud will release May 2018.
“Karyn Ann invites the listener to slow down and reflect. In an almost meditative three minutes, you’ll find yourself in a dreamlike state akin to that brought on by songs like Joni Mitchell’s ‘River.’ Colin Hogan (of The Colin Trio) on melodica creates a kind of enchantment so strong you might miss the melancholy of the lyrics on first listen.”
“The first offering from her impending second album is a choral filled, full-band piano ballad that soulfully soars while reminding us all to take a minute to find a moment of peace.”
“Sturdy and elastic, her voice best recalls Patty Griffin’s emphatic, empathic singing, with a touch of Bonnie Raitt’s sultrier vibe. It doesn’t seem like she’s consciously emulating those artists - she just might have the chops to one day join their ranks.
“Karyn Ann started the way most acoustic singer/songwriters get started: by lugging a beat-up guitar around to local open mics and coffee shops. But she is finally beginning to outgrow the open mics and gain respect in her own right, as a skilled songwriter and a confident singer. Karyn Ann’s influences range from Bonnie Raitt to Brandi Carlile, but her low contralto voice could be best compared with a singer like KT Tunstall. Tonight she’ll be celebrating the release of her second album, Into the Depths, an impressive eight-song collection of acoustic soul and Tapestry-era singer/songwriter ballads. It’s a long slog from the dim coffee shops to the bright lights of the stage, but Karyn Ann is well on her way.”
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