Brenda Carsey / Press
““Hey Brenda!” I called across the room, over the sounds of Ludacris asking what my fantasy was. She danced her way across the room and raised her eyebrows expectantly. “Describe your genre for me. I can’t do it,” I said. I gestured to the boy leaning next to the wall beside me. “He wants to know.” “Um, well,” she said. “It’s kinda like, if Fiona Apple, St. Vincent, and The Tallest Man On Earth all had a baby. And then kinda some Patti Smith thrown in there too.” The boy was clearly impressed, but not half as impressed as I was when she turned to me and said, “But you haven’t seen my new stuff yet. It’s all acoustic guitar.” Truthfully, guys, I didn’t need that much to convince me that I had to be at Brenda Carsey’s show Sunday night. This girl has twice blown my mind this year alone, at Feral Kizzy concerts and with her solo material. Now, it seems, she’s seeking a trifecta..."”
"For a musician to emerge out of the assembly line of singer/songwriters, they need to possess something more than talent. They need passion—a certain wonderful strangeness to stand out amongst the Adele imitators. And it’s safe to say that Long Beach native, Brenda Carsey, has enough passion, drive, and, well, weirdness to ensure that one day soon, we’ll all say, “Oh yeah, I knew her when.” This Tuesday at the equally unique and amazing Prospector, Carsey releases her new album, Lazy Daze. What's remarkable about the new record is that her songs are not necessarily original, but they have a unique blend of styles, mixing a syrupy sweet sound (Colbie Caillat) with a beautiful darkness (Regina Spektor and Feist) and a vocal range with a potential of virtuosity."
“Feral Kizzy put on the kind of show that astounds audiences and makes soundmen nervous...Guitarist Johnny Lim and bassist Hannah Smith-Keller cite grunge, while drummer Mike Meza listened primarily to classic rock in his youth. Brenda Carsey, on keyboards and vocals, listened to “all hip-hop, soul, funk;" Kirk claims 70s glam and punk, especially Patti Smith and as a result, the band has the energy and emotion of punk, but the melodic sense of pop music...Carsey started singing in choir at 5, and played clarinet in school band. She started plaplaying piano at 10. Her classical training at times adds a surprisingly delicate element to their sound..."”
"...as local singer Brenda Carseyset up her keyboard on stage. After all, she’d already proven her skill as one-fifth of the greatness that is Feral Kizzy, and I was ready to see the wallop she’d pack as a solo act. Carsey took the stage with bassist Andy Goettsch and drummer Neal Daniels, a sparse set up in comparison to what I’d seen from her before. But soon as Brenda opened her mouth to sing “Alone,” the room was drawn in by her vocal chops and enigmatic presence. The song was a jazzy lament to a single-girl’s life, something I’d expect from Fiona Apple, but upbeat and infectious; I’ve never had so much fun hearing the words “woe is me” and “I’m alone.” The room sat entranced as she sang...Each song was filled with melodic and vocal surprises that captured our attention...Brenda’s voice is, in a word, uninhibited. She plays with soulful low notes, a raspy, rock belt and playful, even childish high notes, sometimes all in the same song. She confidently
"Chances are likely that frequenters of the Long Beach live music scene have encounteredBrenda Carsey in some incarnation over the past couple years or so. Whether in the form of one of her solo excursions– the dance-infused Side Show, the blue-eyed soul ofeminent.ruth, miscellaneous singer/songwriter projects– as keyboardist of Feral Kizzy, or as utility player in Centuries, Carsey has become a restless local fixture. In actuality, “restless” might be the best descriptor for Carsey’s approach and attitude towards her music. In a relatively short window of time, she has performed at a rate that would tap your average musician into submission (for proof check out brendacarseyart.com, which documents her live appearances dating back to 2006). True to this determined pace, she shows no signs of slowing down; if anything, a more demanding path lies ahead..." Read the full story by clicking the provided link!!!
" 2012 GreenLB Festival Performer! Brenda Carsey is a Long Beach-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, & producer. She has a strong desire to express thoughts that most suppress & to bring a positive and sincere message to the world. Carsey’s solo project/band, she puts no limits on herself in regards to genre & what sounds she is capable of creating. Traces of alternative rock, soul, blues, trip hop, hip hop, & rhythm & blues, just to name a few, can be heard in Carsey’s music presented in two different live experiences: acoustic, featuring Carsey on guitar & piano playing solo or along with bass & drum; & Side Show, more of an electronic performance featuring originally produced beat compositions, piano, & voice. She also plays as keyboardist and backing vocals in two bands, Feral Kizzy and Centuries. Learn more at www.brendacarseyart.com"
"Incredibly EPIC & BREATHTAKINGLY AMAZING live music performances this past weekend @ a word of mouth, invite only house party that was nonetheless packed wall to wall w/ music lovers there to have a good time...she is truly an inspiration & will DEFINITELY go UP in history as one of the "greats" of this legendary time for music in Long Beach. A player of multiple instruments & a frontwoman for multiple blockbusting bands, this young innovator did a  minute set that featured masterfully arranged & composed multi-genre music & production that is entirely fresh & original! W/ a crowd made up of people from pretty much every scene in Long Beach, by the end, I McShizzle you NOT, homies- we were ALL crying out for an encore! From the "g"s, to the hipsters, to the punks, to the sk8ters, to the artists, to her fellow music kids. Ish was RE- MARK- A-BLE...no bull...no I am not a journalist (per se), & no Brenda didn't ask or pay me to write this- her performance was just THAT wonderful."
"KTG Femme Sport 2012 with Brenda CarseyBrenda Carsey is an Exceptional Singer/Song Writer as well as a Well Rounded Artist; she is always busy. Fortunately, Brenda was able to take a moment to spend some time to catch up with KTGfashion..."
"Recently i have been collaborating with an amazing talent and artist Brenda Carsey. Coming from a musical backround of all kinds, she can literally play anything on anything and make it sound like heaven to your ears."
"Coming to the Portfolio backroom stage, singer, composer, performer Brenda Carsey, Saturday, October 16th, 9-10 pm. Brenda Carsey, or eminent.ruth, is a breath of honest, fresh air. Her lyrics are poetic, often using metaphors, imagery, and exaggeration to express truth and opinion. The music is creative and thoughtful, consisting of fluid melodies, sometimes bizarre chord changes, and representing a multitude of genres. Her youth filled her ears with the sounds of soul, blues, and hip-hop, which was responsible for forming her unexpectedly soulful voice and melodies. Late high school and college years filled her ears with the enormous spectrum of rock, which was responsible for forming her structure, edge, and experimentation. Carsey’s main instruments are voice and piano, and she dabbles into acoustic guitar at least once at every show."