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Neo-Acoustic Soul Troubadour - traveling the pathways of the heart.
Karyn Ann is a geologist…a graduate level geologist. She knows rocks. But she is also a geologist of the heart. Her songs excavate its bright seams of gold and dark rivers of coal, its trials and tribulations, the exultations of love and loss. To quote Neil Young – she is a miner for a heart of gold. In her own words:
“I am most connected to songwriting that touches upon subject matter that describes an unknown or a fear that I can’t quite grasp, or don't know how or want to confront. These are the songs that make sense of my emotions….as a friend once said to me, ‘these are not songs for music’s sake, these are songs for journaling’…’cause what words are worth thinking, when they are left in your head?’”
A dedicated student of Blues, Soul and Gospel, Karyn’s singing and songwriting follow a long line from the piano roll Blues and Jazz of the 20’s and 30’s onward thru 60’s troubadours such as Bonnie Raitt to modern day artists like Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlisle, Fiona Apple and Foy Vance.
Having released her first CD, Accept Uncertainty in 2013, Karyn is an up and comer in the expansive Portland music scene with performances at a range of venues including The Alberta Rose Theatre, Mississippi Studios, The Secret Society Ballroom as well as McMenamin’s Al’s Den and White Eagle venues to name just a few. She is a regular at open mics around town, always ready to join a song circle or test a new tune in front of a live audience.
She has shared stages and sets with many Portland luminaries including Ural Thomas, Pete Krebs, RedRay Frazier, Kris Deelane, Kory Quinn, Sam Densmore, Joe McMurrian, Lewi Longmire, Rachel Taylor Brown and Redwood Son.
The last few years have found Karyn playing an increasing number and variety of shows in and around the city and the greater Northwest region. Be it major theatre shows, popular club venues or intimate singer-songwriter events, Karyn’s voice and songs can be found quieting the nosiest of audiences, stopping the room and pulling them in with words that cut to the heart of the matter. Honest, direct and sincere.
2015 brings a new website: karynann.com, a new CD release and a focus on national touring. Stay tuned…