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Karyn Ann / Press

“[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Into the Depths, the sophomore release by Portland singer-songwriter Karyn Ann, shows considerable growth from her confident but uneven debut, 2013's Accept Uncertainty. Karyn Ann accompanies herself on piano and guitar, bringing varied textures to her songwriting. 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. Opener "€œBest Intentions"€ enters with brightly strummed acoustic guitar and skillfully recorded vocals, and producer Mark Bowden adds tasteful electric guitar lines that match Karyn Ann's eloquent singing. Then, after a piano-vocal intro, the album'€™s title song bursts into expansive, full-band production with a warm Tapestry vibe - a lush soundscape she hasn'€™t explored before.”

“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.”

““Accept Uncertainty” is an obvious testimony to Ann’s gifts as a vocalist, but upon repeat listens also reveals her to be a skilled, emotive songwriter with an ear for good production. Join the club, check out “Accept Uncertainty”, and I promise you’ll soon find yourself singing along with the subtle backing vocals in “Heartful Soul” and dancing along to the summery groove of “I Ain’t” like you’ve been listening to these songs your whole life.”

“Karyn Ann Patridge has a voice that will beguile the most inattentive bar-goer. Her alto-soprano and expert guitar pickin' is showcased all over Portland's folk scene. Hear her sing "Let The Wind Carry Me." http://karynpatridgemusic.com ”

~Rachael Rice

“Spearheaded by creative force of nature Rachael Rice, the impressively monikered Vulva Underground collective has staged several multi-artist tribute shows in recent months, featuring songs by the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Simon and Garfunkel. Tonight, though, the VU pays tribute to itself, as its skilled and disparate members share their own songs. Performers include some familiar faces like Mel Kubik and Kris Deelane, some missing-in-action of late, such as Little Sue and Miriams Well, and some artists newer to Portland stages, like vocal powerhouse (and former Ukrainian pop star) Darka Dusty and elastic-voiced Karyn Ann.”

“Portland's Karyn Patridge possesses a lovely, rich alto-soprano voice that she employs in the service of folk, blues, pop, rock and jazz. Originally from Oswego, N.Y., Patridge has carried her guitar and voice to a variety of coffee shops and clubs throughout the Northwest and is allegedly shy, but certainly not bedeviled by stage fright. Singer-songwriters ply a difficult trade, often belting out powerful tunes over the chatter of indifferent audiences, but Patridge has a voice that can cut through the conversation and gets folks to listen.”

“Karyn's voice takes her shy personality and beats you over the head with it. Undeniably powerful, she can draw you in with a sweet, soft melody and then bowl you over with a thunderous roar.”