Karyn Ellis is a gentle powerhouse of a songwriter. Playful, bittersweet and made with the finest ingredients of Folk, Country, Pop and even a trace of Jazz. Listen and be fortified.
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Karyn is an indie-folk / singer-songwriter from Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. Born in London, England, she was brought to Canada as an 18-month-old babe in arms. Besides a brief period in New Jersey during high school (where she played trumpet in the marching band), Karyn has lived in Ontario. A household steeped with jazz and classical music piping through the stereo, two years of opera training at Queen’s University and a lifetime of singing along to favourite records has shaped her musical sensibility in a way that is distinctly and memorably her. Already a CBC and Campus favourite, Karyn released her much anticipated third CD at the end of 2009 to critical praise, a ten-song album entitled Even Though The Sky Was Falling produced by Don Kerr (Peter Elkas, Ron Sexsmith) and Karyn Ellis.
Voted “Most Original New Voice”by Humber College songwriting faculty that included artists Danny Michel, Dahmnait Doyle and US songwriter, Jules Shear and shortlisted for the OCFF's Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award in 2009 and 2010, Karyn Ellis is bubbling on the Canadian scene and poised to break out. Her song "Motorcycle Ride" received an honourable mention in the 2010 IMA Songwriting Contest, and "Little Grey Sparrow" was one of five finalist songs shortlisted from hundreds to represent Ontario in the David Suzuki's Playlist for the Planet songwriting contest, sponsored by CBC radio 3 in September 2010.
Her newest release, Even Though The Sky Was Falling, is her third album – her second full-length one - came out the end of 2009. It features ten original songs rife with catchy melodies and smart lyrics that are at once deceptively whimsical and profoundly resonant. As Karyn describes it, her music “cracks open melancholy and infuses it with sweetness."
Karyn has toured across Canada several times. Her previous album Hearts Fall saw substantial CBC playlisting both nationally and regionally on programs such as The Vinyl Café, Bandwidth, Here and Now, and Radio International. Her roosty live off-the-floor album charted nationally on the campus Top-50 and the folk/roots/blues Top-20 charts and spent six months on various campus radio charts across Canada including five weeks on CIUT Toronto top-30 topping at #3 and reaching #18 on CKUA radio Network (Alberta).
She has appeared on playlists as a far as Australia and across Europe, with Hearts Fall receiving high praise in several of Europe's online music magazines as well as a Top-Ten DJ pick for album of the year from a prominent alt-country website 3voor12 webradio in the Netherlands. Here in Canada Karyn has shared stages with Jill Barber, Geoff Berner, Little Miss Higgins, Annabelle Chvostek of the Wailin' Jennies, Justin Rutledge, Andrew Vincent and Madison Violet, to name a few, and she has lent her voice to a number of recording projects including those by Treasa Levasseur, Rob Szabo and Evalyn Parry. Karyn has appeared at the New Waves Festival in conjunction with Luminato, Edmonton’s NextFest, Waynefest and The Peterborough Music Festival Main Stage.
Several of her songs have been placed in TV and films including Degrassi: The Next Generation (Epitome Pictures), “Robson Arms” (Omni Productions) aired on CTV, Bravo and the Comedy Network; UK filmmaker Gareth Griffith’s “Happy Fridays”, which appeared at Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in 2008; and Stand Alone’s “What is Indie” by filmmaker Dave Cool distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.