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Sarah Kenvyn

"Sarah Kenvyn writes affecting songs with a beautiful voice. Her album [...] is a mix of acoustic, folk-flavored pieces, with a touch of jazz, that features the song "This is the Sea."

A multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Ontario in Canada, Kenvyn grew up in a rural area where she studied saxophone, guitar and piano. She later took up the cello, flute and trumpet. Her music is reminiscent of other piano-pop chanteuses like Tori Amos or Regina Spektor." (NPR)

This is the Sea, released June 2010, is Sarah Kenvyn's debut studio album. As a multi-instrumentalist and do-it-yourselfer, Sarah wrote, performed, arranged, produced, engineered and mixed all the tracks in her little studio in Toronto while attending the University of Toronto. She had some help from the legendary Ferron who provided some backup vocals on the track By Committee, as well as from long-time producer and musician John Switzer who provided additional bass tracks on Why, Gutter Street, and Love Falls Apart, as well as being a consultant on the whole process.

In an interview with NPR:
"The song 'This is the Sea' is sort of a collection of feelings really," says Kenvyn. "It's partly about the process of writing — how big of a battle it is sometimes — and how lonely and isolating it can feel. It's also partly about how I have learned to use my voice — the fact that I have had a hard time being loud, projecting, taking up space, asking for what I need or want, especially when I was kid and teenager struggling with depression and feeling like I was a thousand miles away from everyone else. But also, at the same time, feeling this intense calling to be exactly where I was, in that far away place, and learn to feel my way around it. That that was the whole point."