Alain De Courtenay | The Pregnant Letter

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The Pregnant Letter

by Alain De Courtenay

A voice, guitar, and violin offer songs rooted in sparse, unaffected, yet altogether powerful poetry.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If You Love Me
Alain de Courtenay
4:20 album only
2. Hold, Soft, Still
Alain de Courtenay
4:28 album only
3. Freedom
Alain de Courtenay
4:26 album only
4. Emerald Road
Alain de Courtenay
3:59 album only
5. Godspeed
Alain de Courtenay
5:57 album only
6. The Shepherd's Song
Alain de Courtenay
5:24 album only
7. Be
Alain de Courtenay
5:08 album only
8. Sing to You
Alain de Courtenay
4:42 album only
9. Love, Anyway
Alain de Courtenay
4:24 album only
10. Make-Believe
Alain de Courtenay
3:44 album only


Album Notes
Alain de Courtenay writes songs rooted in sparse, unaffected, yet altogether powerful poetry. A 24 year-old Chicago native, Alain has exhausted nearly a decade developing this rare and distinctive writing style, consistently producing music that moves, evokes, and inspires. In 2005, Alain joined classically accomplished violinist, TJ Callanta, to help advance his work. Together, they have since cultivated a repertoire of poignant musical compositions that serve to deepen and enhance each song’s lyrical and emotional essences. TJ’s fluid, atmospheric playing provides both stark and delicate contrasts to Alain’s soulful vocals, while Alain’s contemplative writing further imbues life into TJ’s complementary melodies. One must be careful, then, when attempting to pigeonhole Alain’s music into a particular genre; despite the songs’ widespread melodic accessibility, there exist subtle and raw complexities throughout that transcend, and, at the same time, undermine traditional modes of musical thought.

Over the past 3 years, Alain and TJ have performed at many of Chicago’s reputable music venues including The Abbey Pub, Wise Fools Pub, Uncommon Ground, The Double Door, Subterranean, Silvie’s Lounge, Navy Pier, and The Elbo Room. They have also been fortunate enough to share the bill with well-established musicians such as Switchback, Katie Todd, and Stephanie Dosen. Most recently, Alain and TJ were asked to open for Indie music sensations DeVotchKa on their Midwest tour, where performances were held at The Vogue in Indianapolis, First Avenue in Minneapolis, and the legendary Vic Theatre back home in Chicago. Other notable venues Alain and TJ have played at include Aura Nightclub in Los Angeles, DePaul University, Indiana University, and Valparaiso University.



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This is an awesome CD.. Anyone who appreciates good music of any kind will appreciate the simple but very unique music on this CD.. This style of music never gets 'old' and is very much ejoyable to listen to.. Alain and TJ are extremely talented.. Simple, yet pleasant and unique, this CD is recommended to everyone; of any age, gender, race, and regardless of music preference.. Great CD

James Triggs

i am only 16 but have already devoted myself to this style of music. i never get bored of his outstanding voice and it inspires me so well.

just a massive thankyou to him from all the way in england. i wish he came here, i would pay anything to see him play. for now just will admire :)


A must have CD for anyone who can appreciate good music. You won't be disappointed =)


Original and Fantastic
Alain has not only shown his talent on YouTube and MySpace, but this debut CD is for sure magic! Anyone who hears any of these songs is sure to fall in love with the entire CD! An instant favorite, a and beautiful arrangement, Alain de Courtenay is one of the greatest up-and-coming artists who deserves more recognition for his hard work and dedication to his music! The Pregnant Letter is Fantastic!