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by Celeste Krenz

Adult Contemporary acoustic music with sparse acoustic production.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. Cracked and Broken
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2. There You Are
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3. Sweetest Lost Soul
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4. American Tune
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5. If I Don't Leave Now
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6. Wild For You Baby
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7. I Wave Bye Bye
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8. The Bridge Across
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9. All I See Is You
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10. If I Were Free
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11. Dorothy's Song
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Album Notes

“I love the simplicity of just voice and an acoustic guitar,” states Celeste Krenz as she describes the impetus behind her ninth album which is appropriately-titled Acoustic. “It’s authentic, warm, natural, real and intimate. The listener doesn’t have to strain to hear the lyrics. After mostly playing with a band for five years, I’ve been performing a lot of solo or duo acoustic shows recently, and afterwards people in the audience always ask me if I have any recordings like that. So I decided to go with a sparse, acoustic sound on this CD.”

For more information on Celeste Krenz-- an acclaimed performer on the folk, alternative-country and Americana music scene for the past decade-and-a-half –- or to purchase her CDs, go online to www.celestekrenz.com, www.amazon.com or www.cdbaby.com.

For her Acoustic album, Celeste chose 11 songs she has been singing in concert regularly for the past year. Included are two originals, tunes by singer-songwriters she often performs with (Sally Barris, Diana Jones and Leslie Riley), a pair of compositions by Jesse Winchester (one of Celeste’s favorite songwriters), Paul Simon’s “American Tune” (“just as appropriate now for our country as when it was written”) and a song she first heard at age ten on a Bonnie Raitt album (“Wild For You Baby”).

The Acoustic CD simply features Celeste’s pure, crystalline vocals melding with the sound of one or two acoustic guitars played by Celeste, her husband and co-producer Bob Tyler (Hugh Moffatt, Tim O’Brien, John Magnie), or songwriters Barris and Riley. The CD was recorded live-in-the-studio without overdubs (except when Celeste harmonizes with herself on “Wild For You Baby”). What appears on the recording is the first or second take. “We went for feeling rather than perfection, just like a concert,” Celeste explains.

Krenz’s music reflects her personal history -- growing up on a ranch in the Midwest listening to cowboy songs, being influenced at an early age by Dolly Parton and Cat Stevens, and in the early Nineties getting inspired by Shawn Colvin to stand in front of audiences with just an acoustic guitar and perform heartfelt music.

Celeste has sung on-stage with Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies, Bruce Cockburn, David Ameron (sp?) and Stephen Allen Davis. She has performed and written with Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize, Steve Earle, Maura O’Connell), Mollie O’Brien (Mother Folkers, Robin & Linda Williams, Chris Daniels), Subdudes keyboardist John Magnie (Joni Mitchell, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin), Subdudes drummer Steve Amedee (John Doe, Shawn Colvin, Rusty Kershaw), and Jon Vezner (songwriter for Kathy Mattea, Faith Hill, Nanci Griffith). Celeste also has played with drummer Steve Ivey (Crystal Gayle, Nelson Rangell, Mollie O’Brien) and keyboardist Tom ? (Prince), and has sung on CDs by Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield, Poco), Tim O’Brien, John Magnie, Kate MacKenzie, Richard Dean and other folk acts.

In addition to her solo career, Celeste is a member of two groups. Based in Nashville is The Secret All-Night Celtic Girlie Club with Sally Barris (who sang with and wrote for Kathy Mattea and Lee Ann Womack) and Diana Jones (sang on several albums with the Gospel Music Workshop of America). Celeste also has done more than 40 shows with the Colorado-based Women in the Round that also includes Liz Barnez (Steve Amedee, Vinnie Colaiuta) and Rebecca Folsom (Jon Chandler, Doug Whaley).

The first musical memory for Celeste -- who was born in Williston, North Dakota, and raised on a ranch in the northwest part of the state – is hearing her father and grandmother singing hymns. “As I grew up, my dad always had the radio on in the barn and we listened to a lot of old cowboy music like Kitty Wells, Bob Wills, Sons of the Pioneers, Hank Snow and Eddy Arnold.” Celeste’s childhood was full of doing ranch chores, riding horses, vaccinating cattle, clearing the fields of rocks and fixing fences. “There was only one TV station to watch. The Lawrence Welk show was a staple back then. Here I was, just a little country girl, enamored with the youngest one of the Lennon Sisters. She was so glamorous in her red velvet dresses singing with a big orchestra. Even back then I knew that I wanted to sing and make music." Celeste began playing guitar when she was six by studying a chord book. The first songs she sang were “One Tin Soldier,” Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Cat Stevens’ “Morning Has Broken.” Celeste’s first big gig was at age eight (she played guitar and sang at a wedding).

Soon Celeste was listening to Emmylou Harris, Pure Prairie League, Elton John, Simon & Garfunkel, Minnie Riperton and Bonnie Raitt. A friend of Celeste’s parents owned a bar, the Westside Lounge in Stanley, North Dakota, and he invited Celeste to play. While still in grade school, she put together a band and they packed the place once a month. When she was 15 Celeste began writing songs. Each year in high school she composed all the songs for an original stage musical. At 17 she learned to play electric guitar.

Krenz attended the University of North Dakota for two years, but took a break to tour the country for three years with an all-girl pop-and-folk group called High Heels. “We were on the road for long periods and I learned a lot about performance.” She moved to Minneapolis and got a weekly gig at the Calhoun Beach Club singing standards. "It was really stretching for me back then to sing songs that had been recorded by Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, and Eartha Kitt. Krenz eventually returned to UND and got her Bachelor’s Degree in marketing.

Celeste moved to Denver, became more serious about composing, and began recording. "I saw Shawn Colvin in concert and it was just so refreshing to see a woman playing solo with just an acoustic guitar. Back then funk and punk were the hot thing, especially in the Twin Cities where I had been playing. I had always written in the country-folk genre and so to discover that Shawn had built a whole career around this beautiful introspective music, minus the outrageous bells and whistles, was very exciting to me." Celeste met producer Bob Tyler and began recording her first album. She wrote most of the material on, Edge of the Storm, including the title track with Tim O’Brien, who played on it and included the tune on his next record too. Other musicians on Celeste’s debut included Subdudes guitarist Tommy Malone (Joni Mitchell, Rosanne Cash), bass player Mike Chapman (Garth Brooks, Crystal Gayle) and drummer Milton Sledge (Trisha Yearwood, Marty Stuart, Garth Brooks).

Krenz’s second album, Slow Burning Love, went Top 11 on the national GAVIN Americana radio airplay chart alongside albums at that time by Alison Krause and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Celeste performed frequently with Tim and Mollie O’Brien and drummer Steve Ivey. Krenz’s third CD was Hello Country, an entire album of oldtime classic country tunes that she remembered from her childhood. She turned to a classic folk sound on her Wishing album (mostly original material) and performed regularly for two years with John Magnie of The Subdudes, a popular roots rock band with a large following in New Orleans and Denver.

Celeste signed a record deal with a hot folk and Celtic label, Blix Street, which was known for widely-marketing Irish vocalist Mary Black and Eva Cassidy. Featuring a bigger production and more percussion than previously, the album Celeste hit the national World Beat radio charts and brought her new fans. Krenz also taught vocal classes at Denver’s famed Swallow Hill Music Association for several years which led to her creating Singing Emotionally, a vocal coaching CD and booklet. After 11 years in Denver, Celeste moved to Nashville in 2002. She summarized her first decade of recording with Best of Collection – then ‘til now. Celeste released her most personal album, Beautiful Soup, in 2005. “It was different than my other albums because I played all the guitar on it. Most of the songs were new ones I wrote after having a baby, an experience that immediately gives you a different perspective on life.”

Celeste says, “I really enjoyed the stripped-down approach of the Acoustic album. These are songs that as soon as I heard them or wrote them, I knew I wanted to sing them for people. They are mostly love songs of one sort or another, and they ring true to me as an artist. There is nothing contrived or artificial about this music. It’s just voices and acoustic guitars telling life’s stories in a plain, but poetic way. Sometimes in this hectic, frenetic, tense world, it’s simplicity that cuts through and is heard.”

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StarPony Productions

Wow, what a voice, why aren't we hearing more from this artist?
Great voice. Sounds to me like Celeste should be in the big time. This record just sounds like a great demo.

Scarlet O'Reety

One whisper of her voice and the toughest heart is toast!
The warm glow of a fire, a bottle of deep red wine,
the sound of Celeste's tender voice and
I guarantee that seduction will be piece of cake!
One whisper of her voice and the toughest heart is toast!