Karyn Ellis | Even Though The Sky Was Falling

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Even Though The Sky Was Falling

by Karyn Ellis

Karyn Ellis"can envelop you in the warmth of that voice and break your heart at the same time." (Indie-Music.com).
Genre: Folk: Free-folk
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1. Be My Girl
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2. Not Looking For Love
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3. Bitter Grasses
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4. Low
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5. Even Though the Sky Was Falling (One Beautiful Day)
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6. Little Grey Sparrow
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7. Beauty
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8. Ten Stories
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9. Shooting Star
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10. Motorcycle Ride
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"a magical way with song... Leonard Cohen has no copyright on the word hallelujah." Globe and Mail / Brad Wheeler

"4,5 ***** - In 2005 we found her CD “Hearts Fall” to be a real beauty, and this new one is even better! In this reviewer's opinion, this young woman from Toronto has everything at hand to attract a wide audience within a really short time....Flawless songs, an entirely fantastic voice, musicians that put themselves completely at service of the songs, and on top of that, with Don Kerr a great producer on board – we cannot think of what else one could wish for. A fantastic disc!" CtrlAltCountry.be / Benny Metten

"Ellis opens with the captivating ‘Be My Girl’, a song so meaty that it sets the bar high for the rest of the album. It is followed by the elegant ballad ‘Not Looking For Love’, which it turns out is equally strong - if not more so - characterized by Ellis’ writing and singing abilities. Beautiful instrumentation, ingenious melody and gorgeous lyrics....And so it goes on, as if writing a brilliant song were child’s play, with the title track ‘Even Though The Sky Was Falling’, ‘Ten Stories’ and ‘Motorcycle Ride’ as undisputed highlights. But it is challenging to identify a single standout on an album that is so remarkably clear and consistent." AltCountryForum.nl / Martin Overheul

"The sky might be falling, but Karyn’s ten celestial tunes on “Even Though The Sky Was Falling”, her second full-length release, are sure to send this songstress’s star on a rapid rise." !earshot Magazine, National Campus and Community Radio Report / Allison Brown

"Brilliant. Karyn Ellis’s Even Though the Sky Was Falling grabbed my heartstrings immediately and hasn’t let go."
~ Rozalind MacPhail, NeNW.ca


Hers are the sorts of songs that you find drifting through your head upon waking, or
humming in the middle of the day at work, or haunting you just before bed when the
lights are low.

Karyn’s sound is immediately recognizable – her musicality is reminiscent of Beth Orton,
Sam Phillips and Regina Spektor and other charismatic female singer-songwriters. There
are other influences that have shaped her music in a way you can’t quite put your finger
on: She grew up in a household steeped in jazz and classical music and was a trumpeter
in her high school marching band. She trained for two years in opera at Queen’s
University, not to mention spent her youth singing along to records by favourite artists
such as Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie and more recently Feist and
Hawksley Workman. Karyn has taken all of these influences and melded them into a
sound that is distinctly and memorably hers.

Voted “Most Original New Voice” by the Humber College songwriting faculty that
included artists Danny Michel, Dahmnait Doyle and US songwriter, Jules Shear, Karyn
Ellis is bubbling on the Canadian scene and poised to break out. She has toured across
Canada several times with her last album Hearts Fall, which saw substantial CBC
playlisting both nationally and regionally on programs such as The Vinyl Café,
Bandwidth, Here and Now, and Radio International.

Hearts Fall spent six months on campus radio charts across Canada including hitting #3
on CIUT Toronto Top-30 and reaching both national monthly campus Top-50 and
folk/roots/blues Top-20 charts. Karyn’s music 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
she’s shared stages with Jill Barber, Geoff Berner, Little Miss Higgins, Annabelle
Chvostek of the Wailin' Jennies, Ndidi Onukwulu, Justin Rutledge and Madison Violet,
to name a few, and has lent her voice to a number projects including those by Treasa
Levasseur, Rob Szabo, Evalyn Parry and Kerri Ough (The Good Lovelies).

Karyn Ellis has a way of cracking opening melancholy and infusing it with sweetness.
Her third album, (her second full-length record) Even Though The Sky Was Falling
features ten new songs rife with catchy melodies and smart lyrics that are at
once deceptively whimsical and profoundly resonant.

Inventive arrangements offer an assortment of delights for the ear including piano, vocal
harmonies, finger snaps, hand claps, banjo, glockenspiel, a trio of strings as well as
orchestral horns arranged by Creaking Tree String Quartet’s Brian Kobayakawa. Still the
album manages to stay cohesive under the creative watch of award-winning producer
Don Kerr, known for his work with top acoustic pop artists including Ron Sexsmith,
Peter Elkas and the Rheostatics.

Over a dozen and a half top Canadian musicians appear on the record: Gary Craig
(Kathleen Edwards), Chris Banks (Sarah Slean), Shaun Brodie (The Hidden Cameras),
James Robertson (Run With The Kittens), Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber), Caroline Brooks
(The Good Lovelies), among others. There’s even an eleven-voice choir on two songs,
including the track, “Beauty”, which was written while Karyn’s friend was battling a
terminal illness. That song also features a chorus of toddlers singing doo-doos along with
a raggle-tag parade band. Her songs are at times melancholic, upbeat, funny, poignant,
joyous, playful and nostalgic, and reveal a new level of maturity in Karyn’s songwriting.
This album has galvanized not only the Toronto music community’s interest in Karyn,
but also fan support for this determined indie artist. She raised over five thousand dollars
in the first few weeks of her “Fundraisin’ the Roof” campaign for the record. To do this,
she invited people to “sponsor” the record in increments of fifty dollars and / or pre-order
the CD to help cover costs of tracking the record. Over six months before its scheduled
release, people from across North America and as far away as Germany responded to the
request, expressing keen desire to make sure the record gets made.

Historically, fans of roots music and folk singer-songwriters have embraced Karyn’s
music, and this new album will continue to please those listeners. It also has potential to
cross over to the wider market of Adult Alternative / Triple – A and acoustic pop. Packed
with strong, memorable songs such as “Beauty”, “Not Looking For Love” and the title-
containing track, “One Beautiful Day”, Even Though The Sky Was Falling will appeal to
old and new fans alike. Expect big things from this album, and from this emerging artist
Karyn Ellis as the new record hits this fall 2009.



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