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More Than a Hero

by Karyn Ellis

Her songs are at once sad and hopeful; her voice delicate and dynamic. Described as a “gentle powerhouse of a songwriter” Karyn Ellis delivers thoughtful, crafted lyrics about every day wonders, beauty and hope.
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1. You'll Do Anything
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2. River
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3. Rust
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4. Cosmic Cowboy
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5. Pretty Little Soldier
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6. The Beach
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7. How the Tiger Lost Her Roar
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8. More Than a Hero
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9. You'll Do Anything (Acoustic)
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10. Poem
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11. Lullaby
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Album Notes
In the winter of 2011, Karyn packed her things into the back of a pickup truck and drove from Toronto, Canada across five provinces to the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains in British Columbia. She moved for love, and she moved for adventure. She moved eight hours north of Vancouver into a house in the woods where she wrote most of the new album sitting on the porch, her writing sessions punctuated by the constant burbling of the Cottonwood River running a few hundred feet away behind her place. Not surprisingly, More Than A Hero takes on a rootsier, more earthy tone than her previous records. Many of the songs touch on themes of moving and other great leaps of courage. There is underlying heartache in the songs, too (after two years, she and her BC love split up), and when it came time to record Karyn moved back home to Toronto where she rejoined with a stellar line up of musical friends to make the album.

The band features top Canadian players, Brian Kobayakawa (Serena Rider, Creaking Tree String Quartet), Gary Craig (Kathleen Edwards, Bruce Cockburn) and James Robertson (New Country Rehab, Run With Kittens); the arrangements are rounded out with performances by equally fabulous special guests such as Bryden Baird on horns, Jeff Heisholt on piano, Ali Berkok on accordion and Kerri Ough and Dave Bidini on back up vocals. Recorded under the astute ear of co-producer Don Kerr at his west end studio, More Than A Hero captures the rustic energy of this excellent ensemble delivering eleven solid contemporary Canadian songs.


Guelph Mercury calls her “a revelation”. Canada's national newspaper, Globe and Mail, says Karyn Ellis is a “must-see” songstress and has “a magical way with song.” Situated in the roots / singer-songwriter scene that is alive and well in Canada, UK born, Toronto - based artist Karyn Ellis is clearly defining her own name. She cites growing up in a household steeped in jazz and classical music; her years playing in the high school marching band; two years of opera training at Queen’s University -- tempered by a lifetime of singing along to pop records by her favourite artists as shaping her musical direction. Karyn takes these varied influences and melds them into a contemporary folk pop sound that is distinctly hers. Her songs are at once sad and hopeful; her voice delicate and dynamic. Described as a “gentle powerhouse of a songwriter” she delivers thoughtful, crafted lyrics about every day wonders, beauty and hope.

Twice nominated for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Ontario Arts Council), Karyn was voted “Most Original New Voice” by the SongStudio songwriting faculty that included artists Danny Michel, Dahmnait Doyle and US songwriter, Jules Shea. She was selected out of over 700 entries nationwide as one of five finalists representing Ontario in CBC Radio 3’s “David Suzuki’s Playlist For the Planet” Songwriting Contest. In 2012, Karyn was the first Canadian recipient of the Songwriter’s Association Of Canada (SAC)’s Social Media Blogging challenge for her insightful articles about being an independent artist in Canada.

Her albums have charted on Canadian campus radio: nationally in Exclaim!’s monthly Top-50 and regionally including CKUA’s Top-30. Her last album spent six weeks on CIUT Toronto’s top-30 (reaching #3) and topping at #1 on CJSW in Calgary’s weekly Top-10 Blues/Roots/Folk charts. CBC regularly playlists her music on programs such as the Vinyl Cafe and All Points West. Karyn has had songs placed in TV and films including “Degrassi: Next Generation” (Epitome Productions, 2011), “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; and Stand Alone’s “What is Indie” by filmmaker Dave Cool distributed by the National Film Board of Canada.


“Canadian singer-songwriter Karyn Ellis is an innovative and eclectic talent…[she] has the uncanny ability of hitting the jackpot quite regularly with her songs… her work is of another level.” ~ Maurice Hope, Americana-uk (UK)

“To put it plain and simple, Karyn Ellis is a pop singer-songwriter that others should aspire to be like….setting the bar for female pop singer-songwriters.” ~ Gray Owl Point (Canada)

“as if writing a brilliant song were child’s play… Karyn Ellis is a singer we simply must embrace in Europe.” ~ Martin Overheul, altcountryforum.nl (Netherlands)

“[Karyn Ellis is] sweet and ferocious all at once. [H]er album [is] a celebration of the mundane…the stuff we’re all too hard-bitten and realistic to talk about in front of our friends. The stuff the Romantic poets wrote about. I’m in for the long run with Ellis.” ~ Eric Malette, London Ontario (Canada)

“[Karyn's] tunes are unbelievably charming because they are organic and simple – but layered with elements of the sweetest pop conventions ever – conjuring up immediate reminders of what we love about musicians like Tanya Donelly, Hope Sandoval, CocoRosie and Martha Wainwright. Except Karyn Ellis does it her own, clever, beautiful, introspective and quirky way. The songs are both hilarious and lonely. Carefree and nostalgic.” ~ Dan MacDonald – Upfront Magazine (Canada)



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