303 S.W. 12th Ave. / Portland, OR, 97205
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
21 and over
7pmFree21 and over
With a voice known to "beguile the most inattentive
bar-goer", Karyn Ann has gained notoriety as a skilled singer and
songwriter, drawing comparisons to 60s troubadours like Bonnie Raitt and Carole
King and modern artists like Adele and Brandi Carlile. She tours
nationally, and has appeared at the legendary Bitter End in NYC, and the
Women's Redrock Music Festival alongside Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls.
second studio album Be Loud is an eclectic cultivation
of the calm, brooding, and compassionate personas she introduced in her 2015
debut album Into the Depths, only this time around it's
bursting with color - from rock anthem waves to funky dance riffs to more
tender and delicate moments, Be Loud paints a world
arguing with itself and the observer caught in between.
As much as any girl can be born into her calling - fate being what fate is - Anna Gilbert was born into music. The Oregon native's earliest childhood memories are suffused with sound, melody, and the songs of James Taylor and Ricky Skaggs, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell - artists whose work she seems to have breathed through the gills" (Rick Levin, Eugene Weekly). Gilbert's father was a music major and teacher before becoming a minister, and both her parents were in a bluegrass band. Gilbert always wrote and performed songs on her own, but in college she teamed up with Grammy winning producer Charlie Peacock after a chance meeting in Seattle. Peacock discovered her music at a songwriter's conference, and immediately knew he wanted to work with her. The two made a record that would break new ground for her called "Your Love My Medicine". The album landed Gilbert right on the cover of Discmakers Magazine as their featured artist of the month.
Peacock describes Gilbert saying "she's the surprise you've been waiting for. Not only are her music skills in order, her personality is magnetic. She's the kind of artist I love to work with -- daring, teachable, funny, loving, and serious all at the same time." Anna embarked upon an Artist Development deal with Peacock through his production company and benefitted from a young artist mentoring program sponsored by the non-profit, Art House America in Nashville, TN.
Gilbert and her band and have been touring the West Coast for the past two years playing colleges, coffee shops, churches, and clubs. She plays guitar and piano. And although she was an English major at the University of Oregon, Gilbert considers herself primarily a songwriter. She has even written and sold two songs to WORD Publishing in Nashville, TN and continues to write songs with them. Gilbert describes herself saying, "I'm not an entertainer as much as I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and songwriter. I am a chronic social sponge when it comes to what's going on around me, but I always try to put the glories and disasters of the human experience into my songs in hopes that it will lift people's spirits and give them peace in life."
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