Karyn Ann is a geologist…a graduate level geologist. She knows rocks. But she is also a geologist of the heart. Her songs excavate its bright seams of gold and dark rivers of coal, its trials and tribulations, the exultations of love and loss. To quote Neil Young – she is a miner for a heart of gold. In her own words:
“I’m perpetually propelled towards songwriting, to explore and shed light on the duality of life every time my pen hits the paper. That feeling of the more I know the less I seem to know. Writing is my avenue of expression and articulation, how I work through unknowns, fear and loss. As a friend once said of me, ‘these are not songs for music’s sake, these are songs for journaling’.”
A dedicated student of Blues, Soul and Gospel, Karyn’s singing and songwriting follow a long line from piano roll Blues and Jazz of the 20’s and 30’s onward thru 60’s troubadours such as Bonnie Raitt to modern day artists like Adele, Sheryl Crow, Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Fiona Apple and Foy Vance.
Karyn grew up in upstate New York, a middle child, a Gemini amid two siblings. From a young age, she had a knack for melodies, and recalls “always wanting to sing, in the car, in my room, anywhere.” At age 6, she began piano, and over the years has added violin, guitar and ukulele amongst her musical friends. Her first and abiding love has always been voice but, the direction of her future musical path revealed itself when she chose to transition from singing choir tunes to writing and performing her own music.
May 30, 2017