Karyn is a gifted singer/songwriter known for her spell binding ballads and dynamic pop/folk style.
"Magically pretty." Listen.com
In the mountains of Southern Utah against the back drop of "Big Love" where gun wielding survivalists dwell in the red rock desert and new prophets are found on the dusty back roads, singer songwriter Karyn Whittemore has emerged from the desert mountains with a different view. With influences from artists like Kate Bush, Liz Phair, Lou Reed and Sarah McLachlan, Karyn's songs are passionate and sometimes a little quirky with occasional spiritual to mystical overtones. Karyn contrasts her soothing picking style on the acoustic guitar by paying homage to her classical roots on the baby grand.
Karyn has been nominated for "best contemporary album and Song of the year " by Just Plain Folks as well as for "best new upcoming female artist" by New Artist Radio.
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"When Whittemore starts trilling her notes, cats will purr and birds will want to help her with household chores. Magically pretty folk." Listen.com
Many thanks - wonderful!! - it's releases like yours why I do all I do .. that keep me going! Lord Litter Lord Litter Radio Show
"She's Cedar City's own Jewel-with a little Sarah Mclachlan and Morrisette thrown in for good measure" Where It's @
"She seems to have an innate empathy for the human condition and a gift for poetically expressing it." The Independent - Kevin Jones
"Karyn's music is alive; a breathing beating creature that has sprung mightily from a deep well of human emotion." The Journal - Larry Baker
"A gifted songwriter and singer. If you haven't heard her sing, this is a must. This lady has a gorgeous, passionate voice. " The Spectrum - Ed Kociela
Sonic Tapestry, June 7, 2005
Karyn Whittemore's 2001 "Slippery Road" is an excellent singer-songwriter disc. Her piano-based melodies are beautiful and call to mind the classic female singer-songwriters such as Carole King & Laura Nyro as well as newer artists like Tori Amos and Suzanne Vega. "I Don't Own You" is a beautiful midtempo melody with Karyn's higher-pitched alto being quite expressive, "Can't take the answers from the grave, Can't know everything, Can't know how we are saved, Can't know it all 'cause I have no control at all." "Catatonic" is a great toe tapper with some tasty electric lead guitar by Tom Chandler. Her lyrics are at times extremely upbeat as on "Let the Healing Begin," "Once I feared that I was drowning, Once I thought the only way up was out, departure was so inviting, but now I've come to learn that there's more that life is about." "Shadenfreude" is apparently a German word about which Whittemore bases an intricate & moving song about embarrassment & revenge, "God forgive me right now, I know these thoughts I should learn to control, Strange the way that life can take you down while others smile from the sidelines." The set concludes with a stunning almost a cappella song with Karyn's melody & countermelody weaving an intricate sonic tapestry. There are no weak tracks on this excellent independent release that is sure to fly below the radar screens of many. See & you shall find! Enjoy! - Lee Armstrong - Amazon.com