With a sweet, pure voice and lyrics that live in your head, Karen Chisholm brings life to the stage -- the good and the bad -- full of the sound of being human. She has recorded with major label musicians and is an awarded songwriter with local and internet radio play. Chisholm has been through a lot in her young life, and the color of that experience is in every one of her songs. Raised by teenagers in Michigan, she found her own way in the world, landing in Texas as a young teen, putting herself through college and developing a career in music and graphic arts. She has survived the suicide of friends and battled thyroid cancer. It’s all there in her songs – not the details, but the sound and the feeling and the hard-earned wisdom.
In the 10 years since someone put a guitar in her hands, Chisholm has proven she has the writing and singing chops and a gift for making music people love. Proven by the sizeable international fan base, as well as her packed-house full-band performances in Austin, Texas and the surrounding cities. Her new Alternative Pop CD, “Random Year,” was released in late September of 2010. A prolific writer and go-getter, Chisholm has already laid out the next two CDs, and 4 music videos to be released before the end of 2011. One is an animated video project for the song "Rhapsody" with Troy Campbell of the Collection Agency that is expected to wrap up mid-November 2010.
Chisholm has played and collaborated with a legion of well-known artists during her seven years of stage and recording experience. Many have appeared on her CDs, including Ramy Antoun of the Blackeyed Peas, Seal, and Goldspot; AlphaRev’s/Hollywood Records Dave Wiley and Brian Batch; and solo-artist Tanya Winch. Chisholm has also worked with J.J. Placensio of Sixpence None the Richer and Plum; solo artist Elizabeth Wills, produced by Mark Hallman; Jacob Hildebrand of Deadman; Sergio Andrade formerly of Lifehouse; Frank Favacho of Second Day Red; Jon Napier and Colin McDonald.
William Wallace - Harmonica, mandolin, Electric Guitar, Backing Vox, Harpsichord
Jerry Ronquillo - Drums, Cajon
Scott Roberts - Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Brian Batch (Guest Artist) - Vocals, Violin, Viola
Scott Andrews (Guest Artist) - Violin, mandolin, Electric, slide
Singles: Living Dust (Produced by Dave Wiley), Snow Globe (Produced by Ramy Antoun). Full-length album "Random Year" Produced by Karen Chisholm, co-produced by Colin McDonald released in September 2010. Animated video and single "Rhapsody" produced by The Collection Agency to be released November 2010. Narrative video "Garage Sale Queen" produced by Karen Chisholm and Terry Melton to be released February 2011. Working title "Mary Jane" CD slated for release in April 2011.
Music dreams come true for local graphic artist
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“Her songs have melodies and pop sensibilities that stick around in my head,” Barber said. “People m...“Her songs have melodies and pop sensibilities that stick around in my head,” Barber said. “People mostly have to like you first and then your music. Karen was different. She has true star quality. People are drawn to her right away.”
Writing On The Air
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During a recent interview for KOOP Radio’s “Writing on the Air,” Chisholm garnered new fans in show ...During a recent interview for KOOP Radio’s “Writing on the Air,” Chisholm garnered new fans in show hosts Dillon McKinsey and Lee Davis. They like the way she takes the difficult things she has been through in life and uses them to connect to other people.
“It’s honest songwriting,” McKinsey said. “She writes into the pain, honors the pain. You can hear her processing through situations, and the hook lines seem to come to her. She has met the enemy, and she won.”
I Like You
Truth Out of Place
Ain’t Got Nobody
I Hope Winter Comes
I Just Wanna Make Some Music
Tattooed A Rose
Why Do I Keep Coming Here
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