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"A Portland songbird kills ’em with shyness"

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Breanna Paletta is as humble as they come. Especially for a woman who began her career as a teenage lyricist for some of the city’s most well-respected artists, opened for the Cowboy Junkies and performed her perfect pop tunes at festivals alongside the likes of Tori Amos. Unlike other young, emerging artists, she’s none too concerned with the daunting task of making it big. “My favorite place to play,” says the raven-haired 25-year-old singer-songwriter, “is in Torrey, Utah—this tiny town that no one’s ever heard of. It’s in the high desert, absolutely beautiful…and everyone there, well, they’re just so nice.”

Paletta was raised on “all the good stuff” by musical parents in Portland whose record collection would put any hipster record store’s “folk” section to shame. This artistic atmosphere paved a path for a future song strummer, yet Paletta says childhood shyness (and the accompanying nausea and terror associated with performing in front of people) dissuaded her from ever really considering music as a career choice. But as a high-school student obsessed with listening to Sarah McLachlan’s soprano yodels and spending hours in her bedroom plucking out Beatles tunes on her guitar, a musical door opened. Paletta became involved in a school program called “Deep Roots,” which pairs young lyricists with Portland musicians who put the growing writers’ words to songs. She loved it, and would return several years after she graduated to collaborate with new students—this time as a well-known artist. Although Paletta has now mastered public performance, her phobia is still evident in conversation. The loudest thing about this songbird is her hot blue, ’80s-style plastic earrings. Hiding behind low-swept, razor-edged bangs, playing with a bit of napkin on the table, Paletta seems a little embarrassed to be talking about herself in public. Maybe it’s that lingering shyness that allows her to deliver tender, wistful music with such effortless subtlety. She’s not trying to knock you over with the force of her high E, she’s not manipulating her vocal chords to mimic others. Her voice rings clear and true, and Paletta shines: She sings the kind of songs that seem to have come to you like the very summer air. They gently woo you and they’re, well, just so nice.

Written by Annie Bethancourt

- Willamette Week


"CD Baby Review"

author: Tamara Turner, CD Baby

With poignant, piercing honesty and bittersweet reflection, Paletta’s lyrics speak to the joys and pain of every day life that can’t be captured in every day expression. Abundant and pressing at the seams with vivid metaphor and insightful wisdom, her lyrics are matched in substance, personality and quality by her songwriting, simultaneously raw, without embellishment and novelty while still reaching impressive depth and profundity; it calls to mind something like a new sapling reaching down into the earth for nourishment, yet sprouting upward for light and symbolizing both hope and vulnerability. With touches of alt country, her folk-pop-meets-alt-country sound also sports just a hint of bluegrass, (not surprising for a Nickel Creek fan). Paletta has also been compared to Aimee Mann, Mindy Smith and Kathleen Edwards both in her solo work and in her history as RyeHollow’s lead vocalist. Having already stirred up quite a fan base in that context, and having shared the stage with such artists as Stephanie Schneiderman, Tony Furtado, the Cowboy Junkies and Tori Amos, Paletta is one to keep your eyes and ears on; that will happen naturally with her inviting and humble magnetism. - cdbaby.com


"Unfair Advantage Newsletter: CD BABY EMPLOYEES: ARTISTS OURSELVES "

Granted, you can listen to every album on cdbaby.com before making a purchase. But if you do need to take us up on our refundable return policy, you'll more than likely be dealing with Breanna Paletta, CD Baby's maven of mail-backs. However, there is one record that has probably never crossed her desk... her own! Whether fronting Portland's favorite soft-voiced folk-pop band Rye Hollow (who have shared the stage with the likes of Cowboy Junkies and Tori Amos) or as a solo Americana tunesmith, Breanna is able to convey a deeper sense of wonder and wisdom in her songs than most artists in the "singer-with-acoustic-guitar" category. Each of her miniature emotional studies are capable of warming or breaking your heart depending on which way she twists the pen. The pureness and clarity of Breanna's beautiful voice can communicate sadness without cynicism, sweetness without the syrup, and honesty without that awkward diary-entry aftertaste. Take "We Endeavor" for a spin now! If you don't love it you can always send it back. But I know that you won't need to. - cdbaby.com


Discography

Breanna Paletta: We Endeavor

(Album #2 in the works!)

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Alt-folk artist Breanna Paletta says that music equals life. It is all consuming.
She likes to tell stories. She likes to paint pictures with words.
She lives in Portland, OR and doesn't mind the rain...most of the time.

The daughter of a blues musician and a stay at home mom with good taste (a la The Beatles, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac) Breanna's formative years were a flurry of melodies and the smells of old vinyl. Throw in an almost painfully shy childhood, a love for words and their meanings, a longing for truth and beauty, a dash of wonder and a generous helping of heart-break and you've got one hell of recipe for authentic, emotive songs.

Through a series of coincidences or fated events Breanna became the voice of Portland band Rye Hollow and shared the stage with Tony Furtado, the Cowboy Junkies and Tori Amos.

Now with her own band of close friends and quirky instrumentation she's on a crusade of sorts: To say something worth saying. To make you feel.

She let’s you see who she is and gives you a glimpse inside yourself.

"With poignant, piercing honesty and bittersweet reflection, Paletta’s lyrics speak to the joys and pain of every day life that can’t be captured in every day expression. Abundant and pressing at the seams with vivid metaphor and insightful wisdom."

-Tamara Turner, Editor CD Baby

"Breanna's melodies are engaging and pure and her songs cut right to the core. She's a beautiful singer-songwriter"

-Stephanie Schneiderman, Artist