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Canyon.

Westport, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2004 | SELF

Westport, Connecticut, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2004
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter

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Apr
26
Canyon. @ Sage Sound Studios

Shelton, Connecticut, United States

Shelton, Connecticut, United States

Apr
10
Canyon. @ Rory's Restaurant

Darien, Connecticut, United States

Darien, Connecticut, United States

Aug
20
Canyon. @ Tavern 489

Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Jul
31
Canyon. @ Emack and Bolios

Albany, New York, United States

Albany, New York, United States

Jul
15
Canyon. @ Community Room on King

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

Jun
14
Canyon. @ Tavern 489

Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Jun
04
Canyon. @ Connecticut Farm and Folk Festival

New York, United States

New York, United States

May
31
Canyon. @ Manhattan Pizza & Pub

Burlington, Vermont, United States

Burlington, Vermont, United States

May
30
Canyon. @ Cafe Nine

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

May
22
Canyon. @ Montauk Music Festival

Montauk, New York, United States

Montauk, New York, United States

May
21
Canyon. @ Montauk Music Festival

Montauk, New York, United States

Montauk, New York, United States

May
20
Canyon. @ Montauk Music Festival

Montauk, New York, United States

Montauk, New York, United States

Sep
25
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Music

Press


"LONESOME REVIEW: CANYON – HALF"

There are a handful of voices that you can always remember where you were the first time you heard them, especially in person. It was in the most unlikely of venues, complete with a door that kept swinging open to allow noise to drown out what we were all trying to listen to, when that husky, deep-spirited voice of singer/songwriter, Canyon came careening down the mountain of sound to permanently imprint itself upon that part of the brain which enjoys music the most. And after her long-awaited debut album was finally unleashed, after what has seemed like a hundred enjoyable listens, it remains that this voice and the songs that it sings are still leaving tiny spiritual imprints.

Anyone who has seen Canyon live has probably seen just that – a solitary woman in the stylish hat and her acoustic guitar telling stories and slinging advice to anyone smart enough to pay attention. But on her debut, Half, released at the tail end of 2014, Canyon fills her sound with an exceptional backing band, even adding accompaniments as varied as cello , vibraphone, and Wurlitzer. For songs that can be downright mesmerizing when played solo, it’s a refreshing experience to be able to hear them with maximum backing and not be put off by everything else going on. Where Canyon has succeeded is not just being a songwriter, albeit a damn good one, but also as a band leader.

Half is the type of album that even after a myriad of listens doesn’t lose a single ounce of excitement or energy. From the first sensual notes of album opener, “One Way Road” to the very last whispers of album closer, “Inch”, Canyon is a downright combustible blend of seductive mysticism and spiritual awareness. She weaves through each tune like someone with way more experiences than her relatively young age has let on, that sort of ‘old soul’ ethos that the best folk singers possess. She is a troubadour secure in her own skin and her own craft and she picks and croons her way through eleven tracks of elegant, pop-infused, indie folk.

Canyon has truly constructed the full package on this album – gorgeous poetry and tremendous songwriting, delivered with aplomb, and given a treatment of lush production. But make no mistake, whether delivered with the full package of bells and whistles or standing on stage to face the crowd alone, Canyon, her voice and her words and her ability to construct a truly memorable song are the flower-filled centerpiece at this dinner table. She’s a songwriter with a potent arsenal of music and the hope here is that we continue to hear more of it in the future. - Chip McCabe


"Canyon is MZ’s Indie Music Artist of the Month – December 2014"

Often people can’t really understand what something is until they are presented a comparison or a fusion of concepts. To help pique your interest and actually listen to the songs and voice of Canyon, I will promise you an intriguing raspy voice on clever understated tracks that sound like a mix of Nora Jones and Lykke Li with themes comparable to Jewel and Tracy Chapman. I wanted to get a better sense of the voice behind these airy, but powerful recordings. Here is the interview with the artist known as Canyon.

MusicZeitgeist.com: Please tell us a bit about the person behind the music
Canyon: I turned 30 in September and wouldn’t go back to living in my 20’s for anything. I consider myself a songwriter before being a singer or guitarist. My favorite color is blue (slate-blue to be exact). Personality tests say that I’m an extrovert but I would swear that I’m not. I have a dog, cat and husband and they are the joys of my life. I live in Westport, CT and am currently a NE regional artist playing in NY, CT, MA, RI but mostly PA.

MZ: What drives the music that you make?
Canyon: I’m inspired by the common experiences we all share as humans. From the tragedies to the victories and everything in between- that’s what I write about. I consider myself a storyteller of the human experience, since everything about life inspires me.

MZ: When did you begin performing?
Canyon: I wrote my first song in 2nd grade called “The Pineapple Express” (this was WAY before the movie) inspired by a tropical storm that hit my small hometown in Northern California at the time. I’ve been writing on and off since then but officially quit my job to do it full time two years ago.

MZ: What’s next for Canyon?
Canyon: I was just approached to start songwriting for other artists on a small label based out of NYC. I’m working on my first one now. Other than that, I’m keeping my eyes/ears and heart open to the universe trying to find people/situations that will work in harmony with my artistic vision. In the meantime, I continue to work on my craft, hone my skills and play as many shows as I can. I figure, if I build it- they will come. - Music Zeitgeist


"LONESOME REVIEW: CHIP’S TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2014"

Debut album from part time CT resident and an amazing singer/songwriter, this is the type of album you digest slowly over multiple listens. It’s not because it’s hard to digest, on the contrary, it’s so entirely filled with memorable moments that one listen simply will not suffice. Lush and emotional vocals combined with sensual lyrics and some mesmerizing compositions make this album one of the better ones released from the CT borders (at least partly) this year. - Chip McCabe


"Local acts head to New Jersey for Bamboozle, Hoodwinked fests"

Three Connecticut acts that competed in a recent battle of the bands have earned spots on the side stages this weekend at festivals in New Jersey.

Sleeping Lessons (above), a pop-punk quartet (with three high-school students) from Old Saybrook, performs Friday at the Hoodwink Festival in East Rutherford New Jersey.

That festival is a warm-up of sorts for the Bamboozle, which takes place Saturday and Sunday. Naugautuck power-pop quintet To Write a Riot plays Saturday, and Westport acoustic duo Canyon. plays Sunday.

They were the top three finishers in a field of 29 bands that slugged it out at the Wilton Teen Center in a competition sponsored by the Break Contest.


By Eric R. Danton - Hartford Courant


"For Swan Day, women and their art take center stage"

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"For Swan Day, women and their art take center stage"

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"Women Get Stage To Themselves at Arts Festival"

One of the largest arts festivals in the area is coming to the East Hartford Community Cultural Center on March 26.

SWAN (Supporting Women Artists Now) Day is celebrating its fourth year in Connecticut. This year will bring a new mix of musicans, crafters, painter, sculptors, dancers, and artists of other media.

Coordinator Jennifer Hill said the Cultural Center suits the festival rather well, and she hopes East Hartford becomes SWAN's permanent home.

The centerpiece of the festival is the main music stage. Performing artists are scheduled to include She Eats Planets, The Grimm Generation, Sarah LeMieux, SisterFunk, Canyon, Addie Brownlee, The And Band, Laura Ganci,Waking Elliot and Hill's own band, Jennifer Hill and Co. All of them, except for Canyon and Brownlee are from Connecticut.

"We have always taken the grassroot philosophy when it comes to life, especially music," said Denise Troy of Sister Funk. "We believe that a fortress is nothing without a strong foundation, so [we]encourge and empower. Being an all-female band we couldn't be more proud and thrilled to be participating in an event dedicated to the acknowledgement and support of women artists."

Part of that community-minded inclusion, locally-supplied refreshments will also be available.

East Hartford brewery Ten Penny Ale, concessions from the EHCCC, and caterer Pin-Up Girl Catering will each have food and/or beverage stations at the event.

The event runs from 6 -11:30 p.m. on March 26 at 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford. Admission is $12.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/swandayct or www.womenarts.org. - ReminderNews


Discography

HALF - 2014

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Bio

Currently hailing from Westport, Connecticut, Canyon. has been making a name for herself as a vocal powerhouse and wordsmith. Known by those that have seen her perform to be a captivating singer/songwriter with haunting and heart-wrenchingly honest lyrics, her intense passion will cut deep enough to hit a nerve. Performing with an acoustic guitar, her catchy vocal melodies will immediately grab your attention while the intimate stories she tells will keep your ears guessing.

Winner of the 2015 CT Music Awards; Song of the Year for her song "Slow," Canyon. has been touring throughout the Northeast making lasting impressions and connections wherever she goes. After 17 years and several failed projects, her full-length album 'Half' stands as a testament to her struggle and enduring persistence to prove herself as a songwriter. 

“Half is the type of album that even after a myriad of listens doesn’t lose a single ounce of excitement or energy. From the first sensual notes of album opener, "One Way Road" to the very last whispers of album closer, “Inch", Canyon. is a downright combustible blend of seductive mysticism and spiritual awareness. She weaves through each tune like someone with way more experiences than her relatively young age has let on, that sort of ‘old soul’ ethos that the best folk singers possess. She is a troubadour secure in her own skin and her own craft and she picks and croons her way through eleven tracks of elegant, pop-infused, indie folk.

Canyon. has truly constructed the full package on this album – gorgeous poetry and tremendous songwriting, delivered with aplomb, and given a treatment of lush production. But make no mistake, whether delivered with the full package of bells and whistles or standing on stage to face the crowd alone, Canyon., her voice and her words and her ability to construct a truly memorable song are the flower-filled centerpiece at this dinner table. She’s a songwriter with a potent arsenal of music and the hope here is that we continue to hear more of it in the future.” - Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

Raised by her single mother in Northern California, Canyon.'s earliest musical influences can be traced back to the cassettes her mother would play on repeat during long road trips. "I get my independent and adventurous spirit from my mom. Whenever we would hit the road together she used to make a bed for me in the back of the car. I remember just laying for hours watching the sky change out the back window daydreaming to Cat Stevens and Tracy Chapman the most... but there was Neil Young, Sarah McLaughlin and the Indigo Girls as well..."

On September 25, 2002, Canyon. celebrated her 18th birthday by borrowing her mother's acoustic guitar, boarding a plane and officially moving to New York City. It marked the beginning of her journey into music. Several years and several guitars later, her voice has developed into one of strength, wisdom and maturity with songs inspired by the life experiences of a young adult in a big city.

Canyon.'s emergence onto the music scene began with The Break Contest 2010 when she, along with friend and former partner Andrew Maturana, were the only acoustic act to be selected to perform at The Bamboozle Festival 2010, which boasted an estimated attendance of 20,000. Since January 2011, Canyon. has been performing in festivals and venues throughout the Northeast living by her model, "I will play anywhere and everywhere that will let me..."

With her folk roots as undeniable and organic as her namesake- which comes from lyrics in the song "Thrasher" by Neil Young. Canyon. is poised to make her mark on the Folk genre by re-defining what modern Folk means and finally letting her voice be heard.

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