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I came to "Pollyanna's Attic" with high expectations. But Carolyn Arends exceeded them. In a word, her album is powerful. In more words, it is stunningly, movingly powerful. - Kevan Breitinger - suite101.com


... Darker? Yes, but in all the right ways; and hope certainly gets the last word.
This grower is simple, spacious, spiritual and warm. Her distinctive acoustic guitar sound gets occasional support from violin, trumpet, keyboards and bouzouki.
Very few artist achieve this mix of breath-gentle voice, effortless melody and incisive lyrics. This CD rivals her excellent Seize the Day compilation, and should add songwriting awards to those she has already won.
- Derek Walker - Cambridge Evening News


Carolyn Arends presents us with a collection of songs written out of 'Holy Discontent', as she states in the sleevenotes. That doesn't mean that her music is glum or even angry. It's more of a groovy-grumble played out brilliantly on acoustic instruments. This project is brilliantly recorded and mixed resulting in a shimmering sound that is delightfully organic. 12 songs adorn this album and each one is excellent. The Canadian singer/songwriter is a keen musician, but has a great talent with lyrics which go together to make fantasticly crafted songs. The highlight of the first half is "What In The World", a tune with a great foot-tapping pace and a great use of Scripture to listen out for. The playing on this album is a real pleasure to listen to, particularly the drumming of Phil Robertson and Arends' own keyboard skills. There is an alternative country pull to a lot of this music, but it's never too much. The themes are very much about the emptiness of western living. "More Is Less" is one of the best commentaries on consumer society I've ever heard. In short, this is a hugely impressive album.
- Dave Griffiths - crossrhythms.co.uk


Carolyn Arends latest CD contains superb writing with a deep literary quality. Her lyrics are profoundly spiritual, the musicianship and production first-rate.

... For edgy vocals and world-class playing, this CD is a must. - shoulshine.ca


Discography

I CAN HEAR YOU -- 1995 (Reunion Records/BMG)
FEEL FREE -- 1997 (Reunion Records/BMG)
THIS MUCH I UNDERSTAND -- 1999 (Reunion Records/BMG)
SEIZE THE DAY AND OTHER STORIES -- (Reunion Records/BMG)
TRAVELERS -- 2001 (Signpost)
WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU -- 2002 (2B Records/Signpost)
UNDER THE GAZE -- 2004 (2B Records/Signpost)
CHRISTMAS: AN IRRATIONAL SEASON -- 2004 (2B Records/Signpost)
POLLYANNA'S ATTIC -- 2006 (2B Records/Signpost)

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"One of the most affecting communicators in any genre"
- Billboard Magazine

Carolyn Arends has released 9 albums and is the author of 2 critically-acclaimed books. 15 of Arends’ songs have become top 10 radio singles on the Canadian pop and US Christian charts. Arends has earned 2 Dove Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, and was recognized as the West Coast Music Awards’ Songwriter of the Year. Her newest project, Pollyanna's Attic, is already being heralded as her most honest and beautiful work.

Carolyn blogs regularly at:

Her Newsblog www.carolynarends.com/newsblog
Conversantlife.com
Songville (blog for songwriters) www.songville.blogspot.com

And she is the head lifeguard at FeedTheLake, an online store featuring music and books from Carolyn and like-minded artists.

For more complete press kits and booking info, please visit www.carolynarends.com