Carrie Hryniw

Carrie Hryniw

 Edmonton, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkPop

Fluid layered arrangments, luring melodies, feathery lyrics of love, peace, grace and hope.

Biography

Carrie Hryniw was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and began her musical training as a classical pianist. She continued her studies in the Bachelor of Music Program at the University of Alberta.

Upon graduating, Carrie began to explore the world through songwriting and travel. While experiencing the people and places of Canada, Europe and India, she taught herself to play the guitar and began to write.

In September 2005, Carrie released her debut recording Pieces of Me, a collection of songs that originate in aloneness and carry feelings of hope, hardship, and beauty. The album opened many doors for Carrie as a performer. Since its release she has played several venues throughout Alberta and British Columbia, and was invited to play at South Country Fair in 2006 and North Country Fair in 2007. In April 2008, Carrie released her second full length album, Finding Grace, which is a collection of songs inspired by her attempts at love and poetry.

Her repertoire ranges from the delicate love song, to the silly little ditty, to the powerful and profound. Carrie's lovely voice and sensitive style draw the listener into the snapshot images she creates with her lyrics.

Carrie Hryniw currently lives in Edmonton where she continues to perform regularly and explore songwriting.

Carrie's musical style is influenced by many of her favourite performers and songwriters such as: Damien Rice, Justin Rutledge, Sarah Harmer, Martin Sexton, Leonard Cohen, Josh Ritter, Joni Mitchell, and Gillian Welch.

Lyrics

Sand Castle

Written By: Carrie Hryniw

So I’m a castle in the sand
Well you shaped me with your lovely hands
I know this is so cliche
But I know no other way to say
I’m drowning in my tears
I’m washing away

You roll in on a new wave
You roll on out just the same
Just remember that it was your hands
That threw it all away
And left me drowning in my tears
Washing away

How dare you ask how I’ve been?
I think I lost sight of everything
But I do recall seeing a red flag fall
From your hands when you walked away
Left me drowning in my tears
Washing away
Drowning in my tears
Washing away

Black Coffee

Written By: Carrie Hryniw

Back drinking black coffee
Thinking about taking up smoking
Staring at you wide-eyed wondering
Whether or not you are joking

Am I waiting for the punch-line
Or waiting for you to say you’re for real this time
Waiting for you to say you’ll stay
Or pack up your bags and go on your merry way

Why do I cry?
Oh this sadness is so selfish
Why don’t you try?
Oh does your madness leave you helpless?

I don’t have the time to wait for
You to change your mind once more
I’m saying good bye so long

I know I’d feel better if I went outside
With the breeze and the blue skies
Instead I sit with the radio
And listen to the ramblin’ of the world’s woes

They’re talking of another suicide bomber
And a boy drowns by the weight of numbers
A woman is killed by a fatal mistake
Oh Lord, for goodness sake

Why do I cry?
Oh this sadness is so selfish
Why don’t you try?
Oh does your madness leave you helpless?

I don’t have the time to wait for
You to change your mind once more
I’m saying good bye so long

Back drinking black coffee
Thinking about taking up smoking
You’re staring at me wide-eyed wondering
This time, baby, I’m not joking

Crystal Clear

Written By: Carrie Hryniw

Sometimes You're crystal clear
Sometimes You're smoke and mirrors
Sometimes we're looking so hard
We blink and You disappear

Dear God where did You go
Why'd You leave us here alone
Searching for some sort of sign
In books and metaphors

If Hallowed be Thy name
We should hang our heads in shame
Till Kingdom finally comes
And cleans this mess we've made

Sometimes Your voice is clear
Sometimes we abide with fear
Sometimes we're listening so hard
And we still don't hear

We've sent our sons to the streets
A prelude to blood and war
They're killing in Your name
Because life is sacred no more

We've sent our daughters to the streets
With the pimps and johns and whores
Bodies severed from broken souls
Because love is sacred no more

If Hallowed be Thy name
We should hang our heads in shame
Till Kingdom finally comes
And cleans this mess we've made

Now I sit quiet and still
And let go of power and will
I'll sit here until
I feel You near

Sometimes You're crystal clear
Sometimes You're smoke and mirrors
Sometimes we're looking so hard
We blink and You disappear

Finding Grace

Written By: Carrie Hryniw

I'm on this train and it's rocking me to sleep
I don't know where I'm going

I close my eyes and I see your face
Your heavy sorrow, your awkward grace

You move through ether in between worlds
Always coming and going like some lost angel

You said in order to stand, first I must fall
In order to win, first I must lose it all

Now here I am, I'm down on my knees
My hands are empty and bleeding

I close my eyes and I see your face
And I know now, I have found grace

Discography

"Pieces of Me" released in September 2005.

"Finding Grace" released in April 2008.
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Set List

Typically Carrie will perform two 45 - 50 minute sets made up of the following original songs:

Black Coffee**
Bright Star
Broken Bones**
Cold September Night*
Crashland*
Crystal Clear
End of the War
Finding Grace**
Flavour of the Day
For You
Front Porch Swing
Here I am**
It's Time
Just Pretend**
Long Hard Mile
Little War*
Losing Grace
Love Energy*
Needed You*
Need You Tonight**
Nothin'**
Nowhere to Run*
Peace and Beauty
Peace Waltz*
Perfect Love
Pieces of Me*
Pretty Things**
Princess
Sand Castle**
Taylor Jane*
Time for Forgetting
Undone*
Went Away**
White Flag Waving
Would He Stay?

*appear on Carrie's debut album "Pieces of Me."
**appear on Carrie's second full length album "Finding Grace."

Carrie also performs a few cover songs:

Goin' Out - Sarah Harm