Celeste Krenz

Celeste Krenz

BandFolkAmericana

“The purest folk voice I’ve heard in years, and that little catch in her throat gives it just a touch of hillbilly soul. I was so enchanted that I practically held my breath.” Robert K.Oermann-Music Row Magazine

Biography

Celeste Krenz - Bio 2005

Celeste Krenz was born and raised in North Dakota. She started writing songs at age 15 and continued writing through college (with time off traveling around the country as a full time musician). After returning and earning a marketing degree from the University of North Dakota, Celeste moved to Denver in 1990 where, before long, she developed a loyal following in a community that appreciated the honesty and warmth of her songs and voice. Not a newcomer to the music scene, she released four independent albums between 1993 and 1998, with "Slow Burning Flame" produced by Tim O’Brien and Bob Tyler, reaching #11 on music trade magazine GAVIN's Americana radio airplay chart. Blix Street Records, a specialty label that has built its reputation distributing some of the finest Celtic, folk and world music on the market, signed Celeste in 1999. They recognized her appeal to the same audience that had reacted strongly to other Blix Street artists, including Irish vocalist Mary Black, Scotland's Dougie MacLean and the late Eva Cassidy. Using some of the songs from the last independent project, Wishin’ as the nucleus, Celeste went back into the studio to record what has become the CELESTE album.

Now settled in her Nashville home, Krenz continues to grow as a performer and writer. Celeste’s voice, described as, “ a pure, sweet voice, as smooth as the great American plains” has been embraced by audiences across the country. Robert K. Oermann of Music Row Magazine writes “The purest folk voice I’ve heard in years, and that little catch in her throat gives it just a touch of hillbilly soul. I was so enchanted that I practically held my breath.”

Celeste’s newest release, Acoustic, is a collection of songs that gracefully captures the essence of her voice. Sparse accompianment and great song choices make this album a jewel.

Her previous release Beautiful soup is less produced than Krenz's other recordings, there is no mistaking the intimate songs and vocals that touch the spirit. Like the song “Enough”, in which Krenz explores our role in the chaos of the world’s tragic violence and war. The weight of raising a child in today’s world has definitely had an influence on Celeste’s writing and perspective. Beautiful Soup is a collection of songs that have a special appeal for women and our place in shaping the world around us.
How difficult is it to write songs about such closely-held emotions? "In a strange way, I think they're the easiest ones to write, you can hardly keep them in, on the other hand, they're the hardest ones to perform. I feel like I’m telling my story for the first time, every time...it’s very emotional. What I've realized is that although the songs are very personal, they have a universal message. Life is constantly changing, we all lose people we love and we are all looking for ways to keep love alive and find peace in the world. I think the trick is to squeeze every drop of joy from the time we have together. Try to do the right thing...life is short…make it count."

For more detailed discography information go to www.celestekrenz.com

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Some Quotes:
“Meticulously drawn songwriting, equal parts torch and poetry, brain and soul.”
— Colorado Daily

“An infectious blend of sweet vocals, story based lyrics and acoustic sensibilities.”
— Billboard Magazine
“The purest folk voice I’ve heard in years, and that little catch in her throat gives it just a touch of hillbilly soul. I was so enchanted that I practically held my breath.”
— Robert K. Oermann, Music Row Magazine
“I love her songs and voice, she reminds me of Karla Bonoff.”
— Cheryl Wheeler
"Krenz typifies a different breed of country artist quietly rising in this era...a fresh spirit from which country msuic originally sprang and a college educated vocablulary"
—Jack Hurst, Chicago Tribune
"The album confirms that Krenz is one of the region's most engaging vocalists, male or female, with a soothing, intimate voice that yanks you headfirst into the song."
—Rocky Mountain News
"A real singer's singer, she connect with the pulse of a song with a pure, expressive soprano that is distinctive in its rhythmic articulation and tonal clarity."
—sonicnet.com
“I love her songs and voice, she reminds me of Karla Bonoff.”
—Cheryl Wheeler

-Best of Denver Westword: Country Folk Artist
-Named to music critics' "Best Colorado CDs of the Year" - Wishin' - Westword Magazine
-Top 10 indie albums of the year - KPFK Kansas for 'Hello Country'
-# 9 album of the year - KPFK Kansas
-# 1 best selling Colorado Artist on Amazon.com
-Top 100 artists on MP3
-Winner - Walnut Valley songwriters contest 2003

Venues / Main stage / Headliner
Jefferson

Discography

Edge of the Storm - 1993
Slow Burning Flame - 1994
Hello Country - 1996
Wishin - 1998
Celeste - 2000
Through My Baby’s Eyes - XMas - 2001
Ten Year Compilation - 2003
Beautiful Soup - 2004
Acoustic - 2006

Set List

2 40 minute sets