Gretchen Witt
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Gretchen Witt

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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""Is there anything this woman can't do musically? I doubt it.""

“Whatever she does, she should keep on doing it because this album is acoustic rock magic. Splashed with the thought-provoking lyrics that exude femininity and edge, catchy rhythms and a pure voice, Gretchen Witt has captured my attention. She's got the flair of Mindy Smith and Alison Krauss mixed with a little Catie Curtis and Jewel. "Smiling for Me" has some quaint piano mixed in with a dainty side, while she heats up with some acoustic rock riffs in "Criminal". Her jazzy track "Over and Done" left me bewildered because of the deep bass sounds and blues vibe. Is there anything this woman can't do musically? I doubt it. (Favorite Tracks: Criminal, So Called Bliss).” - Discovering

""This woman deserves a following.""

“I was blown away with how impressive the album was. New York by way of Ohio singer-songwriter Gretchen Witt is skilled...melding elements of rock, folk, country, and even the blue into skillfully crafted pieces topped with mature and sultry vocals in the vein of country great Neko Case (minus the twang) or folk singer Dar Williams. Still, Witt’s voice is her own and her style distinctly unique..neither formulaic nor contrived. And it’s this unique style that allows her to imbue what may have been otherwise cringe-inducing love songs such as “So Called Bliss” and “Say So” with a real meaning that many aspiring singer-songwriters can only hope to accomplish. It’s worth catching her play at one of her favorite spots to see for yourself; this woman deserves a following.” - Red is All the Rage

""New York City, are you prepared?""

“Gretchen Witt is here with her ambitious demo EP under her arm. Soft rock is the key ingredient in her recipe with a knack for writing a good catchy hook being her secret ingredient. Sure she may write a cooking book worth of great recipes like these five songs but what of her actual vocal ability? Well imagine a genetic blending of Tracy Chapman, Norah Jones, and perhaps Natalie Merchant and you’ve got Gretchen’s crooning. New York City are you prepared?” -

""Damn, but it's just an EP.""

“Lemme see ... young woman, acoustic guitar, song titles like Over and Done. I braced myself for a barrage of vague metaphors from a self-indulgent singer-songwriter. Instead, I found an enchanting voice, a bit breathy like Norah Jones but with more emotion, singing cushy pop melodies framed in beautifully simple arrangements. No messy metaphors here either. Her words are refreshingly straightforward.
A delicately picked acoustic guitar begins Say So, one of the best cuts. It builds to a more aggressive strum with bass, percussion and another guitar, then calms again as the lyrics implore, ‘If you still care, then say so.’ There’s a male back up vocal that comes in part way, almost as an answer to her. Beautifully done.
A melodic piano and cello compliment Smiling for Me. It’s a calming song about comforting someone, ‘I won’t tell you to dry your eyes, I’ll just look at you and say, “Baby, cry.”’ Sweet but not cloying.
She’s no delicate flower, though. Witness Criminal – ‘I don’t know why I asked you to play fair, when I don’t.’ Her guitar bursts out of the mix, just daring you step closer. No big drum set here, just subtle percussion, light bass and a harmonica back in the mix, but this is not a band I’d want to meet in a dark alley. There’s an edge that matches the lyrics without banging you over the head in a rock wall of volume.
Just when I thought I had Gretchen all figured out, the last song on the EP cranks up with a smokey cool blues tune, complete with finger snaps, walking acoustic bass and crying harmonica. Suddenly I’ve gone from the hippie café acoustic music night to a hip jazz joint. Yeah, baby, yeah.
Damn, but it’s just an EP. I can’t wait to hear a full project from this versatile singer-songwriter.” -

""Top of the line.""

“Her voice is both angelic and powerful: this is top of the line.” - Ear Candy Magazine

""Soft voice and beautiful, naked guitar""

“A soft voice and a beautiful and naked guitar is what meet the ear when you put on this 5 track EP with a new discovery for us here at Melodic.Net. And she is well worth your attention if you like Eva Cassidy with a little Linda Ronstadt-twist here and there (at her soft moments), The opening “So Called Bliss” is a nice appetizer and third out “Say So” is another favourite. That is such a soft and beautiful tune with Gretchen’s spread voice; an acoustic guitar and a sweeping slide-guitar painting the landscape. Without a doubt the best moment on the E.P and this song is worth the dollars you have to spend on the album at CD BABY if you like the softer school of female singer songwriters.” -

""Deep, thought-provoking...""

“Witt, in addition to her vocals, contributes piano and acoustic guitar work that could EASILY stand on it's own, but is well enhanced by the crew she's assembled. They all compliment each other, while no one drowns out her greatest asset... the lyrics. Criminal, which at first I was expecting a cover of the Fiona Apple single, is by far my favorite song. Seriously, I was expecting another female singer/song writer to take a stab at the song, and instead, its an original song that blew me away. It's deep, thought provoking, and just a little guilt ridden. Thank God, because even as a cover-junkie, I didn't want another of that criminal. So, what's next? Well, hopefully a full-length and a major distributor knocking at her door.” - Pucknation

""Folk bliss.""

“Gretchen Witt is folk bliss.” - Astro Zombie


Gretchen Witt can be heard on the following:
WPKN -Bridgeport, CT (89.5 FM): listen to the podcast of her live interview and in-studio performance with Bob Johnson and Jo Williamson via this link: www. secondsaturdaymagazine. org.
WDYN -Rochester, NY (100.1 FM) Featured Artist
KBSU - Boise, Idaho (90.3 FM)
KANZ - Garden City, Kansas (91.1 FM)
KWLC -Decorah, Iowa (1240 AM)
KPMW -Maui , Hawaii (105.5 FM)
KONI -Maui, Hawaii (104.7 FM)
WECS -Willamantic, CT (90.1 FM)
Featured Artist, Live Interview and in-studio performance from WECS on July 11th, 2005 is available by contacting
WONY -Oneonta, NY (90.9 FM)
WGDR -Plainfield, VT (91.1 FM)
WWUH -West Hartford, CT (91.3 FM)
WSGE -Dallas, NC (91.7 FM)
WKZE -Sharon, CT (98.1 FM)
WNCW -Spindale, NC
(92.9 FM in Boone, 100.3 in Charlotte, 97.3 FM in Greenville)
iRadio (90.3 FM) -Los Angeles, CA
Band Radio:
Alloy Radio:
Harris Radio:
Old School House Radio:
Whole Wheat Radio (Talkeetna, Alaska):
Brooklyn Heights Radio:
Radio Crystal Blue :
Freak Radio:
*DiscoverRadio by Globaldust :
*Gretchen�s song �Criminal� was ranked as an Editor�s Pick and 4th on a chart of the top 20 songs in alternative rock on discoverRadio.



Singer/Songwriter Gretchen Witt uses threads of folk, country, and pop to weave a sound ripe with femininity and edge.

She was selected 3 times for The Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition, as a Top 5 Finalist in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Competition, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase, The Mountain Stage New Song Contest, and has received multiple honors from the Mid Atlantic Song Contest.

She plays regularly in New York City with her band at venues such as The Living Room, Makor, and The Bitter End, at festivals across the country including South by Southwest, The Heart of Texas Music Festival, NEMO (Boston), The Dewey Beach Festivals, The Black Potato Music Festival (NJ), and at The National Association of College Activities (NACA) Conferences where she was awarded three showcases within her first year. She frequents Folk Series such as The Eclectic Cafe (Bayshore, NY), The Church House Concert Series (Haddam, CT) and Acoustic Long Island (St. James, NY).

Gretchen recently opened for Pete Seeger at The Beacon Sloop Club's Alternative Energy Festival (Beacon, NY). She has co-billed with Tracy Bonham at Brooklyn, NY's acclaimed venue Southpaw. Other venues of interest where she has performed include The Stanhope House (NJ), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia), Uncommon Ground (Chicago, IL), The Sylvia Theater (York, SC), The Palmetto Acoustic Series (Charleston, SC), Flipnotics (Austin, TX), and Club Passim (Boston).

College appearances include The University of Akron (Ohio), Bowdoin College (Maine), Beloit College (Wisconsin), The University of Wisconsin- Green Bay (Wisconsin), and Eastern Connecticut State University (Connecticut), among others.

Gretchen was featured in a 2009 video clip as "one to watch". She has appeared on Charleston, South Carolina's ABC Morning Show "Low Country Live", the "Random Acts of Music" TV show (Canton, OH), and the "Bart Hawley TV Show" in Jackson, MI.

Reviewers have offered glowing feedback, including quips such as the following from Discovering Artists; "Whatever she does, she should keep on doing it. This is acoustic rock there anything this woman can't do musically? I doubt it." Another reviewer cites; "Witt's voice is her own and her style distinctly unique...neither formulaic nor contrived. It's worth catching her play at one of her favorite spots: this woman deserves a following," (Red is All the Rage).

Gretchen Witt's record, entitled "Six" is available for purchase at over 15 online sites. Google "Gretchen Witt" to find out where.

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