GYPSY SOUL

GYPSY SOUL

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Acoustic Rock & Soul - Critic's Choice 60 times: "One of the most brilliantly instrumented & vocally adept bands alive and kicking." OC WEEKLY; "Strikingly beautiful; seamless blend of folk, jazz, pop & world music."OC REGISTER; "a gorgeous mix folk, pop, jazz and touches of bluegrass." - CD Baby.

Biography

What the media are saying about this
CANADIAN/US & BRITISH DUO:

Gypsy Soul's been named "TOP PICK"/CRITIC's CHOICE" 60 times by: LA Times, Salt Lake City Weekly, San Francisco Examiner/Independent, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Cruz Weekly, Park Record, LA Almanac, Performing Songwriter, Where Magazine, Monterey County Herald, San Francisco Herald, Orange County Register, Standard Examiner (UT), Bass Player, Coast Weekly (Monterey), Jefferson Monthly, OC Weekly, SF Chronical, Desert Post Weekly (PalmSprings) etc.

Gypsy Soul has charted on three radio charts including:
#5 on New Age Reporter, #8 on Folk DJ and #36 on Adult Contemporary Top 40 (R & R /Gavin).

“Cilette Swann's voice is haunting, and Roman Morykit's musicianship is superb. Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit.”
— Monica Rizzo, PEOPLE MAGAZINE

“Amazing Grace voted critic’s choice for the Top Ten CDs of 2001.”— Orange County Register, 2001

“Those with true artistic ability and a passion for the music are a rare breed, but this group is one where those aspects can be found.”—
The Global Muse. Gypsy Soul, 2001 Elite Artist.

"Superb vocals and musicianship combine to produce one of the most original sounds I have heard in a long time" — Alan Corbeth, Premier Radio Networks

“Soundtrack producers looking for the next Sarah McLachlan or spiritual descendant of Roxy Music...
the music of Gypsy Soul is mesmerizing.”
—Tom Kidd, Music Connection

B I O G R A P H Y: ARE GYPSY SOUL THE MODEL FOR INDEPENDENT BANDS OF THE FUTURE?

* They have produced nine acclaimed CDs, selling over 100,000 independently; winning many indie music awards
* They've earned nearly 1.5 million downloads on MP3.com with 10 number one songs
* Their music has aired over 100 times in more than 14 different countries on hit TV shows such as:
Providence, Felicity, Roswell, The Young & The Restless, MTV Specials and Movies of The Week among others
* Their music has been featured in the Movies: Quick Sand (Michael Kane), After Sex (Brooke Shields) and others
* They have licensing deals in the Far East, S. Africa.
* They've opened for Grammy Winners: Larry Klein & Tony Childs; CMA Winner: Beth Neilsen-Chapman & others
* As both Duo & Group (up to 5), they consistently play to 150-500 fans in the western states; many shows sell out
* They have an active base with over 10,500 fan email addresses
* They've showcased at ASCAP's "Quiet on the Set", IAFE, OFEA, EAT'M, ARTS NW, NSA's "Acoustic Underground"

Allow me to introduce Cilette Swann (singer/lyricist) & Roman Morykit (music writer/producer)...A.K.A. Gypsy Soul: Their Soulful, Acoustic Rock with Celtic and Americana Roots has been likened to artists: Eva Cassidy, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Sheryl Crow, David Gray and Fleetwood Mac. Their world-class, acoustic rock music has earned them "Critics Choice" in over 60 publications.

So how come you haven't heard of Gypsy Soul? Perhaps you've been looking in the wrong places....

"We've spent the last 10 plus years writing and touring, building our grassroots following the old fashioned way without radio funding or distribution. After a few record deals dissipated due to label finances, we started our own label and learnt how to book tours and do publicity. We found that
the more we did on our own and the more success we had, the more other people wanted to get involved and help us. For Roman and myself, it is not success at any cost. There are certainly easier ways to make a living, but being musicians has always been more of a need than a choice for us and we will continue to perform until we simply can't anymore," muses Cilette Swann.

Roman, Gypsy Soul's multi-instrumentalist co-writer and producer speaks about the band's origins:

"We are both first generation immigrants of first generation immigrants. There are a lot of different cultures at work here, hence the name, Gypsy Soul. Cilette is Canadian of Irish and South African heritage while I was born in England of Ukrainian and Italian parents. Our diverse cultural roots are pretty evident in our music. Perhaps that is why our sound is not easily categorized into just one genre?"

This husband & wife duo, met in Scotland and have lived in five different countries. For the last 1o years, Cilette and Roman have made their living entirely as professional musicians - a rare thing these days....

"When our label deals fell apart in the 90's, we consciously decided to go at this on our own. Although very open to working with people with vision and integrity, we have often found it easier to just get the job done ourselves. We are currently seeking a label partners in domestic and foreign territories to help raise profile. We have recently signed a worldwide, Co-Publishing Deal with Pen Music Group and are thrilled to their support and integrity on board. We know our audience and it has been impo

Lyrics

WHO?

Written By: Music: Roman Morykit; Lyrics: Cilette Swann c) 2000 Off The Beaten Track Songs (ASCAP)

Who will speak in my absence?
Who will stand in my place?
Will you rejoice in the life that I have led?
Who will I inspire along the way?

Who will sing at my passing?
Who will dance upon my grave?
For whom will I be a lasting memory?
For whom will I easily fade?

Do I give enough?
Do I love enough?
Do I live enough?
Did I ever give up on anyone I shouldn't have?
Do I risk enough?
Do I forgive enough?
Do I trust enough?
Am I good enough?

Who will wake from this slumber?
Who will share in the faith, that we are the sum of the choices we make?
We can not lay down at the mercy of fate.

Do I give enough?
Do I love enough?
Do I live enough?
Did I ever give up on anyone I shouldn't have?
Do I risk enough?
Do I forgive enough?
Do I trust enough?
Am I good enough?

ONE MORE DAY

Written By: Music: Roman Morykit Lyrics: Cilette Swann c) 2002 Off The Beaten Track Songs (ASCAP)

I would rather hurt like hell
And know that I am alive
Or make a fool of myself
Than never having ever tried

Through the scars and the wreckage
We somehow survive
True heart and soul don't come from a carefree ride
Is a life untouched, living a life worthwhile?

If you had just one more day
What would you do
Would you shine or fade away
What would you choose

I would listen more than I speak
I would give more than I keep
I'd forgive more than I fight
I would say fewer goodbyes
I would seek more than I hide I’d be more giving and kind I'd learn to leave the past behind

Through the scars and the wreckage
We somehow survive
True heart and soul aren’t born from pure desire
If you don't touch the flame, you'll never feel the fire

Through the scars and the wreckage
We somehow survive
True heart and soul don't come from a carefree ride
Is a life untouched, living a life worthwhile?

SANDALS IN THE SNOW

Written By: Lyrics: Cilette Swann Music: Roman Morykit

c) 2004 - Off The Beaten Track Songs

SANDALS IN THE SNOW

Caught a glimpse of a man today
He had the kind of face
That life had betrayed
He wore sandals in the snow

A man without aim
Well who’s to say
What the hell do we know
We’re all just steps away
From sandals in the snow

So caught up in out worries
Feeling saddled to our strife
You know there’s madness in the details
That consume our little lives
Tell me who has got this right

I caught a glimpse of a man today
I think his heart was pure
Though his mind a little frayed
He wore sandals in the snow

And do you live without shame
Well who’s to say
Cause we’re all so close
Just a heartache away
From sandals in the snow

Is he the face of reason
Or just another soul in pain
Is he beauty incarnate
We should love him just the same
Tell me who here is sane

Can we leave behind our worries
Break free from our strife
And see the beauty of the moments
That we miss while living life
Is he the face of reason
Or just another soul in pain
Or a loved one reincarnate
We should love him just the same
Tell me who here is sane

Caught a glimpse of a man today
He had the kind of face
That life had betrayed…

SILVER LINING

Written By: Lyrics: Cilette Swann Music: Roman Morykit

c) 2005 Off The Beaten Track Songs

SILVER LINING

I want to chase the sun
I want to come all undone
Sleep beneath the moon
And walk amongst our shattered ruins
All I’ve sought I am finding
In the light of the silver lining

I’m gonna dance in the wind
And like the willow I will bend
Live each day as my last
Ever grateful for the past
All I’ve learned I am finding
In the light of the silver lining

Every day is a blessing
Every breath is a gift
Every heartache a lesson
Every choice is a risk
Every child is our promise
Every faith has its test
Every soul has the answers
If we only listen to it
If we only listen to it

I’ll swim naked in the sea
Drown the fears that cling to me
We’ll make love every day
Caress each other’s scars away
All I’ve learned I am finding
In the light of the silver lining

(repeat chorus)

I want to paint like Davinci
I want to sculpt like Rodan
Learn to speak Portugese
Learn to think like a man
All I’ve sought I am finding
In the light of the silver lining

I’m gonna chase the sun
And like a river I will run
I’m gonna dance in the wind
And like a willow I will bend
All I’ve learned I an finding
In the light of the silver lining

(repeat chorus)

If we only listen to it…

LETTING YOU GO

Written By: Lyrics: Cilette Swann Music: Roman Morykit

c) 2004 Off The Beaten Track Songs

Letting You Go
(Dedicated to Noel Swann)

You dance into the ether
A bittersweet escape
embracing all that's come to you
You've found solace in this place

There's a comfort in knowing
That you finally made it home
Where there is love in abundance
Like you've always shown

What you wanted for you and
What I wanted for me
Has turned out so differently
It's your time to leave
now you're at peace
I'm learning to set you free......Letting you go...

You've left behind a life of memories
A gift to all you knew
You've taken nothing that you can't use
Save the love given you

There's a comfort in knowing
That we're forever tied
Your spirit glows inside my heart
Your soul sees through my eyes

But what you wanted for you and
What I wanted for me
Has turned out so differently
Now it's my time to grieve
at least you're at peace
I am learning to set you free
Letting you go, letting you go, letting you go.....

You dance into the ether
With poetry and grace
Your essence here still lingers on
Like, the memory of your face

There’s a comfort in knowing
That you’ve finally made it home

Now it's my time to grieve
at least you're at peace
I am learning to set you free
Letting you go, letting you go, letting you go.....

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL TO ME

Written By: Roman Morykit/Cilette Swann

You’re the color in my winter
The sun upon my snow
You melt away the harshness
From the years that I have known

I let worry guide my way
And I wasted precious time
Never knowing your sweet love
Ever had me in mind

I see the years; you see my life
I see my age; you see the child
I see the lines; you see my smile

And you say, (that)
you’re beautiful to me
So beautiful to me

I’ll be your Mona Lisa
My heart is yours alone
The poet and his muse
The sculptor and his stone

Love is a reminder
That it’s not about who’s best
And it’s not about perfection
But how our souls connect

I see the years; you see my life
I see my age; you see the child
I see the lines; you see my smile

And you say,
(that) you’re beautiful to me

It’s a language that’s unspoken
In each others eyes
Who cares if we were broken
In our past lives

I now feel love surround me
When I see the light in you
I know how blessed I am
To share my life with you

Love is a reminder
That it’s not about who’s best
And it’s not about perfection
But how two souls connect

WE LOSE OURSELVES IN LIFE

Written By: Roman Morykit/Cilette Swann

It seems that life got in the way
Of living dreams, we let slip away
And now we’re just hanging on

Where passion used to motivate
It’s now our fears, we can’t escape
Yet, we keep hanging on

Chorus:
We fill our voids to mask the loss
Define ourselves by what we’re not
We numb the pain at any cost

We clip our wings, so we can’t fly
No longer reaching for the sky
We’re compromised, by every little lie

We lose ourselves in life
We lose ourselves in life

Precious memories seem to fade as
Our tomorrows become our yesterdays
And now we’re just hanging on

The time we’ve spent,
we can’t earn back
Obsessed by what
we think we lack
Yet, we keep hanging on

Chorus:
We’ve given in with all we’ve got
We’ve burned those bridges,
we can’t cross
We’ve found ourselves,
yet we’re so lost

The details have consumed our lives
And hope, becomes the sacrifice
Assessed the risk – our dreams denied

We lose ourselves in life
We lose ourselves in life

ALL THAT REMAINS

Written By: Roman Morykit/Cilette Swann

All That Remains

I'm burning, I'm burning
I'm breaking, I'm breaking in two

You give me your love,
like you've got it to give
You're giving me hope and
that's a dangerous gift

You're playing with fire
and I burn at your will
I shift through the ashes
of love unfulfilled
If pleasure the hunt and
passion the kill
Desire's the hole that
wanting can't fill

All that remains
is the crease where you laid
no words were spoken,
(there was) nothing to say

All that remains
is the crease where you laid
no words were spoken,
(there was) nothing to say

You led me right into your open door
But the truth is, that truth,
just don't live there no more

Logic and reason
are tossed from the stage
the actors recast, the lead is replaced
The script is retired and
the scenes have all changed
The dust and the memory
are all that remains

All that remains
is the crease where you laid
no words were spoken,
(there was) nothing to say

All that remains
is the crease where you laid
no words were spoken,
(there was) nothing to say

(You’re a) Hit and Run in the Dark
(You’re a) Hit and Run in the Dark

BE THE CHANGE

Written By: Roman Morykit/Cilette Swann

We are flesh and bone
We are parts unknown
We are ashes, we are dust

We are rogues and kings
We are bold extremes
We are jury, we are judge

We are strength and heart
Though we are miles apart
We are one, we are love

We are hopes and dreams
We are noble beings
We are diamonds in the rough

Have we lost sight of all we are
Forgotten history and its scars
Reduced ourselves to doubt and fear
Given up what we hold dear

Freedom is won and fought
lives are lost, souls are bought
But lasting freedom lives inside
Within our hearts and
in our minds

(Chorus)
So, Be the change you wish to see
Be the peace that sets you free
Be the love you want to feel
Be the cure that helps you heal

Be the dreams that you desire
Be the spark of your own fire
Be the future you inspire
Be the wings that take you higher……..

Guitar solo

So, Be the change you wish to see
Be the peace that sets you free
Be the love you want to feel
Be the cure that helps you heal

Be the dreams that you desire
Be the spark of your own fire
Be the future you inspire
Be the wings that take you higher

SHOW ME THE WAY

Written By: Roman Morykit/Cilette Swann

For such a long time I couldn’t see
The beauty that you saw hidden in me
Then in your heart I was revealed
When you came, you came
And your light showed me the way

I always knew
there was so much more
Someone and something
worth fighting for
But my faith grew frail
from the darkness I felt
‘Til you came and you came
And your light showed me the way

Sometimes it takes somebody us
Believing in us
even when we have failed
Reminding us of our True Selves
Then you came, you came
And your love showed me the way

Discography

All are Full Length Studio CDs (except the LIVE CD)

Wanderlust - (Feb 2009 national release)
Beneath the Covers - A Rediscovery (Feb. 2007)
One Beautiful Night (LIVE), 2004
The Journey, 2002
Amazing Grace, 2002
Superstition Highway, 2001
Sacred, 2000
Sanctuary, 1998
Test of Time, 1997

Set List

GS perform as a DUO, TRIO or up to a FIVE piece group. They play one hour to three hour THEATER/CONCERT SERIES/CORPORTATE and UNIVERSITY sets. In addition to their diverse original set list (having FIVE original albums) Gypsy Soul also performs unique arrangements of some wonderful cover songs. The group also produces and performs many Holiday Benefit Concerts each year, their eclectic repertoire will follow below their original/cover set lists:

ORIGINAL/*COVER SONGS:
Wanderlust
Big Sky Lullaby
Show Me The Way
You're Beautiful To Me
We Lose Ourselves in Life
Epona's Wild Daughter
All That Remains
You Keep Haunting Me
*Amazing Grace
Who?
Silver Lining
Take Me Away
Can't Go Home
*Scarborough Fair (True Love)
Time of Innocence
Crying Colours
Romeo's Prey
Loving Me
In The Knowing of You
Silent Tears
*Nights in White Satin
The Snow/The Sea
Silent Tears
Take Me Back Where I Belong
*Summertime
Here and Now
Solace
*Country Roads, Take Me Home
Talk To Me
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