Kelsey Rottiers & The Rising Tide

Kelsey Rottiers & The Rising Tide

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Kelsey Rottiers & The Rising Tide sounds like a mix between Ingrid Michaelson and Brandi Carlile. Kelsey takes the lead with her jazz influenced vocals while Derek specializes in doo-ops and ooos. The duo bring home artfully crafted lyrics using folk/indie instrumentation as its vehicle.

Biography

I started writing and performing my songs professionally about ten years ago. But that’s not really where the story starts. Growing up, I always considered the tree in front of our house to be my tree because when I climbed it, I felt like no one could disturb me. The world was quiet, and that's when it started. There was something so enthralling about this quietness I just had to fill it with my own voice. Pretty soon I was singing as loud as I could because I felt like no one could hear me. Of course... everyone could hear me, but I didn't care as much as I did when I was on the ground. Every day, I'd climb my tree and sing. I'd make up words, tunes, rhythms. Most of it didn't even make sense, and I knew it was just another ridiculous thing I'd discovered. I'd imagine others listening to my playful world of mumbles and instantly change the channel in my mind. As long as no one was watching or listening, I was free to simply love singing.
Eventually I got used to the idea of inviting others into my world, but these were the seeds planted in my heart at a very young age. As Jon Foreman says, "for these seeds to give birth to life, first they must die." The collection I’ve pulled together comes from yet another rebirth, and I feel it is the best I've had to offer thus far. Gathering the insight gained from the voices of Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Rosie Thomas, Sam Phillips, and the classic genius of Ella Fitzgerald, I am so excited for you to hear it in its entirety. The structure is folk/indie, grafting in addicting melodies derived from multiple pop influences. Along with the collaborative efforts of Derek Turcsanyi on guitar and background vocals, I offer it back to you and we sincerely hope you enjoy our gift to you.

Lyrics

Red Wonder Boots

Written By: Kelsey Rottiers

I wrap my heart around my wrist
Like a lasso in my hand
I keep a pearl inside my chest
Tormented grain of sand.
I call momma twice a week
She listens to me cryin She says
When they ask me how you be
I just can’t help but smile and say

My princess
In a torn dress
There’s just no keeping her in
She’s out to pick a fight
She’s gonna be alright
We just don’t know if she’s coming home
Amazon Lady
She’s just a baby hungry for the truth
She's out to save the World
She’s a scared little girl
Shaking in her red wonder boots

Verse 2
I tuck the ache inside the lines
Like glue that holds the pieces
And stitch the seam with my design
For record of my grievance.
I let momma hold my head
When I can’t keep it straightened
she say, fix your eyes don’t blink again
let my hands keep you from sinkin in.

Chorus

Only way she can beat
Some poor boy sweep her off her feet (repeat three times)
He gonna hide her
So no one can find her

Amazon lady
She’s just a baby hungry for the truth
She's out to save the World
She’s a scared little girl
Shaking in her red wonder boots

Amazon lady
She’s just a baby hungry for the truth
She's out to save the World
She’s a scared little girl
Shaking in her red wonder boots

In The Rising Tide

Written By: Kelsey Rottiers

Verse 1
I don’t know how these things happen
But they’re like the rising tide.
I’m riding every wave that’s crashing
Cuz I’ve no place left to hide.
I know the moon will pull me
Till I’m standing at your door
I don’t know just when that might be but I won’t
fight the current anymore

Chorus
Wading in the water
I’m just wading in the water

Verse 2
We were gazing at the stars
But the storm was on it’s way
Now I guess it doesn’t matter, does not matter
Why you decided not to stay.
I wanted you to be my shelter
Keep me ever in your arms
Now I’m just drifting in the ocean
Cuz I won’t fight the current anymore.

Chorus
Wading in the water
I’m just wading in the water

Bridge
It takes time to baptize the shore
In the peace of mind we’ve all stopped looking for
We sink like stones when we try to walk across it
Maybe it’s time we lost it; I think it’s time we lost it
In the rising tide, in the rising tide.

I’ll be wading in the water
Wading in the water
Wading in the water

How To Love Me

Written By: Kelsey Rottiers

Verse 1
I wish you’d never said it
Some days I regret I said it back.
I wish you’d thought twice
Oh it might have been nice
To take it slow
Pre-chorus 2
I wish you weren’t so clueless
I wish I weren’t so lonely
I wish you knew how to love me
Chorus
I don’t know what Jesus would do
If His love broke his heart in two.
Just what she swore she’s never do.
But then I guess he’d hang his head and cry,
And ask his father why; wait in silence for a reply.
Verse 2
As soon as I’m sure that I’m over the worst
I’m knocked off my feet.
There’s no life in the past,
No, we can’t take it back
But in my dreams…
Pre-chorus 2
You see me from a distance
I great you like a brother
All of this pain is over
Chorus 1
Chorus 2
I’m not sure what all this has to do with getting over you,
It’s just a Bride who slayed a Jew.
I’m just tired of waiting all my time
Wishing you could see I’m right
And I was worth the sacrifice.
Verse 3
(hum verse)
I wish you weren’t so clueless
I wish I weren’t so lonely
I wish you knew how to love me.
I wish you knew how to love me.

Picture Box

Written By: Kelsey Rottiers

Verse 1
Blond Coffee in my favorite mug
Gray sweatpants and my hair pulled up
Shoebox painted front to back
Settle down, breathe deep, and start to unpack

Verse 2
Good day to be melancholy
Sink in the mood let the memories drown me
Snuggle up with the scarf that you made
In a bed of Polaroids, and just stay.

Chorus:
I still love you, I still love you

Verse 3
Told me your story by city lights
Whispered I love you on Valentine’s night
Chocolate pancakes, a breakfast surprise
Thought that we’d last by that look in your eyes

Chorus

Verse 4
Saline stains on my blotchy red cheeks
Just let it fall like leaves from the trees
The seasons they must change, I guess
Oh, but we were such a comfortable mess.

Chorus

Let Your Hair Down

Written By: Kelsey Rottiers

Verse 1
Place each strand precisely
Wear your smile
Like a blanket of
Ivory cotton
Hold the ends tightly
Don’t unravel
Tie it up with
Scarlet ribbons

Chorus
Let your hair down
Let it all fall down
You’re never as lovely
As you are
When you fall apart

Verse 2
You wear your faith
Like a hand me down
Passed around
And stuck in the closet
Keep your fears locked ‘hind
Silk Champagne eyes
You don’t know
The key’s in your pocket

Chorus

Bridge
Let it down let it down da da da da da
Let it down Oh oh oh oh

Chorus

Discography

Picture Box- EP
6 songs posted on reverbnation: 21st of August, Heights & Kites, Probably;amen, Honey Wine, Let Your Hair Down, Picture Box which have had 1458 plays. These songs are also posted on myspace and facebook and recieve quite a bit of attention there.

Set List

Leave Your Darling,
Don't Make Me Cry,
Goliath,
Honey Wine,
Heights & Kites,
In The Rising Tide,
Probably; amen,
Lucy,
How to Love Me,
Red Wonder Boots

Our sets range from 30min to 1 hour, when we do covers we do classics like Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and Fever.