Kerry Getz

Kerry Getz

BandFolkAcoustic

Kerry Getz defines intelligent adult pop. She has been compared to Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann and Dar Williams. An acoustic Orange County singer-singwriter, Kerry earns more adjectives than a Starbucks drink.

Biography

"The songwriting is strong, passionate, and poetic." - National Public Radio
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Kerry distinctly remembers the year her older brother received an acoustic guitar for Christmas. She would steal it away while he was in school and spend countless hours teaching herself to play some of her earliest influences: Joni Mitchell, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, and Simon & Garfunkel.

She released her World in Motion debut album, Apollo, to critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times named it one of the best local releases of the year, later revising that review to single out the record as one of the best of the decade. They called Kerry a “pop goddess” and an “undiscovered peer of Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow.” The other critics agreed. Performing Songwriter Magazine deemed the record one of the Top DIY Releases of 1997 and included the song “Devil and the Deep Blues” on their year-end compilation CD. Orange County Weekly crowned her “Our Minstrel” in a story entitled “Kerry Getz Ought to Be Famous."

In 2001 Kerry recorded and released her sophomore album, Live at the Galaxy. How easy it is to record a house full of screaming fans; how difficult it is to conquer the empty stage with an acoustic guitar and a microphone. Kerry wove a spell with verse and melody; she was vulnerable yet invincible.

Finding her groove, Kerry quickly returned to the studio to record and release little victory to rave reviews. She discovered a uniquechemistry with her co-producer-engineer-friend, Marty Beal,and co-wrote many of the songs with him. The Orange County Register writes “Little victory is the most powerful collection of its kind since [Aimee] Mann’s Bachelor No. 2.” National Public Radio notes, “the songwriting is strong, passionate and poetic.” Garnering airplay across the country during a very competitive time for radio, little victory has an independent spirit that refuses to be ignored. Acoustic Guitar recognized her strength in their reveiw of the album, noting “Getz’s rich, dreamy voice rises up from the emotional depths of the soul-searching and star-gazing lyrics, floating through the chiming, atmospheric arrangements.”

Proudly sharing that spirit, Getz has shared the stage with numerous artists, including Neil Finn, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Nick Lowe, and John Mayer. She has also had tracks included on many compilation CDs, including the Martin Newell tribute ReNewell as well as Coast to Coast, a collection of songs from North American female singer/songwriters which was just released by the German label, JarMusic. She has been named “2002 Female Artist of the Year” by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and nominated for the same title by the Orange County Music Awards. And becoming a bit of a local celebrity in Southern California, Kerry was featured on “Sound Affects,” the acclaimed music and interview series on PBS station, KOCE-TV.

Armed with a voice that the LA Times says “hits with persuasive force or dances with nuanced delicacy,” Kerry Getz now releases her fourth for World in Motion Records: it’s a wonderful life. Kerry transforms a more truthful holiday season with a careful selection of traditional tunes, contemporary songs of the seasons, and brand new originals. It’s not just about the gifts; it’s also about tradition and family tension and the winter wistfulness that comes in December. Kerry bravely and candidly addresses the human conditions that come with the holidays in every climate – family, daydream romance, taking just one day out of the year to believe in Santa Claus. Not a week after its release, NPR featured Kerry again, this time on “Weekend Edition.” Observing its “rich folk-rock arrangements” and even declaring that the album “shows off her full talents,” there is proof that it’s a wonderful life indeed.

Lyrics

Suspended in December

Written By: Kerry Getz and Stuart Pearson

December’s paint box, gray black and white
Brushed across the days and nights
My every footstep fills with snow
Disappearing as I go

A flash of memory, a blue sky day
Reminds me things were not always this way

Sometimes the winter hangs on for years
And you don’t notice when spring just never reappears
I was suspended in December till I suddenly remembered
That I hadn’t turned the calendar
Since when I can’t recall

Time and seasons are constant change
Even planets rearrange
I want this moment. I want to know
The beauty found in the letting go

Of all the frozen buried pain
Outside the snow gives in to rain

Sometimes the winter hangs on for years
And you don’t notice when spring just never reappears
I was suspended in December till I suddenly remembered
That I hadn’t turned the calendar
Since when I can’t recall
Ah distinctly I remember I was suspended in December
And I hadn’t turned the calendar since when I can’t recall

Inhale

Written By: Kerry Getz

Inhale, exhale, there I am
Breath in the air
I'm not this shell, I'm not these bones
I'm floating beyond
There I am

Open window, there I am
Breath in the air
Hear the sound like a whisper
That's my voice
There I am, there I am, there I am

Sunlight and shadow, there I am
I'm darkness and light
I can't be caught, can't be held
Close your eyes
And there I am

Slowly waking there I am
As the dream starts to fade
I'm not quite here, but I'm not quite there
You reach out for me
There I am, there I am, there I am

Inhale, hold it, there I am
I'm part of you now
You're my glove, my balloon, but not for long
You exhale
Then I'm gone

Inhale, exhale, there I am
There I am, there I am, there I am

Yuletide Romeo

Written By: Kerry Getz and Stuart Pearson

the weatherman says it looks like snow and a white christmas after all
and every song on my radio is telling me to deck the hall
took some paper and grabbed a pen for a letter long overdue
though it’s been awhile since we've been friends
i've a favor to ask of you

the christmas lights are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself

santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo

make him funny, well read and wise
custom ordered only for me
a little naughty but oh so nice
and delivered christmas eve

the stars above are winking at me
as though they've got secrets to tell
the happy couples kissing remind me what i'm missing
when i walk home by myself

santa i hope that you can see
what's missing from my mistletoe
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo
there's no sign of auld lang syne
or a yuletide romeo

Discography

It's a Wonderful Life
single: "Suspended in December", hit AAA radio in December 2003, NPR featured the album in "Weekend Edition", available for streaming

Little Victory
single: "little victory", released to AAA radio in August 2003; featured on NPR's "Musings with Alphonse Vinh,"; reviewed in Acoustic Guitar as Feburary 2004 "Editor's Hit Picks".

Live at the Galaxy

Apollo

Set List

Usually 2 50-minute sets.
Sample set list:

1. Beautiful to You
2. Devil and the Deep Blues
3. Little Victory
4. Julianne
5. Salsbury Hill (cover of Peter Gabriel)
6. Apollo
7. Why am I so Uncool?
8. Time Stand Still
9. Good Thing
10. River (Joni Mitchell)
11. Weak
12. I Could Fall For You
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