Mouths of Babes
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Mouths of Babes

Atlanta, GA | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Atlanta, GA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Duo Americana Folk

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9 stars out of 10 "An eclectic arsenal of songs, showcasing their knack for fusing blues, folk, and soul with poetic lyrics [and] great choruses that are oh-so-easily stuck in your head. The guitar work is excellent, from the twinkly intros of tracks such as 'Black Tea, Red Wine' and the darker tones of tracks such as 'Brighter In The Dark'...an incredibly versatile record. One of my new favourite listens.” - Thinking Lyrically


"Mouths of Babes could never have predicted how necessary this album is in a post-Trump world. The album title is fitting. We need music that shows people struggling against social expectations, that reminds us that we all have the resilience we need to make it through." - Adobe & Teardrops


"'Brighter in the Dark' combines their love of romance, storytelling, and vocal harmonies in an mix of ballads, smoky blues, and dances. Friends and expert musicians including members of Girlyman and Coyote Grace, Birds of Chicago, Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz), and Tania Elizabeth (Avett Brothers) were brought in to sessions at Cotati, California’s Prairie Sun Studios to provide instrumentation including pedal steel, hammond organ, piano, and strings. The result is a warm groove that perfectly builds off a single guitar line...into a full-bodied self-assured conclusion.” - She Shreds Mag


“'The Red Carpet' opens with a thumping percussion and subtle strings, a gorgeous, sneaking intro leading to sweet, simple vibrato singing...Next, powerful harmony busts onto the scene as Ingrid and Ty share their soulful soprano and cool alto respectively. During the hook that doubles as a quick love story, constant instrumentation fills the empty spaces with shaking jingles and beating electric rhythms. Together, the duo create a catchy ballad full of tender melody, sweeping arrangements, and dreamy lyrics.” - Elmore Magazine


“The songs they write and perform together fuse blues, folk, and soul, and the depth of emotion found in their lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about the "Dreamgirls" soundtrack [which was written by Ingrid's uncle Tom Eyen].” - MTV News


"[Mouths of Babes'] recordings and live appearances have won passionate praise from across the continent.” - The Voice Magazine


"Tylan Greenstein (formerly of Girlyman) and Ingrid Elizabeth (formerly of Coyote Grace) are that charming musical couple that everyone wants to sit next to at the dinner party. Before I even heard them perform, I got the chance to be their dining companion when I met them on an Olivia Cruise.

Once the two, who call themselves Mouths of Babes, did take the stage the next night, I was hooked. And I certainly wasn’t alone. The pair was so popular onboard that they had to book a larger venue for their second show.

No wonder. They are an accomplished match. Between the pair, they have created more than a dozen albums and performed in — literally — thousands of shows. Their genre? If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful. It’s romantic. It’s giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.

Lest you imagine it was just a phenom of the cruise, let their Kickstarter be an indication. They fully funded their initial goal of $30,000 in the first two weeks. Sounds like fan love to me." - Huffington Post


"[Ty and Ingrid] offer unique counterpoints to one another. The laid back Tylan, nattily dressed in a tie and crisp suit jacket, has a rich, lovely alto. Elizabeth, clad in a sultry pink satin mini-dress, is a sassy chanteuse with a lilting soprano. Trading jokes and sharing elegant harmonies, the two women displayed an intuitive professional bond." - Chicago Tribune


"The poignant honesty that [Ty] brings to her tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving. She asks the unanswerable questions that plague the end of relationships, and while she doesn’t have answers, the questioning provides its own kind of solace." - Relix Magazine


Discography

Brighter In The Dark (2017)
Faith & Fumes
EP (2014)

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“If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.”  – Huffington Post

With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.

Mouths of Babes recorded their highly anticipated first full-length album, Brighter In the Dark at Prairie Sun Studios in northern California earlier this summer on the strength of a wildly successful, 800-backer, $56,000 Kickstarter campaign. Released in late January 2017, the self-produced album contains twelve original songs with contrasting themes of light and dark, tragedy and comedy. Mixed by Stewart Lerman (Dar WilliamsBob Dylan), Brighter features guest appearances from Birds of ChicagoTania Elizabeth (The Avett Brothers), Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz) and others. Thinking Lyrically calls Brighter"An eclectic arsenal of songs, showcasing their knack for fusing blues, folk, and soul with poetic lyrics [and] great choruses that are oh-so-easily stuck in your head and excellent guitar work...an incredibly versatile record. One of my new favourite listens.”

The key to the Mouths of Babes magic is in the contrast; the differences in both their songwriting and personal styles makes for an unusually satisfying yin and yang. The Chicago Tribune writes, “They offer unique counterpoints to one another…the laidback Ty, nattily dressed in a tie and crisp suit jacket, has a rich, lovely alto. Ingrid, clad in a sultry pink satin mini-dress, is a sassy chanteuse with a lilting soprano. Trading jokes and sharing elegant harmonies, the two women display an intuitive professional bond.” They easily switch off lead vocals and play a wide array of instruments, with Ty on acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, and foot percussion, and Ingrid playing upright bass, ukulele, and cajon.

Ty makes a quiet impression as a gifted lyricist, talented multi-instrumentalist, and magnetic presence onstage. Relix Magazine writes, “The poignant honesty that Ty brings to [her] tunes gives them an emotional intensity that’s as bracing as it is moving.”  Ingrid, a natural performer, easily commands audiences with her larger-than-life sassiness and professional dancer’s grace. Curve Magazine writes, “The fiery redheaded bassist is the unabashed, unapologetic woman who isn’t afraid to yell it all from the rooftops.” 

Both Ingrid and Ty come from notable musical families, and their influences (namely, 60’s folk music and Motown) are deeply embedded in Mouths of Babes’ sound. Ty’s father, Ron Greenstein, is a member of the legendary folk harmony trio The Chad Mitchell Trio (where John Denver got his start), while Ingrid’s uncle Tom Eyen wrote the world-famous, Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls.  MTV News writes: “The songs Mouths of Babes writes and performs together fuse blues, folk, and soul, and the depth of emotion found in their lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about the Dreamgirls soundtrack.”

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