Serena Postel
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Serena Postel

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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"Latest Cream of the Crop..."

Former busker Serena Postel apparently got her big break when her songs caught the ear of a local film producer. That was two summers ago and in the interim she's also managed to hook up with kindred spirits like Romi Mayes, Jeremy Proctor and Jet Set Satellite. Oh, yeah, and she found the time to put out this fairly effortless-sounding six-song EP, on which her rootsy folk-rock guitar work recalls Ani DiFranco, while the earthy rawness of her voice echoes Holly McNarland or Sarah Harmer. Postel's songwriting chops suggest she won't need to take her act to the street corners again anytime soon -- and be sure to stick around for the bluesy bonus track Bourbon (featuring Australian fingerstyle wizard Dale Willis), if only to hear Postel crack herself up. Sun Rating 4 out of 5." - Winnipeg Sun - David Schmeichel


"Her Gritty Best"

This singer-songwriter got her start the old-fashion way, busking, so all she needs to bring her stories to life is her trusty acoustic guitar (even though she's backed by a band on most of the seven tracks). Postel possesses a pure, soulful voice that acts as another instrument when she chooses to dig deep and low or reach for the high notes. The material ranges from stirring alt-folk to tender ballads; the standout track is the live number Bourbon, showing off Postel at her gritty best. - Winnipeg Free Press


"*B*"

Postel is an artist just bubbling under the surface of this city's singer/songwrite scene. Armed with a righteous acoustic guitar, a vocal range that takes her from Aguilera heights to throaty near-growls on a torrent of image-laden, emotional words, she's on the right track with songs such as the title cut and 'Don't Go There'. Both tunes showcase a dynamism and a passion that will take her far once she learns she doesn't have to do everyting all at once. At this point, with her material still developing, Serena may be told that she can go the Ani DiFranco route, full of vigour and aggressive emotion, or she can rein things in and explore the less-is-more, melody first approach. I'd advise her to try to incorporate both." - JK - Uptown Magazine - Mar 8/07


"Brandon Folk Festival"

Serena definitely made her presence known at this year's Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival. As a soloist in our workshops and backed by her band on the main stage, Serena captivated the audience with lyrics that were deeply personal and at other times edgy and aggressive. This was matched by impressive facility on her guitar. Since the summer, I have received multiple request to bring her back again next year. Undoubtedly, Serena is an excellent addition to any lineup. - Matt Duboff - Artistic Director the Brandon Folk Festival


"5 out of 5"

"Wow!!! I can honestly say that its a rare thing for a cd to evoke such strong emotions within me... simply beautiful. 5 out of 5"

- Nathan Terin, Sidelined Productions - Nathan Terin, Sidelined Productions


"Tip my hat..."

A good friend of mine introduced me to this music by Ms. Postel. I have to say I was quite taken by it. Her voice is unique and her lyrics incisive and penetrating. The arrangements are stellar. I look forward to her next release with much anticipation. Very few independent, or for that matter, major label, albums have moved my soul like this one has. I tip my hat to her and look forward to her next release.
- Babakar Wade, Founder of the Headwhiz Consort Moderen Internationale


Discography

Spare Change - 2006

A seven song EP produce by Scott Hinkson. Guest appearances by Australian Fingerstyle Champion Dale Willis on 'Bourbon'. John Huver, drums on 'Lose Your Breath'. All other instruments and arrangements by Scott Hinkson and Serena Postel.

Regular play on local campus radio as well as CBC, including shows on DNTO (National) with repeat features on Shaken Not Stirred (WPG).

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Bio

She's been called Winnipeg's Firecracker and the love child of Ani DiFranco and Sarah Harmer. She's been compared to Emmylou Harris and Edie Brickell. She has a sound that resonates familiar, yet, you can�t quite put your finger on it�

Every one who witnesses Serena Postel perform is blown away by the volume of raw talent and unbridled energy. Her intriguing voice and riveting songs are complimented by a unique percussive guitar style and razor-sharp wit. She displays a mosaic of emotion and sentiment that charms and mesmerizes. She puts on a show to remember, and then afterwards, her magnetic personality draws the people in who want to know something more about her.

Serena's passion for playing is obvious at first sight. Since starting her musical journey three short years ago, she has impressed audiences at the OCFF Conference in Ottawa, the NXNE Music Festival in Toronto, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Brandon Folk Festival, the Trout Forest Festival, and across Canada on three tours. She has played hundreds of shows, sharing the stage with some of Canada�s finest folk artists including Nathan Rogers, NQ Arbuckle, Coco Love Alcorn, Romi Mayes, Twilight Hotel, Dan Frechette, Hey Ocean, and C.R. Avery.

Serena's music garnered airplay on CBC Radio, UMFM, CKUW and KICK-FM. During the summer of 2008, Serena was approached by filmmaker James Meagher who had seen her perform previously. He proposed making a music video for her the old-fashioned way shot entirely on film, hand-processing, and using the nearly lost art of frame-by-frame image transfer.

Serena agreed, and began working with music producer Lloyd Peterson to record the song for the video. The result is Not My Wave a compelling track supported by a super cool Super 8mm music video, recently released to a near-capacity crowd at Winnipeg�s Gas Station Theatre. The evening also featured the gallery debut of Serena's acrylics and charcoal artwork, and was presented by corporate sponsor Southern Comfort.

Inspired by the success of Spare Change and excited by her own musical evolution, Serena is currently recording her next CD a six-song EP featuring the first single Not My Wave and including a digital copy of the accompanying music video.