Trinity Demask

Trinity Demask

 Arvada, Colorado, USA
BandFolkAmericana

Trinity Demask’s music is a soundtrack for life’s little detours, breakdowns, and roadside revelations. Her enthralling voice and melodic, insightful songwriting capture the essence of life’s journeys with tales that are both personal and universal.

Biography

Trinity Demask has one of those voices that gives your heart and spirit a double-take. Wonderful songwriting, great production. 'Crucible' is a gem! Wendy Wham, KUNC 91.5 FM Greeley, CO

"After a seeming eternity between releases, Trinity Demask returns under her own name, with an album's worth of material that places her squarely in the ranks of singer-songwriters like Dar Williams and Jonatha Brooke." Chris K., host of The Colorado Sound radio show (KRFC 88.9 FM, Fort Collins)

The first thing that grabs you about Trinity Demask is her voice. Often drawing comparisons to the angelic, rootsy tones of Alison Krauss, Trinitys voice can also pack a powerhouse punch reminiscent of blues rocker Susan Tedeschi. It is a voice perfectly suited to bring songs to life with heart and passion.

Trinity honed that voice singing to her pets as a child and alone in her car as an adult, but when it came to singing to a human audience, fear of rejection kept her silent. By the time I made my singing debut, I was in my thirties. I had always written poetry and stories, so songwriting wasnt so much of a surprise, but my friends and family were shocked to learn that I had this voice that Id been keeping secret. Ive since discovered its not uncommon for people, especially women who tend to nurture others and put their own desires last, to have shelved talents or dreams. Finally, they reach a point in their mid-thirties or later when they ask themselves, if not now, when?

Trinity certainly has made up for lost time. She began performing professionally in 2001 just months after playing at her first open mic. From coffeehouses and bars to theaters and festivals, she steadily earned a devoted following who appreciated not only her music, but her disarming wit and humor. The Indie Acoustic Project named her first CD "Venus In Retrograde" (released under her band name Third Road Home) "one of the best CDs of 2004" in the acoustic ensemble category, and her follow-up "Crucible" was named "one of the best CDs of 2009" in the lyrics category. Her bluegrass-infused tune Whatever Is was selected for the 2004 New Song Showcase at the popular Walnut Valley Festival and was included in mvyradios Fresh Produce #1 CD Sampler.

The introspective collection of songs was lauded by reviewers and listeners alike for its intimate and conversational tone. Listening to this CD is like a deep tissue massage, some lyrics hit hard, but it makes you feel released and strengthened in the end, writes one. A casual listen reveals accessible songs that are rootsy, warm and sometimes edgy, with catchy melodies and insightful lyrics. But it is her distinctive voice that captures the listener on a deeper level, delivering inspiration, hope, and healing.

In her new release Crucible, she explores themes of struggle, transcendence, and redemption with trademark clarity and heart. The twelve tracks range from upbeat Americana to moody adult alternative with topics spanning from the personal to the political. She doesnt shy from difficult topics or dark emotions, but neither does she dwell on the pain. Even in the worst moments of my life, Ive seen the bigger picture and thats the kind of message I convey in my songs. Theres always a light of hope. Keep moving forward, keep exploring. Life is all about the journey. Theres bound to be something unexpected and beautiful around the next corner.

Trinitys optimism isnt blind faith. Its the voice of experience. From her own difficult childhood she lost her father to cancer when she was twelve to the lives of those she served while working with the homeless in Denver, Trinity has known hardship and heartache. But she found hope and healing in music.

Music has always been my closest companion and the source of my greatest inspiration. My path in life would be drastically different if I didnt have the soundtrack that I did. I owe those artists a huge debt of gratitude. Music should move your body, challenge your mind, open your heart, and expand your awareness. That's what I've found in the music that inspired me and that's what I strive to create with my own songs."

It's this philosophy that makes Trinity Demask's music more than entertainment. It is songwriting at its most empowering, expressed with a voice that purely and poetically shares the profound nature of being human.

Lyrics

Whatever Is

Written By: Trinity Demask

Wishes grown
To brittle, dry fruition
A change in my position
Could send them up in flame
But I wait
And hold to what I’ve known
Keeping all I own
Safe and pretty much the same

‘Til the sweetness
Fades from what has been
‘Til the walls are closing in
And the air’s too thick to breathe
Shelter seems
Suddenly a prison cell
If I could find a wishing well
I’d pray, oh I’d pray for some release

Let the days roll by like thunder
Let the nights fall down like rain
There is one sure thing you can count on
Whatever is, is gonna change

Seeds of creation
Waiting in the wings
Fearless little things
They are stronger than my fright
And they slumber
Dreaming with a vengeance
Wearing on my patience
‘Til I crumble and let in some light

Let the days roll by like thunder
Let the nights fall down like rain
There is one sure thing you can count on
Whatever is, is gonna change

Yesterday
I held to you so tightly
Giving in finally
To faith in what could be
Where one door closes
Another’s standing open
Standing wide open
And I can see, yes I can see the other side

Let the days roll by like thunder
Let the nights fall down like rain
There is one sure thing you can count on
Whatever is, is gonna change
Whatever is, is gonna change
Whatever is

Here With You Today

Written By: Trinity Demask

Lost innocence, paradise found
Clear blue sky, cold hard ground
Skinned knees and bruised behinds
False starts and finish lines
But I am here with you today

Far-fetched dreams, close calls
Open roads and brick walls
The silences that stilled me
And the broken hearts that healed me
But I am here with you today

For all the times I’ve questioned the path that rose ahead
And all the times I’ve wondered where the other road had led
All the timely misfortunes, all the turns that left me open
Decisions that I feared from opportunity had led me astray
Have led me here to you today

Sweet nothings, sour notes
Winning smiles, losing votes
Tight jeans and baggy sweaters
Rumpled sheets and crumpled letters
But I am here with you today

Early mornings, endless nights
Winning wars and losing fights
Waking hungry, sleeping sated
All those god-damned jobs I hated
But I am here with you today

Joy rides and broken-down cars
Searching for clarity in smoky bars
Desert sun, icy rain
Hearing that same old song again
But I am here with you today

Bad luck and good advice
Feeling certain, thinking twice
Cold hellos, warm goodbyes
Smiling through the tears in my eyes
‘Cause I am here with you today
I am here with you today

Westward Bound

Written By: Trinity Demask

Looks like a good day for beginnings
So much is slipping away
Got to fill this void with something
To keep the fire burning, live to fight another day

I lost my sense of direction
And I don’t know who to believe
The practical thinker, the hopeless dreamer
Are waging a war inside of me

I’m leaving my troubles in my rear view mirror
No one ahead to slow me down
I’m chasing faith as the miles roll by
I’m westward bound

Out here there’s hope in the silence
Redemption in the coming dawn
Beauty always finds us somehow
Whether we heed it or not

I’m leaving my troubles in my rear view mirror
No one ahead to slow me down
I’m chasing faith as the miles roll by
I’m westward bound

Sometimes space is all you need
To find the person you’re hoping to be

Don’t ask me where I’m going
I couldn’t tell you if I knew
This destination is a moving target
The sunset is calling, got to get a better view

I’m leaving my troubles in my rear view mirror
No one ahead to slow me down
I’m chasing faith as the miles roll by
I’m westward bound
I’m westward bound

Zombie

Written By: Dolores O'Riordan

Another head hangs lowly
Child is slowly taken
And the violence caused such silence
Who are we mistaken

But you see it’s not me
It’s not my family
In your head
In your head they are fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head
In your head they are crying

In your head, in your head
Zombie
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie

Another mother’s breaking
Heart is taking over
When the violence causes silence
We must be mistaken

It’s the same old theme
Since 1916
In your head
In your head they’re still fighting
With their tanks and their bombs
And their bombs and their guns
In your head
In your head they are dying

In your head, in your head
Zombie
What’s in your head, in your head
Zombie

Dear John

Written By: Trinity Demask

Dear John
Has it been so long?
Seems like yesterday you were starting over
How the years, they’ve flown by
Leaving me lately to wonder

Much has changed since you left us empty
Silent with disbelief
You’d think we’d learn from your example
How precious is peace

Oh John,
You wouldn’t know this place
The names, faces and skylines have changed
But you’d recognize the embrace
Suffering and injustice remain the same

I wonder what you’d say
Would your wisdom see us through?
There are voices raised each day
Maybe those who cannot hear would listen to you

Oh John,
You might envy our times
So many ways to make a stand
The truth still bears consequences
But we’ve begun to face them hand in hand

Perhaps in your absence
Something’s been achieved
We are coming together as one
And we are learning to believe

This I Can Do

Written By: Trinity Demask

I’d lost heart when you asked me to believe
Gone so long, but you say it’s something we need
I’m down, but not broken, this much is true
You asked me to rise up, this I can do

I may be tired, but I’ll find a second wind
Where I can open my heart to hope again
‘Cause you’ve shown me the way to something new
You asked me to follow, this I can do

It’s a long climb to the top of the mountain
And I’ve been forgotten where the shadows are deep
But when your voice rings out in the darkness
I find the courage to carry my dreams

I’m reminded of the faith that remains
So I’ll till the soil for the seeds of change
On a cloudy day, I can see skies of blue
I can imagine, this I can do

I ain’t got much, but I can give more than you know
When I raise my eyes to tomorrow
I can make a difference, I learned that from you
Yes I can, this I can do
Yes we can, this we can do

Discography

Crucible (2009)
Venus In Retrograde (2004)

Set List

In addition to her original songs, Trinity sometimes performs covers by such artists as Richard Shindell, The Cranberries, The Dixie Chicks, Kate Wolf, Indigo Girls, Janis Joplin, Heather Nova, Jewel, Patsy Cline, Tracy Chapman, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan and others.