Vanya Van Essen

Vanya Van Essen

BandFolkAcoustic

A combination of raw and powerful vocals with bassy, acoustic guitar, Vanya's music is thought-provoking and accessible. Singing in both English and in Portuguese, Vanya sucessfully creates a full and complex sound that reaches a wide range of listeners.

Biography

Born in southeast Brazil in a close community, Vanya Van Essen and her four siblings were surrounded by people of varying nationalities with deep and poignantly different philosophies of life. From a young age, Vanya was bombarded with alternatives that later created a way for her to soulfully and holistically discover her own vision, and her own identity. But the richness of such an upbringing, the understanding of the idiosyncrisies and layers of people’s souls provided her with a sensitive and complex view of the world which comes through in her music.
Vanya has been involved with music since childhood, performing and writing, experimenting with various genres and languages and learning piano and acoustic guitar. This passion was woven throughout her university days, alternating between being the intense focus and being sidelined by her nursing degree; a degree which she later used as an avenue to work with homeless youth in Los Angeles.
After completing her degree, Vanya returned wholeheartedly to the music scene, performing in Los Angeles and in Orange County on a regular basis. In 2004, Vanya and her husband decided to move back to Brazil to work on a recording project while delving back into her Brazilian roots. Recently, they moved to Seattle where she is investing herself fully into music. Vanya has been playing regularly at various venues in the greater Seattle area and has a weekly show on Wednesday nights.
Vanya’s unique voice and sound are reminiscent of Sarah Mclachlan, Natalie Merchant, and Adriana Calcanhotto. Her voice is raw and powerful as she sings in English and in Portuguese. Employing a deep, bassy acoustic guitar and piano, Vanya is not afraid to address the complexities of day to day living. A common theme in her lyrics is the soul’s search in the face of these mysteries that life brings. Her songs tell a story whose themes can resonate with the most extraordinary and the most ordinary realities of the human experience.

Lyrics

Just Like Me

Written By: Vanya Van Essen

JUST LIKE ME
We all have something to say, we all have something to hide
Tell me your story and I’ll tell you mine
I’m sick of your sense of superiority
While you’re astounded by my false humility
You’re too happy and you’re so naïve
You don’t know what it really means to bleed
You’re too sad with that frown on your face
Much too aquainted with the woes or our race

Petty offenses, empty defenses
Misinterpreting the colors of our world
Embrace the dying art of our humanity
I know you think you’re different
But you’re just like me

You take one look at me and know where I’ve been
Base all your judgments on the color of my skin
This is you, this is me, these are the games that we play
Help me, help you, help yourself, love me and I’ll love you too
Work our your answers it could save your soul
Wish I could help you but I cannot stoop that low
Maybe I’m buried in my own reality
What will I wear, what will I say, what will they think of me

Petty offenses, empty defenses
Misinterpreting the colors of our world
Embrace the dying art of our humanity
I know you think you’re different
But you’re just like me
I know you think you’re different
But you’re just like

Missing You

Written By: Vanya Van Essen

Missing You

Don’t make me go, I don’t wanna go
Don’t make me stay , I don’t wanna stay
I just wanna run, I just wanna run away

Don’t look at me, don’t you look away
So many words and nothing to say
I don’t know, I don’t know
But I miss you, but I miss you

And I find myself
Thinking of you
And I find myself remembering you
I’m remembering you

And I don’t know why
I can’t get you outside of my mind
Though I’ve tried and I’ve tried
I can’t get you outside of my mind
Please walk away, let me go
Oh shadow that lives in my soul
Leave me, leave me, leave me

Memories of you they fill my heart
Need to forget but don’t know where to start
I don’t know , I don’t know
But I miss you

Sorrowful day, glorious goodbye
So many reasons, yet I don’t know why
I don’t’ know , I don’t know
But I miss you , but I miss you

And I find myself
Thinking of you
And I find myself remembering you
I’m remembering you

And I don’t know why
I can’t get you outside of my mind
Though I’ve tried and I’ve tried
I can’t get you outside of my mind
Please walk away, let me go
Oh shadow that lives in my soul
Leave me, leave me, leave me

Discography

The Roundness of Things EP
Long Walk Home EP

Set List

Varies