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"Borisenok delivers in debut"

We all love our mopey emo bands, but, every now and then, we need a little sunshine — and that would be Whitney Borisenok.

An Albany native now living in Syracuse, Borisenok has a well-crafted. well-thought out EP of compelling songs about love and life produced by Andrew Greacen and Max McKee (who also played guitar and bass repetitively). Most of the songs are sunny and happy, but even the darker ones show some light (albeit microscopic) at the end of the tunnel. This acoustic driven fare brings to mind early Shawn Colvin, it has a latent Dave Matthews vibe, and a Jack Johnson open airiness.

“Skaneateles” is a whimsical first meeting ode where, in a whispery voice, Borisenok sings about unfinished business. And when’s the last time someone worked the name of this Central New York town in a song? (She gets points for that alone.)

The powerful “Taste Of You” falls into gorgeous “Smile,” where a lovely melody bounces atop the guitar changes as she sings, “You make me want to write love songs.”

The haunting “Find Yourself Again” is a highlight, with it’s moving “Here I sit, writing in the notebook you gave me,” and “I don’t know you anymore/I wish I knew where you went,” while love on better days is the very moving “Never Leave My Side.”

“Laces” is about love lost, but still suits a sunny day with the car windows open, as it resigns itself to picking up the pieces and moving on, with style.

A well-done first effort by someone to definitely keep an eye on, Borisenok sings of love, loss and redemption with youthful wisdom. And, even when she sing about losing someone, it’s more reflection and learning, rather than whining and complaining. It’s about time.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/whitneyborisenok.

David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock. - The Daily Freeman


Discography

"Heart on Sleeve" EP released 12/20/11
-"Laces" and "Skaneateles" receiving radio airplay

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At the early age of 4, the first and only item on her Christmas list was a guitar. Later that winter her Mom captured her first “song” on home video. Whitney Borisenok had a passion for music before she even knew how to play a chord. It wasn’t until years later that she sat down to teach herself, motivated by the early musical influences of John Frusciante and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although she began strumming an electric, it wasn’t long until she realized her true love was the acoustic guitar.

In high school she began to teach herself to sing, shortly thereafter that opened the door to the world of writing music. “I always thought of myself as a musician that likes to put a spin on other peoples songs. It took me a while to realize that I could try my hand at writing my own tunes. I started jotting things down, having little expectation for where they would go.”

It wasn’t until her college years in 2007 when she performed at her first open mic at the Radio Bean Café in Burlington, VT. She crossed paths with fellow singer-songwriter Kate Fiano and they began to share song ideas as well as the stage. Together they graced bars and venues such as Nectar’s Restaurant where popular jam band Phish got their start, The Skinny Pancake, The Monkey Bar, and more.

Fast forward four years, a notebook full of some half-finished and some complete songs, and a couple of broken hearts later. Whitney felt like she was ready for the recording booth and searched out a studio and a producer that fit her needs. She landed at More Sound Recording Studio in Syracuse, NY with producer Andrew Greacen. “Within minutes of meeting Andrew I knew he was who I wanted producing my record. I told him that my goal was to create an EP that I would still be proud of years down the road. Together we finished writing a couple of my songs and jumped right into tracking. The whole process was undoubtedly one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.” Aside from producing the album, Greacen and co-producer Max McKee played guitar, bass, and some percussion throughout. Greacen says, "Whitney Borisenok has an amazing raw talent for singing and songwriting. She makes recording great vocals effortless. I'm guaranteed to have moments of goose bumps when tracking her and to this day is one of my favorite artists that I have worked with."

Whitney’s six song EP, “Heart on Sleeve”, was release on December 20th, 2012 at The Whiskey Republic in Providence, Rhode Island. Touted musician and music reviewer David Malachowski states, “This acoustic driven fare brings to mind early Shawn Colvin, it has a latent Dave Matthews vibe, and a Jack Johnson open airiness.” He goes on to call it “a well-done first effort by someone to definitely keep an eye on”.

Borisenok maintains that she will continue to pursue her musical career and that she’s only just begun, “I’ve said from the start that I’m not out to get famous. I write, sing, and play music because it’s what I love to do. If fame were to come of it, it would only be side effect of me following my passion. My goal is to simply make music that people can enjoy. That’s what makes me happy.”

“Heart on Sleeve” is available on iTunes and the Amazon MP3 store as well as through her online store in the physical format. Become a fan, get show updates, and watch videos at www.facebook.com/whitneyborisenok.