|How Great a Gift|
|What Turns You On|
A contemporary songwriter, Courtlyn Carr knew long ago that her heart and soul had - ├é┬Łand have - an insatiable hunger for writing and performing her own music. As a powerful vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Carr pours her energy into creating music that displays the emotion and honesty inherent in a Nashville star.
Carr recorded her first CD, Almost Three, at age nineteen. The record allowed her to share a stage with the Grammy award-winning group Jars of Clay. After the release of Almost Three, Carr was offered a recording contract with Triple Platinum Records, Felds Entertainment. She declined the deal to pursue a degree at Berklee College of Music. Carr recalls the decision as definitely not too difficult. I will never regret it and did not think twice about then. Her goal was to work with great teachers and people in the music industry in order to become a better musician. She says, I knew that being in that type of environment would help me grow. Being exposed to all those students and teachers sharing their talent, it is hard not to share and develop as a player and a writer. That is what I needed. As a result of her time in Boston, Carr met several excellent musicians, including Nashville greats Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, and Mindy Smith, and studied with Nashville songwriter Pat Pattison. Pattison once told her, You could sing the phone book to me and make it sound good.
Also, while at Berklee, Carr made several trips to Nashville. Witnessing the sincerity and somehow simplistic grandeur of the great music city, coupled with her love of country, folk, and bluegrass, solidified and fueled Carrs passion and direction in music. She says, I loved Nashville and I love country music. I feel really inspired by them.
There are several adjectives and superlatives one can use to describe the music of this talented and stunningly beautiful writer. Carr often adds an edgy characteristic to her brand of pop country, visible in such tunes as What Turns You On? and What a Mess. Just as frequently, she falls into expressive, moving ballads like Turn Blue, that disclose a less fiery - yet equally passionate - side of the artist. She also effectively cuts her way into the brighter side of country pop rock with songs like Tennessee Nights and How Great a Gift.
Engineer Jim Robeson describes Carrs music and voice as a treat. Simply put, we do not often get to work with vocalist this talented. Carr is currently recording her independent release, Turn Blue, with Robeson at the WAMMIE award-winning Bias Studios. Also a four-time WAMMIE award recipient and two-time Grammy winner, Robeson was the engineer behind the board for Mary Chapin Carpenters Grammy award-winning album Time*Sex*Love*. Rickie Simpkins, currently the mandolin and fiddle man for Emmylou Harris, also came to collaborate on Carrs new EP. An excited Simpkins proclaims I have played and sang with everyone from Emmylou, to Linda Ronstadt, to Dolly Parton and this girl has got it!
Turn Blue captures Carrs talents in a glimpse. Each track demonstrates her impeccable and unique vocals and her personal and mature lyrics. The recording is paving the way for the writers new album. It is her first real mark on the country music scene; however, it is certainly the first of many. Carrs songwriting abilities will definitely allow her to enjoy longevity in the music industry and fulfill the musical aspirations she has been chasing since she was a child.