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About Katrina Carlson

Katrina Carlson

An extraordinarily gifted singer and songwriter, Katrina Carlson's arresting new CD, Untucked (Kataphonic Records), draws from the full range of human experience she derived from growing up in a small town, attending an Ivy League school, and living in both New York and Los Angeles as well as abroad. "I graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy with a focus in Nuclear Arms Control, so naturally I became a singer/songwriter." Following up on the promise of her debut, Apples for Eve, Katrina's new CD reintroduces the world to an outstanding artist.

Produced by David Darling (Meredith Brooks and Boxing Ghandis) and co-produced by Carlson, the CD rounds up a terrific collection of immaculately crafted and heartfelt songs, each graced by Carlson's impressive voice. The

13-track collection delivers a powerfully inspired song cycle of human emotions. Helping Carlson to fully capture her artistic vision are such musical luminaries as members of The Goo Goo Dolls, Oingo Boingo and Benny Mardones.

Making an impact at AC radio is the album's first single, "I Know You By Heart," a touching romantic duet with singer Benny Mardones, best known for the 1980 hit single, "Into The Night." "'I Know You By Heart' is a rocket ship waiting to be launched and I feel fortunate to be part of such a great song," enthuses Mardones. "In a world where melody and lyrics sometimes get lost in favor of a head splitting beat, this album will remind you why you fell in love with great music in the first place."

Katrina Carlson's roots clearly lie in the smooth 70's rock sounds of Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, and Carole King with echoes of modern musical signposts Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan and Paula Cole also heard in her work. Indeed, Carlson has transcended her initial musical inspirations to carve out her own artistic path. From the sublime emotions that propel "Suddenly Beautiful" to the hard hitting attack of "Closer" (The Freak Song), Untucked resounds with the confidence and conviction of an artist comfortable in her own skin, creating music that explores life's complexities and connection with the human spirit.

Garnering unanimous raves from radio ("I Know You By Heart" is one of the most powerful and touching songs I have ever heard"-Delilah, Jones Radio Network), and print ("Katrina Carlson is the most exciting singer I have heard in a decade, her singing is innovative and strongÂ…you won't be disappointed and will find yourself singing along in no time"-Los Angeles Times), Untucked resonates with an intoxicating immediacy, stylistic diversity and contagious spirit. Pure and simple, this is music with no walls, no boundaries, music that comes straight from the heart. "I have to write from experience and my roots," says Carlson. "I was raised in a Catholic home and brought up with a spirituality, and an appreciation of the full range of human experienceÂ…and the beauty that exists in every person. Most of my songs touch upon that. I love relating to people, that's what I think life is all about."

A native of Paradise Valley, Arizona, Carlson's musical destiny was firmly established at a young age. By twelve, Carlson, the youngest of 11 children, was composing songs on the piano and guitar that were "story-based, meaningful and sometimes just plain fun!" And it would be her diligent attention to storytelling that would characterize her future musical adventures with such songs as "Somewhere Over You," and "Blue Streak Cadillac." "I've always had the philosophy that songs are like mini-movies," Carlson says. "The things I draw inspiration from comes from a place where there tends to be a conflict or some kind of thought provoking idea that I'm wrestling with. Sometimes I just try to flesh out the way I feel through songwriting. Essentially, songwriting is cheap therapy for me." (laughs)

Gaining invaluable hands-on experience at the Manhattan School Of Music and Brooklyn College Opera program, Carlson fearlessly explored all facets of the entertainment industry, broadening her creative axis by taking part in the off-Broadway Cole Porter review, You Never Know, appearing in the Aspen Music Festival and scoring a plum part in the 1999 indie comedy/romance, Special Delivery, which starred Sean Young, Penny Marshall and Nell Carter. Upon landing two songs in the film, Carlson was galvanized to pursue her musical dream. "Even though I was mainly involved with acting at the time, I found myself consumed with songwriting and recording and loving it all thoroughly," says Carlson. "I had been writing songs between acting gigs for many years and I finally decided it was time to seriously pursue recording an album."

Her debut CD, Apples For Eve, released in September of 2001, features songs written by Carlson and Emmy award winning producer, Ron Cohen. With high profile placing of her material in such TV shows as Dawson's Creek, Lost, Passions, the acclaimed feature film, Go Tigers!, and, currently ABC's promotional "TGIF" Friday night fall lineup spots, the album has harvested a groundswell of interest nationwide. And the buzz surrounding this exceptional new artist grew even louder the following year when Carlson was selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2002 Rolling Stone/Jim Beam emerging artist's series.

"Katrina Carlson can do it all," asserts Benny Mardones. "She's a great singer, a great songwriter, and a great musician cut from the same cloth as Carly Simon, Carole King and Sheryl Crow."

Indeed, Katrina Carlson is a musical treasure ripe for discovery; prepare to be enthralled by the sublime charms of Untucked.

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