Karen Chisholm

For fans of:Sheryl Crow, Christina Perry, Colbie Caillat, Dido, Feist

Karen Chisholm infuses sugar and grit into her genre-blurring tunes that range from rhythmic rock and addictive pop to dark, sensual blues, soaring ballads, and even a sweet little ditty here and there. Her engaging vocals (reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Christina Perri, Feist, The Cranberries, Janis Joplin and Regina Spektor), haunting melodies, cinematic sound and imagery, and direct lyrics have a way of permeating listeners’ hearts and minds, and gaining her new fans daily.

Her third release and first rock album, Love’s Road, confronts betrayal and champions freedom and deliverance through fire. Love’s Road is “the wind whipping my hair while I’m tapping the wheel and gettin’ the hell outta town as fast as I can,” she laughs.

Love’s Road was produced by Ramy Antoun, whose long roster of credits includes The Black Eyed Peas, Seal, Pat Benatar, Matchstick Men, Crazy Beautiful, The OC, Warner Brothers, Hollywood Records, Universal Music, and a live opening for the Rolling Stones with Ed Kowalczyk. Instrumentation on Love’s Road includes talented musicians such as Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live house band), Sergio Andrade (Lifehouse), Brian Batch (Alpha Rev), violist Orhan Çelebi, guitarist Jacob Hildebrand, soundtrack composer Mark Ford, and many more brilliant musicians.

“My favorite track, ‘Seventeen’ was inspired by young love and my hell-raising, racecar-driving teenage daddy raising three kids on my mama’s back. Ramy really captured the 60s racing vibe I was looking for, and my performance felt inspired. I almost think someone snuck Sheryl Crow into the studio without introducing us. It gives me goose bumps. I am really proud and humbled to be able to work with Ramy,” beams Chisholm.

Michigan-raised and Austin-based Chisholm has written songs all her life, and pursued recording and performing since only 2008. But since then she’s been busy, and has done more than many artists do with a whole team behind them. In 2013, she spent two months in Los Angeles introducing herself to filmmakers and Grammy artists while starting the work on Love’s Road. She returned to Austin via a seven-day photo shoot across the desert Southwest with magazine cover photographer Rodney Bursiel to promote the new album, and she produced a video that chronicles her adventure. Though she took some time off in 2014 to spend time with her family and travel, Chisholm spent the rest of that year working on the album.

In 2012 while gigging in Austin at venues like the Saxon Pub and making tour runs to California, Michigan and Colorado, Chisholm landed placements in independent films and an iPhone app. She also released her Perfect World EP as part of a full-production Perfect World Show with choreographed video, lights, and effects that was held at the North Door Theatre in Austin. In 2011, she released an animated film-short music video “Rhapsody,” which earned her a red-carpet walk at the Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood. She also produced a music video called “Garage Sale Queen,” which she wrote about her mother. In 2010 she released her first album, Random Year, on which she collaborated with four producers, and also released the video “Snow Globe,” which placed third in a national songwriting competition.

Chisholm has been through a lot in her young life, and the color of that experience is in every one of her songs. Raised by teenage parents in Michigan, she found her own way in the world, landing in Texas as a young teen, and putting herself through college. After college, she married, raised two children, one with a disability, and battled cancer. She has survived the suicide of friends, assault, and betrayal, and her inner grit shines through her contagious spirit and smile. It’s all there in her songs – not the details, but the sound and the feeling and the hard-earned wisdom and the confidence in that light at the end of the tunnel.

It’s honest songwriting. She writes into the pain, honors the pain. You can hear her processing through situations, and the hook lines seem to come to her. She has met the enemy, and she won. –– Dillion McKensy, KOOP 91.7 FM Radio