"There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp."
Stomp and Stammer
Genre: indie rock/pop/americana
Label: Saturn 5 Records
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Based In: Nashville, TN
Influences: Chopin, Mozart, Radiohead, Rolling Stones, Lizzo, Fleetwood Mac, Howling Wolf
Singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz paints musical stories of loss and heartache with a soulful sensibility both intimately aching and defiant with hope. A classically trained pianist and acoustic guitarist with a voice virtuosic and vulnerable, her music is fragrant with Americana roots and a modern indie vibe.
Englenz attributes her melodies to be partially inspired by the natural world. Her interest in environmental activism is shared in her popular web series “Caterwauling with Kristen” where she mimics birdcalls and teaches about avian species.
“I don't know why a certain chord progression makes us want to cry or to laugh,” says Englenz. “If we figured that out, we would probably understand birds and nature much better!”
Englenz’s debut album, ingénue, was recorded in Nashville by three-time Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer for Wilco. It includes a collaboration with five-time Grammy winning gospel legends, The Blind Boys of Alabama, recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. FULL BIO
"Pray For Rain"
FOR RELEASE: OCTOBER 29, 2019
CONTACT: WENDY HAWKE, SATURN 5 RECORDS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturn 5 Records Announces Single Release
“Pray For Rain” by Singer-Songwriter, Kristen Englenz
Recorded with the Blind Boys of Alabama and Produced
By Grammy Nominee and Producer Ken Coomer (Wilco)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, OCTOBER 29, 2019: Saturn 5 Records announces the release of the single “Pray For Rain” by Nashville singer-songwriter Kristen Englenz performed with the Blind Boys of Alabama. The single drops on all platforms November 15, 2019. The single and Englenz’s upcoming full length debut album, ingénue, were recorded by Grammy nominee and producer Ken Coomer, former drummer of Wilco. The album is slated for release February 28, 2020.
Roots music journal No Depression called Englenz’s music “stream of consciousness Beat poetry imbued with good-down-home Southern sensibility.” And Stomp and Stammer said, “There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”
Recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, “Pray For Rain” features Englenz’s soulful melody accompanied by moving vocals of five-time Grammy winning Blind Boys of Alabama. Their voices blend in an awe-inspiring juxtaposition of youth searching for wisdom which only comes with time.
Coomer feels that “Pray For Rain” is a song that needs to be heard. He said, “like Michael Stipe letting everyone figure out what your songs are about, the song is for individual interpretation. It’s genius.” For Coomer, the lyrics encourage one to not be stuck, to find the light at the end of the darkness. “This song speaks to me to keep moving, keep trying to make things better.”
For Englenz, recording with the Blind Boys was a dream come true. “Recording at FAME with its history and iconic music legends felt like an unworldly experience,” relates Englenz. “The ending is so special. It’s like a prayer!”
Besides Englenz on acoustic guitar and vocals, Coomer plays percussion on the track. Ted Pecchio plays electric bass, Jason “Slim” Gambill and Joe Garcia play electric guitar and Robbie Crowell rounds out some of Nashville’s finest session musicians with his keyboard work.
A fast-rising fixture of the East Nashville music scene, Englenz is a classically trained pianist and acoustic guitarist. She also plays French horn on several tracks on the album. With a voice both virtuosic and vulnerable, her music is fragrant with Americana notes and a modern indie vibe.
“Pray for Rain” follows the first single released from the debut album, “Got Me With Goodbye”.
Englenz attributes her melodies as partly inspired by the natural world which she combines with her interest in environmental activism in her popular web series “Caterwauling with Kristen” where she mimics birdcalls and teaches about avian species.
Englenz was recently signed by Atlanta, Georgia based indie label, Saturn 5 Records.
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