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Merry Ellen Kirk


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Evocative/eclectic alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, Feather & a Leaf (live, 2013); most recent studio release, Firefly Garden (2011)

See also:

Merry Ellen Kirk's site

Merry Ellen Kirks Reverb Nation page

Merry Ellen Kirk also is part of the duo, The Shakespears

Comparisons:

Sarah McLachlan, Imogen Heap, Tori Amos

Covers/own material:

Own, co-written, and occasional covers

General comments:

Merry Ellen Kirk makes incredible music, especially for one so young. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

Either

Recordings:


Invisible War

Release info:

2009—Wave Alias Music

Availability:

See Merry Ellen Kirk's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Merry Ellen Kirk—vocals, keyboards

Guest artists:

Jeff Bradshaw—drums
Jayni Millard—bass
Peter Warren—piano, guitar, keyboards, percussion, additional instrumentation, baritone guitar, programming, backing vocals
Leonardo Bella—mandolin (9)
Rich Prather—backing vocals (10)

Produced by:

Pete Warren

Comments:

Merry Ellen Kirk's debut is a striking one, she writes sensitive yet evocative songs. She has a touch of Imogen Heap's delivery at times, while the music betrays a Sarah McLachlan influence. "Blinding me" is one of the best songs, a piano framing the delicate vocal. "Let it find you" shows Kirk at her best, her sweet vocal set against a nicely constructed backdrop. She's made a lovely album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Firefly Garden

Release info:

2011—Humpty Dumpty Music

Availability:

See Merry Ellen Kirk's site

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Merry Ellen Kirk—vocals, keyboards

Guest artists:

Justin Rowton—bass (7)
Matt Izzaguire—bass (1, 3, 6)
Aaron Krause—guitar (6)

Produced by:

Aaron Krause

Comments:

Merry Ellen Kirk's new album is as carefully wrought as its predecessor and has some amazing songs. "Candy" is a sensitive ballad that recalls early Sarah McLachlan. "Masquerade" is a suggestive song that she handles very well. She really has a way with these things. It's an astoundingly good album. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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