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Erin McKeown

Raised in Fredricksburg, VA, singer/songwriter Erin McKeown began her folk career by performing in local clubs and coffeehouses at night. By day, she attended Brown University to study ethnomusicology, a field that would eventually fuel the diversity and depth of her own music. In 1995, McKeown entered the mid-Atlantic song contest held by the songwriters' association in Washington, DC, and finished as a semi-finalist. With proof that others believed in her talent, she worked hard to found a label of her own, where she could record her music free of outside constraints. After creating TVP Records, she enlisted help from artists like Ben Demerath, Katryna Nields, and Beth Amsel to record her debut album, Monday Morning Cold.

In 2000, McKeown completed her second album, Distillation, which was initially released under her own TVP label before receiving wider exposure courtesy of a partnership with Signature Records. McKeown continued to shop various labels, and 2003's Grand marked her debut release for Nettwerk. Two years later, she and producer Tucker Martine came together to record We Will Become Like Birds, an album that featured duets with Argentine artist Juana Molina and singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey. North American tour dates with Ani DiFranco -- another female folk singer with a strong independent streak -- followed shortly thereafter.

McKeown's skill on multiple instruments -- particularly guitar, piano, banjo, and mandolin -- earned her additional gigs, including a spot in the band Voices on the Verge and guest appearances on albums by Dan Bern, Andy Stochansky, 10,000 Maniacs, Martin Sexton, and Dar Williams. Her solo career remained at the top of her agenda, however, and she returned to the studio to record a standards album, Sing You Sinners, in 2006. Hundreds of Lions followed in 2009, marking McKeown's first release for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label. McKeown also joined the board of the Future of Music Coalition and was a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society in 2012. For 2013's politically minded Manifestra -- which was funded via the PledgeMusic platform by her fans in six days -- McKeown co-wrote a song with MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow, collaborated with Polly Paulusma and Ryan Montbleau on other tracks and released the album on her own imprint, TVP Records. ~ Charlotte Dillon & Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Nice voice.
juliajean17
I love Born to Hum.
First heard Erin sing Blackbird on the radio and hunted for a long time to find out who that was. Since finding out it's been a most pleasurable experience.
ezoiss
Thumbs Up
First time I heard her was on the Voices on the Verge album. Going from that to hearing the songs solo is such a special treat. I'm grateful I was able to have that sequence of discovery.
Cool stuff - no doubt.
stacy.zell
cool riffs
jacklyngambl e
I've been a fan since Distillation came out. Finally got a chance this year to see her in concert. People don't know what they're missing. She has so many styles that everyone should be able to find something they like.
Saw her with Jill Sobule. They were both terrific!
bmxgrl2323
This song always gets my foot tappin away by the time the song is over. Makes any mood better.
singin and strummin makes my world a little bit happier
ya i be luvin another of RBR's lil leading ladies...ya, miss ani will always be in a catagorie of her own...but erin indeedy is a talented soul...
I saw her a few weeks ago. She opened for Ani. She put on a great show and she came out and did a couple of songs with Ani. I love her she has a great energy and a great sound. Don't understand the need to compare new artist discoveries to other artist. Why not just take the music for what it is? Enjoy it or move on to something else.
Definitely a different "soul" than Ani DiFranco, as well as sound. This is no dis to either. Erin really sounds great, and I'd like to hear more!
I think she sounds a little bit like Kate Nash. Just a little bit.
talph9
i don't see the Ani sound either... Erin's sound is generally warm and positive (although the lyris aren't always).

Ani's sound is agressive and jarring; less musical and more performance poetry perhaps.

I think the Brandi/KT connection is much stronger, as both have strong vocal sounds and a warmer, musical quality.
dianeandruss
Dunno, I hear more KT Tunstall than Ani or Brandi.
jessedphilli p s
Brandi Carlile and Regina Spektor, yes; Ani DiFranco, not so much. That's why I like her.
blue7530
Not to be mean but, just because she's got short hair and looks a lot like ani difranco doesnt mean pandora should put them as being similar. i've never been into ani, and after listening to a few of erin's songs i actually really enjoy her music.
sledgirl99
Erin is Awesome in concert, once a million years ago it seems, she opened for Ani DiFranco Ive been hooked since.
She's ok. She tries too hard though, like she has something to prove.
I love fierce women!
I love this woman, As Fast As I Can is a fantastic song.
Wow. The song "float off of "we will become like birds" is really, really good.

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