Who is Kristen Englenz?!
Kristen Englenz learned to read music before words. She grew up learning to communicate through piano, guitar, french horn, and singing; and eventually added the human language and bird calls to the mix (she won an international bird-calling contest in 2009). Englenz studied music performance, fine art, and a little bit of everything else on scholarship at the University of North Carolina Asheville graduating magna cum laude in 2012. Since graduation Kristen has dedicated her life to spreading happiness, consoling, and connecting with others through the performance of songs delivered unabated by her whimsical and highly unconventional self.
Kristen’s mellifluous voice and deeply felt songs carry layers of meaning, which peeled back reveal a vulnerability and passion for emotional expression that has been catching the attention of the Folk/Americana scene across the Southeast.
Kristen’s fist EP, The Extent of Play, recorded at studilaroche by Atlanta sound engineer Benjamin Price (Little Tybee, Chris Stalcup & The Grange) features her breathy voice and finger-picked guitar in a stripped down, live-to-tape setting.
“The Extent of Play has a genuinely appealing quality absent from nearly every other local release in this genre,” writes Jeff Clark of Stomp & Stammer. “There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”
Englenz’s newly released music video cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” was filmed live in Atlanta, GA by Tim Redman. The video captures Kristen Englenz (vocals, acoustic), Colin Agnew (percussion), Robby Handley (upright bass), and Matthew Pendrick (electric guitar) in a night-time setting accompanied by a symphony of insects.
Immersive Atlanta’s Guillermo Castro wrote: “The video focuses its attention on the intimacy of the performance and the subtle interactions between the players… Englenz does opt for a slower and more restrained approach, which helps accentuate the song’s innate sense of magic and mystery.”