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.”

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  • “The Extent of Play has a genuinely appealing quality absent from nearly every other local release in this genre..There is a stirring intimacy to these performances that holds you in their grasp.”

     

    Stomp & Stammer

  • “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.”

     

    Immersive Atlanta

  • “With a voice as strong as a redwood and a knack for melody as intuitive as eating a sandwich, Kristen’s got the canoe she needs to stay afloat in the murky waters of the singer-songwriter genre.”

     

    -Ryan Donald (Little Tybee, bassist)

  • “Kristen Englenz is a genuine artist, with a husky soulful voice and a charming presence. She’s got huge potential. Keep an eye on this one.”


    -Eliot Bronson

  • “Kristen is a fresh face on the Atlanta music scene and brings an open vulnerability to the stage. At recent club shows, the audience finds themselves hanging on to every word and chord progression coming from this authentic talent. Merging sounds from artists like Stevie Nicks & Joni Mitchell, and then blending with a modern alt-country angle, this singer-songwriter has a promising career on the lighted stage.”


    -Bill Taylor (The Bitteroots, bassist)

  • “Kristen is a sweet, kind, thoughtful, and talented young woman, and those qualities come through in spades in her music. Backed by her delicately strummed and finger-picked acoustic guitar, her lyrics take you from poignant introspection to a humorous take on the human condition. You’ll leave her show mellow, thoughtful, and entertained. Don’t miss out!”


    -Mark Van Allen (producer, engineer, pedal steel aficionado) 

 
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