Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vol State Singer Crosses Genres with Edgy, Blues Sound

Carly Koehn is a 19-year-old Vol State student who has already accomplished what many only dream about. She has released an album, which you may like if you enjoy music from Adele or Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She has also made an appearance as an extra on an episode of ABC's "Nashville."

Her self-titled debut EP was released last summer. The sound ranges from blues/rock, pop/soul to edgy roots. Her smoky voice can move easily to fit any mood. I went to Vol State's book store and I purchased her album. I wanted to know who I was interviewing. I found something different on each track. One of my favorites is "Midnight Carnival". It gives a sexy tone, that could make a woman feel as if the world is her personal catwalk.

I asked Carly if she could compare her sound to any other musicians' style.

"I like to think that my music does not sound specifically like anyone, I think that it is unique," she said. "Some of it sounds almost Appalachian, while the rest of it has a vintage vibe making it more timeless than a lot of other things that are put out right now."

Carly performed in Nashville at the popular bar Third and Lindsley 

Carly's music definitely appeals to listeners that vary from her own age to even her parents.She say she "digs" the fact that her parents and grandparents listen to her music and come to her shows.

When asked what inspires her to write songs, she simply replied "growing up". Her themes range from that first heart break to finding one's way through life.

 "It is focused around that part of life that you are trying to figure out," said Carly.

I asked her if there was a particular musical style she was going for.

"As far as artists inspiring my music, I think what has inspired me is not any particular band but being southern without being country. I think it sounds like Nashville. It embodies this sound of Nashville that is kind of like Creedence Clearwater Revival. They are southern but not country".

"I love 80's rock anthems, I have been known to belt out the "Promise" by When in Rome".

Carly proved her words to be true because just as she finished her statement, she belted out a verse from the

Carly is an amazing talent, but don't take my word for it. You can see for yourself here.

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