Published on March 26th, 2013 | by Adam McIntosh0
Karissa LaRen w/ The Audissey
Natural-Pop/ Neo-Soul describes the sound of Karissa LaRen as she translates moments of clarity, chaos, and honesty into song. LaRen teamed up with producer Stephen Joseph Antonelli to write her debut album, ‘We Are The Sounds’, mixed by Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews.
With a Mother from NYC and a Father from an island in Alaska, where LaRen was born, Karissa was bred by diversity and born into adventure. Her journeys include helping the Katrina victims of New Orleans, serving the HIV community in Baltimore, working with the orphans of Liberia and so on. Most recently, Karissa created an initiative with Parks & People to grow edible gardens at city schools through record sales and fearless love. LaRen’s love for many cultures and her thirst for life become evident in the treasured perspectives of her song writing and her stage performances.
LaRen’s achingly beautiful voice is accompanied by her rhythmic skills on the guitar and drums. “I find myself writing to the drums more than anything. When I feel a certain flow and am being honest with myself, it’s as if the song creates itself.” says LaRen.
As you sing along with Karissa LaRen, she will slip her hand in yours, and you will be joined in the sounds of life from all over the world.
The Audissey is a local Maryland band in every sense of the word. In 2009, Winship Wheatley and Joel Bay, fast friends from Annapolis High School, came together to form a band that includes Joel’s younger brother, Ben, along with Nick Welker and Lester Alexander. They’ve spent two years perfecting songs for their dream album, devoting every spare moment to nurturing their hopes of releasing the new album and having a 2012 East Coast tour.
“Our sound has a lot of energy mixed with syncopated rhythms and subtle key shifting,” Winship says of the band’s sound. “That’s the common thread. Other then that, I think we sound like The Roots with John Mayor, Maroon 5, and Coldplay all mixed together! I might be dreaming, but that’s how I see it.”
Recently the band released their first album at a performance at Rams Head Center Stage in the Maryland Live Casino, and they’ve received a phenomenal response online at Reddit. You can hear the new album online at theaudissey.bandcamp.com. Also find show dates on their website, theaudissey.com, or on the music website, Reverbnation, reverbnation.com/theaudissey.
Doors at 7:00pm
Show at 7:45pm