221 Newbury St
Danvers, MA 01923
Local singer/songwriter Kirsten Manville is releasing her second solo CD, entitled Some People Sing, a full-length album with 10 original songs. The album release show will be on Wednesday, December 6 at 8 p.m. at Breakaway, 221 Newbury Street Route 1 North, Danvers, MA. The album was recorded in Lynn at Briola Records and was engineered and co-produced by Brian Maes. Manville will be joined by a full band for her show: Jackie Damsky (violin), Kook Lawry (guitar), Brian Maes (keyboards and harmonica), Tim Moynihan (bass), and Jack O’Soro (drums). These are the musicians who played on the CD. Manville, a Wakefield resident and Reading native, maintains a busy performance schedule, both as a solo artist and as one half of the duo Kirsten & Dave (Simmons).
With elements of Americana, folk, country, and blues, the singer/songwriter creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries. Deceptively simple lyrics paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. From the pain of finding and losing love, and hard times in a down-on-its-luck town, to the small pleasures of line-dried laundry and homemade pie, and the escapism of a romantic night for two, Manville’s warm and sultry voice draws the listener in, infusing the songs with feeling and depth.
“Music, and specifically singing and songwriting, have always been the primary way I have tried to make sense of the world and the ups and downs of life,” she says. “And hopefully, listeners can relate to the emotions or stories depicted in my songs, and take comfort in knowing someone else is feeling the same way or has the same questions or wants the same things. The is what music has always done for me. Plus, singing is really fun, and it just makes me feel good.”
Kirsten’s first solo album Come With Me was a Top 5 pick in the June 2014 issue of Metronome Magazine, and she was featured on the cover of the magazine in August 2014. Metronome reviewer Douglas Sloan stated “With naturally gifted vocal command, Manville explores the intricacies of love, life, and the finer things with a sharp eye on details. Her lyrics are heartfelt and genuine and delivered with just the right amount of instinct and emotion.”
Kirsten’s songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas. Her song “A Simple Life” spent time in the Top 30 charts (peaking at number 11) of The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song “Play My Guitar” has been in the Top 20 songs on WOSRadio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a winner in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White and Joe Jencks.
The new CD will be for sale at the release show. It is also available from CD Baby, iTunes, and on Spotify.
Some People Sing by Kirsten Manville – Release Show information:
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Breakaway – 221 Newbury Street Route 1 North, Danvers, MA
(No cover charge, but a hat will be passed for the band)