|Genres||Old-time music, folk, indie pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, square dance caller|
|Instruments||Guitar, fiddle, body percussion, vocals, harmonica, keyboards, banjo, ukulele|
|Associated acts||Uncle Earl, Sometymes Why, The Jolly Bankers, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Jeffrey Lewis & the Junkyard, Aoife O’Donovan, The Bright Siders|
Kristin Andreassen is an American musician and dancer. In December 2003 she joined the old-time music group Uncle Earl. She is a member of Sometymes Why and The Jolly Bankers. She has released a solo album and EP, and her second full-length solo album, Gondolier, is due to be released in early 2015.
Kristin Andreassen grew up in Portland, Oregon. She sings, plays harmonica, piano, guitar, banjo-uke and fiddle and writes songs. From 1999 onwards she has been working as a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, teaching & performing various related forms of percussive dance: clogging, tap, Irish & Canadian step dance.
Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes, a song she wrote with Megan Downes, won the 2006 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the "Children's" category. The song was included on her 2007 solo album; she also appeared in a video for the song.
Her first solo album, Kiss Me Hello, was released in 2007. On November 22, 2008, she appeared on A Prairie Home Companion as a solo artist. Her solo album Simmon came out in 2013, and in 2014 she has announced the upcoming solo album Gondolier.
Awards and nominations
- 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Won Children's Category for "Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes"
- 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest - Nominated in Gospel Category for "Easy in the Early"
- 2006: Kiss Me Hello
- 2013: Simmon - EP
- 2015: Gondolier
- With The Jolly Bankers
- 2003: Death & Taxes
- 2005: Tax Return
- With Uncle Earl
- 2004: Going to the Western Slope EP
- 2004: Raise a Ruckus EP
- 2005: She Waits for Night
- 2007: Waterloo, TN
- With Sometymes Why
- 2005: Sometimes Why
- 2009: Your Heart is a Glorious Machine
Selected albums featuring Kristin Andreassen:
- 2003: Leave No Millionaire Behind by Pierce Woodward (vocals, background vocals)
- 2005: 'Til I Know by James Leva (foot percussion, vocal harmony)
- 2012: Take This Song With You by Maya and the Ruins (vocal harmony)
- 2013: Departure & Farewell by Hem (choir/chorus)
Incomplete list of songs written/co-written by Andreassen as covered by other artists:
- 2006: "Even the Lost Creek" (co-written with Dango Rose) - covered by Laura Cortese in Even the Lost Creek
- 2006: "Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes" - covered by Tyne Daly for Daly's cabaret
- 2006: "Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color for Your Eyes" - covered by choirs/marching bands for Daly's cabaret
- 2006: "Like the Snow" - covered by Lissa Schneckenburger in A Different Game
- 2006: "Pine" (co-written with Laura Cortese) - covered by The Poison Oaks in Pine
- 2006: "The Shiny Penny" - covered by Flynn Cohen in Mellow Yell
- 2009: "The Red Shoes Blues" - covered by The Sweetback Sisters in Chicken Ain't Chicken
- 2009: "Virginia is For Lovers" (co-written with Mary Lucey) - covered by The Sweetback Sisters in Chicken Ain't Chicken
- 2010: "Send me a Letter" - covered by Joy Kills Sorrow in Darkness Sure Becomes This City
In film & TV
The following is a list of songs by Andreassen or her related ensembles, as included on film and TV:
- “The Sound Asleep” from Sometymes Why’s Your Heart Is a Glorious Machine was on ABC’s Private Practice Episode 310 (2009)
- “Sisters of the Road” from Uncle Earl’s Waterloo, Tennessee was featured in the film Cedar Rapids (2011)
- “Daybreak” from Simmon EP was featured in the film Angel’s Perch (2014)
Further reading, multimedia
- Kristin Andreassen on A Prairie Home Companion
- Music Video for Crayola Doesn't Make A Color For Your Eyes
- "John Lennon Songwriting Contest". July 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
- "Kristin Andreassen - "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes" on Vimeo". July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- "A Prairie Home Companion for November 22, 2008". November 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- "Kristin Andreassen". Allmusic. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
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