Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon Van Etten (born February 26, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter from New Jersey.

Sharon Van Etten was born in Clinton, New Jersey. In 1999, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ending up working at the Red Rose, a coffee and record shop and music venue in Murfreesboro, for about five years. In 2004, she moved back to New Jersey, where she worked at Perryville Wine and Spirits. Van Etten moved to New York in 2005.

Van Etten self-released handmade CDs until 2009, when her debut studio recording was released. Before her studio debut, she worked at Astor Wines and as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records,

Because I Was in Love

Van Etten’s official debut, Because I Was in Love, was released on May 26, 2009, on Language of Stone, and was manufactured and distributed by Drag City. “Because I Was in Love” was produced by Greg Weeks at Hexham Head studio in Philadelphia.

epic

On September 21, 2010, she released her second album epic on Ba Da Bing Records. With no set band at the time, Van Etten called on friends Jeffrey Kish, Dave Hartley, Jessica Larrabee, Andy LaPlant, Cat Martino, Meg Baird, Jim Callan, and Brian Christinzio. The album was produced by Brian McTear at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia. NPR described it as possessing “a fuller sound compared to the super-spare arrangements on her first two self-produced albums, but epic still feels incredibly intimate, with lots of room to breathe and unfold.”

Tramp

Her third studio album, Tramp, was released on February 7, 2012, on Jagjaguwar. Tramp was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, and recorded in his home studio in Brooklyn, NY. The album features musicians Doug Keith, Thomas Bartlett, Bryan Devendorf, Bryce Dessner, Matt Barrick, Rob Moose, Julianna Barwick, Peter Silberman, Logan Coale, Clarice Jensen, Ben Lanz, Zach Condon, and Jenn Wasner.

Are We There

May 2014 brought about the release of Van Etten’s fourth record, Are We There on Jagjaguwar. Van Etten self-produced the record with Stewart Lerman, with the guidance of bandmate and manager Zeke Hutchins. Most of the recording was done at Hobo Sound Studios in Weehawken, New Jersey, with piano tracks being recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The record features musicians Zeke Hutchins, Doug Keith, Heather Woods Broderick, Dave Hartley, Adam Granduciel, Marisa Anderson, Stuart D. Bogie, Mickey Free, Mary Lattimore, Little Isidor, Jacob Morris, Torres‘ Mackenzie Scott, Shearwater‘s Jonathan Meiburg, Lower DensJana Hunter and Efterklang affiliate Peter Broderick.

I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP

In 2015, the “I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP” was released on Jagjaguwar. It is composed of the songs that did not make it onto “Are We There”.

Touring

Musical style

Van Etten’s music is characterized by a heavy use of harmonies. Van Etten’s songs were described by the music website Pitchfork Media as having “echoes of folk tradition.”NPR Music asserts: “Her songs are heartfelt without being overly earnest; her poetry is plainspoken but not overt, and her elegant voice is wrapped in enough rasp and sorrow to keep from sounding too pure or confident.”

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Name Van Etten, Sharon
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Short description American singer-songwriter
Date of birth 26 February 1981
Place of birth New Jersey, United States
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