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Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten American singer-songwriter

American singer-songwriter
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Intro American singer-songwriter
A.K.A. Шарон Ван Эттен
Is Singer Musician Composer Songwriter Guitarist Actor
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio Music
Gender female
Birth 26 February 1981, Belleville, USA
Age: 39 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Genre:
Pop music
Instruments:
Guitar
Voice
Sharon Van Etten
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Biography

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

Early life

Van Etten was born in Belleville, New Jersey and lived in Nutley, NJ before moving to Clinton as a pre-teen, where she attended North Hunterdon High School at which she participated in the chorus and performed in stage musicals. Later, she moved to Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University and studied recording, but dropped out of college after a year. Van Etten ended 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 City in 2005.

Career

Van Etten at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival

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 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, Van Etten 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, and Andy LaPlant of She Keeps Bees, Cat Martino, Meg Baird, Jim Callan, and Brian Christinzio. The first song recorded for the album was "Love More", recorded in December 2009 by producer Brian McTear for Weathervane Music's Shaking Through documentary video series. The remainder of the album was produced by Brian McTear with engineer Amy Morrissey in May 2010 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

Van Etten's 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, New York. Additional recording took place at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia, where the album was also mixed with Engineers and Mixers Brian McTear and Jonathan Low. 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 studio album, Are We There, on Jagjaguwar. Van Etten 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 Dens' Jana Hunter, and Efterklang touring member Peter Broderick. The EP I Don't Want to Let You Down, a compilation of songs that were not included on Are We There, was released on Jagjaguwar in 2015.

Remind Me Tomorrow

On October 2, 2018, Van Etten released a new track entitled "Comeback Kid" and announced her next album Remind Me Tomorrow, which was released on January 18, 2019. On February 28, 2019, Van Etten appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform the single "Seventeen".

Musical style

Van Etten's music is characterized by a heavy use of harmonies. Pitchfork described her songs 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." With "Comeback Kid" and Remind Me Tomorrow, she introduced electronic sounds into her music.

As an actress

Since 2016, Van Etten has appeared in both seasons of the Netflix drama The OA as Rachel, a fellow abductee along with Prairie in Dr. Percy's basement lab/terrarium. Rachel and the other captives are subjected to after-life experiments while conspiring over a period of years to possibly escape, and at one point, Rachel sings a song of remembrance. Van Etten also appeared in episode six of the 2017 Twin Peaks series on Showtime.

In April 2019, it was announced Van Etten had been cast in Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always directed by Eliza Hittman.

Personal life

Van Etten gave birth to her first child, a son, in 2017. After living in New York City for 15 years, she moved with her family to Los Angeles in September, 2019.

Discography

Albums

  • Because I Was in Love (2009)
  • Epic (2010)
  • Tramp (2012)
  • Are We There (2014)
  • Remind Me Tomorrow (2019)

EPs

  • Daytrotter Session (2010)
  • NPR Tiny Desk Concert (2010)
  • Amazon Artist Lounge EP (2014)
  • Are We There - Sampler (2014)
  • I Don't Want to Let You Down EP (2015)

Singles

  • 2007: "Much More Than That" / "Over Your Shoulder" (7") - Abaton Book Company, Lost Lathe Series (limited edition: 30 hand-numbered copies)
  • 2010: "One Day" / "If You Were Here" - Ba Da Bing!
  • September 10, 2010: "I'm Giving Up on You" / "You Didn't Really Do That" (7") - Polyvinyl Record Company – PRC-206 (limited edition: 500 copies on black vinyl)
  • 2012: "Serpents" (7") - Jagjaguwar
  • 2012: "Leonard" (7") - Jagjaguwar
  • 2012: "Give Out" - Jagjaguwar
  • 2012: "Magic Chords" - Jagjaguwar
  • 2013: "We Are Fine" (7") - Jagjaguwar
  • April 2013: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" / "A Wake for the Minotaur" (7") by Shearon Van Ettenwater (Subpop) - a collaboration between Van Etten and Shearwater for Record Store Day 2013 (limited edition: 1,000 copies)
  • 2014: "Taking Chances" (7") - Jagjaguwar
  • 2014: "Our Love" - Jagjaguwar
  • 2014: "Every Time The Sun Comes Up"- Jagjaguwar
  • 2014: "Nothing Will Change" - Jagjaguwar
  • January 2015: "I Don't Want to Let You Down" (digital single) - Jagjaguwar
  • August 2016: "Not Myself" (digital single) - Jagjaguwar - released in support of the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in memory of the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
  • March 2017: Sharon Van Etten / Sam Cohen – Kinderliederbuch zur Charakterbildung (Children's Songbook for Character Building) (7") - a limited-edition promo single for Resistance Radio: The Man in the High Castle Album, a soundtrack for the Amazon Studios TV series The Man in the High Castle. Van Etten covered "The End of the World" and Cohen covered "The House of the Rising Sun".
  • 2018: "Comeback Kid" – #20 Adult Alternative Songs
  • 2019: "Seventeen" - Jagjaguwar – #9 Adult Alternative Songs
  • 2020: "Beaten Down" - Jagjaguwar

Music videos

  • "Magic Chords" (2012)
  • "Taking Chances" (2014)
  • "Our Love" (2014)
  • "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" (2015)
  • "Your Love is Killing Me" (2015)
  • "Leonard" (2017)
  • "For You" (2018)
  • "Comeback Kid" (2018)
  • "Seventeen" (2019)
  • "Jupiter 4" (2019)
  • "No One's Easy To Love" (2019)
  • "Beaten Down" (2020)

Other contributions

  • The Free People short film Rangeen, featuring Freida Pinto, uses Van Etten's song "Love More"
  • Lent her voice to the Corona "Find Your Beach" campaign, covering Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies"
  • V Magazine music video collaboration with director and photographer Karen Collins
  • Ace and Jig song and model collaboration
  • April 2009: "Coming Home", written by Jeremy Joyce, for the feature film Woman's Prison (vocals and guitar)
  • August 2009: "Kettering", "Thirteen", "Two", and "Shiva" on Hospice by The Antlers (vocals)
  • 2010: Van Etten contributes vocals to two tracks on Beirut's album The Rip Tide
  • March 2011: "Think You Can Wait" by The National, from the soundtrack to the film Win Win (backing vocals)
  • April 2012: "Serpents" was featured in the season 2 finale of Lost Girl, "Flesh and Blood"
  • December 2012: A cover of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do" was recorded with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks for the season 3 finale of Boardwalk Empire, "Margate Sands"
  • December 2012: "Prisoners", with J Mascis, on The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver
  • January 2013: Van Etten performed at John Cale's tribute to Nico, Life Along the Borderline, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • July 2013: "Serpents" was featured in the season 4 trailer for The Walking Dead at Comic-Con
  • August 2013: Van Etten designed a limited edition charity T-shirt which was being sold through the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for Women in Need (WIN), a charity that provides safe housing for homeless women and their children in New York City
  • January 20, 2014: Writing and performing in the film Song One, starring Anne Hathaway
  • February 2014: Producing, recording, and performing a cover of The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" for the Amazon children's TV show Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street
  • November 2014: "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" was used in the Season 3 Elementary episode "The Five Orange Pipz"
  • 2015: Performed at Sundance Next Festival
  • April 2015: Featured on the song "Sunshine on My Back" by The National, from the Trouble Will Find Me recording sessions
  • July 2015: End credit songwriting for the film Tig
  • 2016: Ace and Jig spring 2016 Fashion Week video, featuring "I Wish I Knew", for Vogue.com Madewell feature
  • May 2016: Appeared on the Grateful Dead tribute album Day of the Dead, singing "To Lay Me Down", credited to Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten & Friends
  • June 2016: "Every Time the Sun Comes Up" is used for the "Wedding" Volvo XC90 automobile television advertisement
  • September 2016: Scored the Katherine Dieckmann film Strange Weather, which starred Holly Hunter and appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter's Jon Frosch praised Van Etten's contributions to the film: "The authentic-feeling Southern ambience, enhanced by Sharon Van Etten's low-key, country-inflected score, is one of the film's most potent assets."
  • December 2016: Featured in an acting role as Rachel in The OA, which debuted on Netflix on December 16, 2016
  • 2017: "Tarifa" was performed during the credit sequence of part six of Twin Peaks: The Return
  • 2017: The song "Best I Can" from the film Dina, written and performed by Michael Cera and featuring Van Etten, was unsuccessfully nominated for Best Song in a Documentary at the 2017 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.
  • 2017: "Passion and Love" appeared on the Planned Parenthood benefit compilation 7-Inches for Planned Parenthood.
  • 2018: Performed at the BBC Proms season, singing LCD Soundsystem's "New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down"
  • May 2019: Featured on the song "The Pull of You" by The National, from the album I Am Easy to Find.
  • June 2019: Performed at the Glastonbury Festival.
  • 2019: Austin City Limits http://acltv.com/episode/45/sharon-van-etten-lucy-dacus/
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