Katrina Elam

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A strong-voiced Oklahoma thrush, 21-year-old Katrina Elam makes an impressive, mainstream-friendly debut that augurs well for the long term. Co-writing most of the songs on her first album, Elam has a way with lyrics that's almost as impressive as the voice that sings them. For instance, there's a winsome quality in her blues-tinged reading of "The Breakup Song," which finds her emoting with tear-stained expressiveness over a stark piano, a moaning pedal steel, and lonely fiddle cries, beautifully setting up the chilling closing litany of endgame clichés ("I need some space," "This just feels wrong") that ends with the thud of "Everybody's lived the breakup song." From ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A strong-voiced Oklahoma thrush, 21-year-old Katrina Elam makes an impressive, mainstream-friendly debut that augurs well for the long term. Co-writing most of the songs on her first album, Elam has a way with lyrics that's almost as impressive as the voice that sings them. For instance, there's a winsome quality in her blues-tinged reading of "The Breakup Song," which finds her emoting with tear-stained expressiveness over a stark piano, a moaning pedal steel, and lonely fiddle cries, beautifully setting up the chilling closing litany of endgame clichés ("I need some space," "This just feels wrong") that ends with the thud of "Everybody's lived the breakup song." From that convincing portrait of heartbreak, she shifts easily into a sultry gear on the frenetic country-rock urgency of "I Want a Cowboy," her Shania Twain–like come-ons bolstered by a heated dialogue between fiddle and banjo. She sounds positively triumphant in celebrating her resiliency in the aftermath of a failed romance in "Unbreakable," soaring confidently into her upper range as the band rages, Stones-style, employing stop-time passages and machine-gun guitar bursts. Assured and personable, Elam navigates between ballads and barn burners with affecting élan, serving notice with her vocal savvy and lyrical insight that she's here to stay.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With her eponymous first album, Katrina Elam delivers a likeable, promising contemporary country debut. While she's a little too firmly in sway to the Nashville music machine -- who have helped smooth out any rough edges in her music, making it go down easy and getting it ready for the radio -- she shows some flair as a writer, with sturdy melodies and a good eye for detail. She delivers these tunes with conviction that could have used the support of a little more grit in the production. When she does get a relatively rougher sound, as she does on the nicely randy "I Want a Cowboy," both her voice and songs sound fuller and more appealing. Elam has a nice, sweet voice and shows skill as a songwriter. Sometimes these are submerged a bit too much by the studio gloss, but there are enough moments on Katrina Elam to make it a good listen and it suggests that she'll be able to deliver a really good second album. Here's to hoping that she gets the chance to shake it up a bit next time around and let her personality shine through a bit more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Universal South
  • UPC: 602498624609
  • Catalog Number: 000261002

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Katrina Elam Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Eric Darken Percussion
Chip Davis Background Vocals
David Angell Strings, Background Vocals
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
David Davidson Strings, Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Rob Ickes Dobro
Gordon Kennedy Electric Guitar
Wayne Kirkpatrick Percussion
Anthony LaMarchina Strings, Background Vocals
Chris McHugh Drums
Steve Nathan Piano, Hammond Organ
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Dan Tyminski Background Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin Strings
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Stewart Smith Electric Guitar
Tim Akers Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, Hammond B3
Keith Urban Banjo, Electric Guitar
Monisa Angell Strings, Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Robin Lee Bruce Background Vocals
Wes Hightower Background Vocals
Shannon Forest Drums
Technical Credits
Tony Brown Audio Production
Richie Biggs Engineer
Don Cobb Mastering
David Davidson Composer, String Arrangements
Marcus Hummon Composer
Gordon Kennedy Composer
Julian King Engineer
Wayne Kirkpatrick Composer
Josh Leo Composer
Susan Levy Art Direction
Jimmie Lee Sloas Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Stephony Smith Composer
Jonathan Yudkin Composer, String Arrangements
Chuck Jones Composer
Karen Cronin Art Direction
Robin Lee Bruce Composer
Deanna Bryant Composer
Christi Dannemiller Composer
Amy Russell Mastering
Dave Berg Composer
Eric Conn Mastering
Christophe Dubois Composer
Katrina Elam Composer
Lee Thomas Miller Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Found out by KU

    I never really knew who she was until i went to the Keith Urban concert. She was the opening act and she just blew me away. (not to mention Keith plays on "No End in Sight" *wink, wink*)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Katrina Elam is in a Class by herself

    I was listening to the radio the other day and this song came on, it had a good beat to it and I was not sure who sang the song, when the song was over the D.J. came on the radio and said that was new comer Katrina Elam new song "No End In Sight". Then I thought to myself, what a great song from a new comer, so I decided to go out and purchase her CD, and I listen to the whole CD and it was absolutly AMAZING, this is such a great debut CD I have ever heard in a long, long time. Then what amazed me was, was how old she was, when I found out that she was only 20 years old, that just blew my mind, and also she writes her own songs too. She is really, really talented for someone her age, and her voice sounds like someone much older, and her song writing is idcredable, come to think of it, every song on the CD is a hit, good melody, and great up beat songs too. I don't think there is a song on that CD that I don't like. If I cold rate her a 10 instead of a 5 I would. She is going to be aroud for years to come making great music, and writing great songs. So if you have a chance to pick up Katria's CD I would if I was you, because I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album!

    Katrina sings beautifully, and I really enjoy the positive messages of her songs! This is a great album, and you will love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STRONG EVERYTHING!

    This album is both fresh and good old country. Ms. Elam has a powerful and inspiring voice. It's hard to compare her to anyone as she has a flare all her own. But someone heard me playing this album and asked, "Is that Faith?" Another person just asked, "Who IS that?!" This is one to add to any collection. It has those pieces to blast while driving down the highway, but those melancholy ballads to sit and swoon as well. AN OUTSTANDING DEBUT.

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