Kristie McCracken Wants You To 'Let Go & Grow'
With just a microphone, guitar and her voice, Canadian singer/songwriter Kristie McCracken had us under her spell in an instant last year when we came across the acoustic rendition of her song, 'Lullaby'. Encouraging, patient and tender, she captivated with the gentle, unvarnished beauty, mesmerizing allure and heartfelt vulnerability of her touchingly beautiful vocals.
An active member of the Vancouver music scene in both her capacity as a solo artist and as a member of the world-music and reggae infused r'n'b group The Ponderosas, McCracken recently released a fully fleshed out version of her 'For Brothers And Past Lovers' EP in the form of her debut 'Let Go And Grow' album. Fired by her acoustically inspired, r'n'b-infused soulfulness, the album is a warmly inviting collection of maturely thoughtful lyricism and subtly sophisticated, genre-melding creativity that reflects an artist who is adroitly expanding her musical horizons as she investigates the redemptive, transformational seasons of change that buffet life, love and identity.
Euphoniously engaging, compassionate, sensitive and tender, her voice is bounded by the pristine clarity of her maturely articulate vocal tone. Singing with the kind of hushed beauty and dreamy wonder that proves to be giddily seductive, McCracken expresses her keenly observed and effortlessly heartfelt emotions with an authentically touching candor and insightfully poised intelligence.
Displaying a keenly sophisticated instinct for crafting polished arrangements and astutely ear-catching melodies that keep the listener's attention with subtly engaging flourishes and compelling shades of emotion, 'Let Go And Grow''s standout tracks are many: the mellow groove, lush keys and tempered harmonies of Retrograde''s neo-soul accented wanderlust; 'Lullaby''s gently swaying, latin-flavored percussion, acoustic guitar and loving encouragement; the mellow keys, organ accents and yearning electric guitar lick of 'Where Are You''s longing heart; and the astral shimmer, hazy swirl and loping groove of 'Celestial Vibrations' sensual synchronicity.
Authentic, polished and sophisticated, with 'Let Go And Grow' McCracken has produced an album that is effortlessly suffused with giddy, tender beauty and searching, heartfelt emotion that so meaningfully informs the process of emotional and intellectual transformation that we all go through on our way to self-acceptance.