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About Lori

Lori Ellen has the rare ability to render the casual listener spellbound.  “The dreams woven in her lyrics inspire her journey and grip any audience lucky enough to attend,” wrote Americana Highways critic Andrew Blanton. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Lori is an Austin-based folk singer-songwriter who transforms her shadow into light as musical alchemy, and shares her song to empower others to do the same. She delivers steady, polished vocals backed by raw honesty that invite the listener into the fractured fairy tale of the human experience. Her heart forward lyrics draw out the gift from the wound, the cactus blossom from the desert. “When she sings, nature sings. She is and has the truth of a gift,” wrote Connor Charlton of The Absolution Train.  Her music has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz. Lori has traveled across the vast american landscape sharing her songs, with notable performances at Utopiafest and the legendary Cactus Cafe. 

Canyon Wren

Lori is currently playing, writing, and recording folk music with her bandmate Eva Van Houten, who plays fiddle and mandolin. Together, they are "Canyon Wren", inspired by the bird who makes its home in rock crevices and places out of the ordinary, as well as uses the sound of its song to protect its sacred space. Lori and Eva blend beautiful harmonies together with nature inspired lyrics to create a folky, resonant sound. Both Eva and Lori share their gifts of music with children as educators. 

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