Rise Up

by Erika Kulnys

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Watch the title track here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sCTmwyKHcs

Erika Kulnys connects deeply to audiences with her powerful voice, authenticity, innovative piano work, and infectious joy.
A contemporary singer-songwriter, Erika works across genres to write heart-opening songs that have won much attention on her native soil in Canada. Her last album, Angel on the Road, won Music Nova Scotia’s 2015 Inspirational Recording of the Year, stayed in the Top Ten on local charts, was a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s best new artist and received international airplay. In 2014 Erika was a finalist for Best Female Artist in the International Acoustic Music Awards for her song, Had to Come Home.

Erika’s sixth studio release, Rise Up, is a social justice-themed album, recorded at Signature Sounds by Mark Thayer (James Taylor, Josh Ritter, Richard Shindell) and featuring musicians Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney), Laurie MacAllister (Red Molly) and Jim Henry (Mary Chapin-Carpenter) to name a few. Rise Up travels through folk-pop, Americana, and rock to explore the depths of human love and suffering, and calls us to unite globally for peace and equality. Throughout, Erika’s songs reflect universal human experiences with passion and acute honesty, while the album’s production uses the many colours of strings, dobro, percussion, and harmonies to create a living landscape of sound and story.

Though her roots grow deep in story-telling folk traditions, Erika is also classically trained, a poet, composer and a performance artist who challenges boundaries. Erika grew up in Nova Scotia singing in choirs and then went on to study music composition, piano, and creative writing at the United World College (NM), Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH), and won a Watson Fellowship to participate in groups working for social change through music in Ireland, Venezuela, Jamaica, Brazil and India. She worked with revolutionary bands in Venezuela, recording and touring through small villages in the Andes, and performed with Battakare, an ensemble of youth in Sao Paolo who create and perform samba-in uenced hip hop. She volunteered at a school for disabled children in India, and studied folk music’s in uence on the peace movement in Northern Ireland.
This year Erika will be one of the featured performers appearing at Copenhagen Pride’s Under the Rainbow event and the Copenhagen Songwriter’s Festival. She will tour Rise Up through Denmark, Germany, Ireland and England this fall, through the northeast of Canada and the US in October-November, in Cuba in January/February 2017, and across the US and Canada from March-June.

“By possessing the ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco combined with the poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen, Kulnys is artfully cementing her place in the history books of artistic heroes of our time...”
SHANNON WEBB-CAMPBELL, CANADIAN MUSIC JOURNALIST AND POET

“Erika’s new album, Rise Up, is an incredible body of work. Inspiring, beautifully melodic and soulfully rhythmic.”
CHERYL PRASHKER, PRESIDENT NORTHEAST REGIONAL FOLK ALLIANCE

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released August 18, 2016

Rise Up
All songs by Erika Kulnys except Honeysuckle by Carla Gover (used with permission), I'm on Fire, by Emily Keener and Erika Kulnys, and Hummingbird by Cameron Molloy and Erika Kulnys
Recorded at Signature Sounds Studio by Mark Thayer
Mastered by Ian Kennedy at Sugarfit Sound

Erika Kulnys: vocals, piano, acoustic guitar
Kirsten Maxwell: back-up vocals on Rise Up, I’m on Fire, Angel on the Road
Laurie McAllister: back-up vocals on Rise Up, Love’s Not Wasted
Katie Key: back-up vocals on Rise Up
Jim Henry: electric guitars, acoustic guitar (Honeysuckle), mandolin & dobro:
Drums, percussion, piano (Love Me in the Morning): Dave Mattacks
Richard Gates: electric bass
Ian Kennedy: violin
Catherine Bent: cello
Shay Williams: violin on Rise Up

Artwork by Erika and Graphic Design by Shayla Miller and Erika

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Erika Kulnys Nova Scotia

"...ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco with poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen, Kulnys is cementing her place in history books...ballad-aesthetic of Tori Amos...craftsmanship vast as the Atlantic. Spin the cheekiness of Dolly Parton with overt sexuality of Kinnie Starr, and toe-tapping rhythms of Colleen Power to conjure up her multi-dimensional talents.” - Shannon Webb-Campbell ... more

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Track Name: I'm on Fire
I’m on Fire

My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire

Thunder in the trees is singing like a train that’s rolling in
Just like the love I’m bringin’ time and time again

My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire

Wind in the trees is cryin’, cryin’ for the rain
I’m just gonna keep you dyin’ to be with me again

My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire

Heat rolls through the forest rippin’ through the brush
Gonna keep you askin’ for it ’til I let these waters rush

Let these waters rush, let these waters
Let these waters rush, let these waters rush

My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
My baby says I’m on fire, I’m on fire, I’m on Fire
Track Name: Love Me in the Morning
Love Me in the Morning

Love me in the morning when you wake
With your blackberry kisses form the hot pancakes
Love me in the evening when you sleep
With your red wine high and mountains in your dreams

Love me in the afternoon at 5
With the gold, gold leaves and the sun still high
Love me when the moon comes out at 8
On the bed where I’ll be waiting

Love me in the sea on a sweet sailboat
Where I’ll feed you cherries and we’ll never get old
Love me on the beach with our sand-pail-kids
And we’ll build a castle and live in it

Love me in the spring with the daffodils
and the wild roses on your windowsill
Love me in the summer with our skin so hot
and I’ll take you with all that I got

Love me in the fall when we’re growing old
We’re listening together to the radio
Love me in the summer with our skin so hot
And I’ll take you with all that I’ve got

Love me in the winter, hold me deep
and hold me when I fall to sleep

Love me in the morning when you wake
with your blackberry kisses from the hot pancakes
Track Name: Rise Up
Rise Up

Where were you when the mountains quaked
When the waters rose
Were you awake?

And where were you when the mother cried
Giving up her child
To the Holy State?

And where were you
When we marched in the streets?
Where were you
Were you keeping the peace?

Where were you
When we took the waters back?
Where were you
Did you have your mother’s back?

Rise up
Now is the hour
Rise up
Take back your power
Rise up
We will not wait
We rise up today

Where were you
When the soldiers died
Fighting for the truth
Were you alive?

Where were you
When the towers blew
When the temples burned
Were you inside?

And where are you
When we march in the streets?
Where are you
Will you be the peace?




Where are you
When we take the borders back
Where are you
Will you have your brother’s back?


Now we must rise up
Now is the hour
Rise up
Take back your power
Rise up
We will not wait
We rise up today

Rise up
Now is the hour
Rise up
Take back our Power
Rise up
We will not wait
We rise up today
We Rise Up Today
Track Name: Angel on the Road
Angel on the Road

You're my angel on the road
Where you go I will go
Sing it soft and sing it low
You're my angel on the road

You're my angel without fear
with the wind in your hair
As the waves crash on the sand
maybe I will understand

You're my angel on the road
Where you go I will go
Sing it soft and sing it low
You're my angel on the road

When that truck came crashing down
did you think you would drown
in the feelings, in the hope?
You're my angel on the road

You were dressed so fine that day
your collar up, you never strayed
Your eyes ablaze, then cold
You're my angel on the road

You're my angel on the road
Where you go I will go
Sing it soft and sing it low
You're my angel on the road
Track Name: Keep Your Feet Moving
Keep Your Feet Moving

It's a hard road to follow and we all fall down
But keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
If you're looking for forgiveness, if you're looking for the truth
you can find the answers, they're all inside of you

Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground

You can be strong, you can be weak
You can get along, you can go deep
You can be right, you can be wrong
You can be scared, and you can sing a song!

Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground

It's a good road to follow, the whole world round
Reach inside and find your own sound
It's a good road to follow, all of your dreams
Let the ocean flow into the stream

Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground

You can be strong, you can be weak
You can get along, you can go deep
You can be right, you can be wrong
You can be scared, and you can sing a song!

Just keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground

And it's your road to follow, by sun, stars and moon
Keep your feet moving, and you'll get there soon
It's your road to follow, to walk fall and run
Keep your feet groovin' and keep having fun!

Yeah, Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet moving, keep your feet on the ground
Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground
Let the wheel keep turning and keep coming round
Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground


Let the wheel keep turning and never shut down
Keep your feet burning, keep your feet on the ground
Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound
Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound
Let the wheel keep turning and don't make a sound
Track Name: Roaring for a Revolution
Roaring for a Revolution

The moon is a lion tonight
With her mane shining oh so bright
Roaring roaring for a revolution
to split the darkness with her teeth
Roaring roaring for a revolution
so she can speak

You are weeping in your bed
The only roar you hear is in your head
your house burned down you lost it all
a spring a summer then a fall
It's hard to know what ashes bring
The resignation on the wind
but then you hear something
rustling in the night
something alive and with a will to fight

Roaring roaring for a revolution
to split the darkness with her teeth
Roaring roaring for a revolution
so she can speak

Remember the lion when you die
When your tears are quiet inside
Remember the bracing flick of her tail
That breaks the bars of any jail
Remember that quicksand disappears
When the tide deafens your fears
Remember you are the moon
leading your own way to your own tune

Roaring roaring for a revolution
to split the darkness with her teeth
Roaring roaring for a revolution
so she, so we, so all of can speak
So we can speak, so we can speak
So we can sing
Track Name: Love's Not Wasted
Love’s Not Wasted

Just south of Detroit I was thinking of you again
about that time you read my mind
and jumped in for a swim
You lost your glasses
I dove in and found them in the black sea
I gave you your sight
to see in the night
what did you give me?

Love is wasted on the wicked
but love’s not wasted on the wise
You couldn’t take it
You just kicked it
with all your dirty lies

I’ve gone and grown
and sung on all the stages
I’ve lost my pride, I’ve lost my mom
You’ve gone to get your doctor of fears and of rages
so you don’t have to love no one

Love is wasted on the wicked
but love’s not wasted on the wise
You couldn’t take it
You just kicked it
with all your dirty lies

Now you can write prescriptions
from the bottle that you ran from
I’m loving someone else
And are you feeling grand now?
Or is something missing
now that you’re all by yourself

Love is wasted on the wicked
but love’s not wasted on the wise
You couldn’t take it
You just kicked it
with all your dirty lies

Love is wasted on the wicked
but love’s not wasted on the wise
You can take it
You can lick it
Just open up your eyes
Open your eyes
Track Name: Carolina
Carolina


Saw an eagle today, you know I can't stay
I'm gonna go where the mountains call my name
Where my Momma grew up and my Daddy can't find me
Alone, where the mountains call my name

Carolina, Tennessee
West Virginia calling me
I will find you in the pines
in the forest of my mind

I'm leaving today, I'm on my way
I'm gonna fly where the eagle calls my name
Where I first fell in love 'neath the white willow tree
Gonna cry where the eagle calls my name

Carolina, Tennessee
West Virginia calling me
I will find you in the pines
in the forest of my mind

And I know that life ain't easy
It's just a dream
So I go where you baptized me
in the stream

Carolina, Tennessee
West Virginia calling me
I will find you in the pines
in the forest of my mind

Carolina, Tennessee
West Virginia calling me
I will find you in the pines
in the forest of my mind

Carolina, Tennessee
West Virginia calling me
You will dance close with me
in the forest of my mind
Track Name: Hummingbird
Hummingbird
 
Hummingbird
to the nectar of my soul you came without a word
Knocking on my door I thought I heard
a hummingbird
 
But you flew so quickly across the country
In the great migration to the south
I reached out to touch you
But I found nothing
Just an empty promise from your mouth

Hummingbird
to the nectar of my soul you came without a word
Knocking on my door I thought I heard
a hummingbird


You returned so swiftly
An emerald in the sky
Our love’s a mystery
that changes as the years go by
I’ve come to understand
There is no greater plan
You will go as you wish
Can’t hold you in my hands
I will learn to stand
Winter
 
Hummingbird
to the nectar of my soul you came without a word
Knocking on my door I thought I heard
a hummingbird
 
Track Name: Burning the Furniture
Burning the Furniture
We were burning the furniture to keep warm
We were learning that this life’s not our turn
I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore

We were skating on ice so thin it cracked
You held my hand but not my back
And I told you, I told you, No more
This time of year when the trees turn
This time of year when the fire burns
I can’t hold you, I can’t hold you anymore

We were making a love across the land
We were singing like seagulls in the sand
I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore
But I’m wishing you peace, I’m wishing you joy
I’m wishing you freedom from the noise
And I’ll love you, I‘ll love you no more

This time of year when the trees turn
This time of year when the fire burns
I can’t hold you/I can’t hold you anymore
We were burning the furniture to keep warm
Track Name: Honeysuckle
There’s a part of me that’s changing and a part of me that’s dying
And a part of me goes sailing through my fears
I could stay with you ‘til morning
I could take my love home early
I could hold your hand forever
and go waltzing through the years

If I run, will you find me
where the honeysuckle’s blooming
Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul
And if I fall, will you catch me?
Will you lay me down in silence?
Let the misty tumbling memories take me home

If I follow with the river will it take me to the ocean
Will I find you waiting for me by round the bend
I have seen the raven flying
I have seen her circle slowly
I have seen your face a thousand times
Born upwards on the wind

If I run, will you find me
where the honeysuckle’s blooming
Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul
And if I fall, will you catch me?
Will you lay me down in silence?
Let the misty tumbling memories take me home

I can always feel the whisper of your love when it’s beside me
You’re as open and as gentle as the sky
You’re a constant source of wonder
You’re a never-ending blessing
You’re a bright star in the morning
When I open up my eyes

If I run, will you find me
where the honeysuckle’s blooming
Trying to chase down all the pieces of my soul
And if I fall, will you catch me?
Will you lay me down in silence?
Let the misty tumbling memories take me home
Track Name: Sacrifice
Everything in life has a sacrifice
Some folks have kids and others play guitar
Some folks have it all and others they just fall
never understanding who they are

You were Mars and I was Venus
Galaxies between us
Stars at war, who's keeping score?
lifetimes couldn't teach us

Everything in life is a compromise
you can't always get what you want sometimes
You can mine for gold, but everyone grows old
Will you be mine?

I was Jekyll and you were Hyde
always running in disguise
two halves of the same person
Babe, we're both hurting
Open your eyes

Everything in life takes a little time
You do your best and that's all
You learn to love, you learn to thank the stars above
and then you fall

Everything in life has a sacrifice
truth and beauty we live for
You can give all that you got inside
cause you always got more

Everything in life has sacrifice
you can have kids and play guitar
you can have it all and you can fall
understanding who you are