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NELSON, Canada
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Portrait of Aspen Switzer
“Aspen Switzer writes with honesty, courage and wit. She stands on stage and she enchants. Not in a cutesy way, but with guts and sweetness and grit, and yes, love.”
~ Rita Moir, multi award-winning author

Aspen’s pure and powerful voice sets her apart and brings meaning to the subtle poetry found in her lyrics. Her influences range from Folk to Country to Bluegrass to Rock and Jazz – but she has evolved a style that is all her own. Aspen is not just a great singer, she is a performer: effortlessly building a rapport with her audience from the moment she steps on stage and leaving everyone captivated with her humor, authenticity and humanity. Her shows are reflective, funny and beautiful.

Aspen’s second CD, “humble but bearing no apology”, (released Nov. 2008) was chosen as a finalist for 3 awards at the 2009 BC Interior Music Awards and she won for best Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year and best Roots/World Recording of the Year.

Aspen has played venues in England, Hungary and across Canada from Victoria to Charlottetown. In 2009 she started the year touring BC with her trio, followed by a cross-Canadian solo tour and performances in her one-woman show “Take You With Me” at Fringe Festivals in Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Victoria. "There's no doubting her talent in songwriting and singing. “Take You With Me” is funny and fresh . . . straight-up good tunes and engaging storytelling." ~ Toronto Star. Aspen also performed with her trio at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, the Kelowna Music and Arts Festival, and the Idlewilde Festival in Cranbrook.

"Her banter is witty enough that the show almost qualifies as stand-up."
~ Eye Weekly, Toronto

"Switzer has an eerily sweet voice comparable to Björk or even recent Folk Fest phenomenon Neko Case, but it's all her own. Expect to participate and be charmed."
~ Uptown Magazine, Winnipeg — 2009

"Don't let her lovely, folksy voice fool you. Her lyrics are wicked."
~ Montréal Gazette — 2009

"Aspen Switzer is a folk artist from Nelson whose voice and knack for witty lyrics are beyond fantastic… I've never heard a voice as lovely as Switzer's"
~ Victoria Times Colonist — 2009

"Aspen's great, she's original, talented and lovely. I've enjoyed playing with her and look forward to working with her again down the road . . . I'll probably be opening for her.
~ Stephen Fearing
 
 
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