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Kirsten DeHaan

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Kirsten DeHaan is a “musician’s musician”. A singer/songwriter and guitarist whose first musical influence came via her two older brothers having Floyd & Zeppelin in constant rotation, she was 5. Three years later she was finally able to break her mother down to purchase her first guitar on a family trip to their native Germany for 40 marks. “I just remember clutching onto this guitar with dear life and could not wait to get it back home to Indiana” and so a singer-songwriter was born.

“After graduating with a degree from SMU in Dallas, I was attending grad school in Colorado for my MBA, when I had my epiphany that music was my business and that I needed to make that my focus”. I got serious about getting serious and sold my car and belongings (to the horror of my parents) to buy my plane ticket to New York City and my 300 sqft apt on the lower east side; six weeks later 9/11 hit”.

“As a singer-songwriter, you pull inspiration from life experiences and I had a lot to contribute”. Waiting tables at a little joint across from the famous CBGB’s, Kirsten kept her eye on the prize. After being courted by major and indie labels, DeHaan used her business instincts to respectfully pass on the opportunity to sign with a major label and finally in 2004 she released her first album, ‘Conform’ on her own independent label, SirLady Records. “I started my own label because I am a huge proponent of artists owning their own material. My pathos was to create and deliver the best music possible and collaborate with those in the industry of a similar mind-set.” The album debuted to a sold out crowd at CBGB’s (of course).

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  • AjaWhitney

    1984 came up on my "singer-songwriter" tag- really love it. Found myself singing along by the end of the song...She can be considered blues&rock... her voice is awesome... and the lyrics are so real.

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ringwraith10

    She's actually very good. :) I wonder why she's not more popular.

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • madafaka1

    who is this? i'm listening to classic rock via last.fm and this comes up.... not bad, but not classic rock either...

    10 Oct 2008 Reply