A New York native and Northern California transplant, this self-taught guitarist and soulful songstress evokes listeners on a deep, soul level. Her sound is a mix of rhythmic, funky finger picking and string slapping, guttural blues belts and quick lyrical flow with insidious phrasing.
Peruvian/Spanish/Irish/Puerto Rican hybrid- born Carmen Marie Gutierrez, later took on the name and medicine of the Crow has graced the US, Mexico and Spain with her high energy and soul shaking live performances laced with empowering messages. She leads with authenticity and many people of all walks of life resonate with her and what she represents. Known to many as Mama Crow, Carmen refers this name to a musical spirit or archetype that she embodies in moments of live performance.
The crow is the messenger- the one who is unafraid to go between the worlds. The one who brings messages from the spiritual realms to the material realms. The crow "caws it like it is" and this impacts people in different ways, depending on what they are willing to look at. She has an unpredictable edge about her and at the same time- is a soft as the nurturance of a healthy mother's love.
With a genre ranging in a fusion of acoustic R&B, Neo-soul, Experimental Folk-Hop and Spoken word with Hip Hop influence, this artist provides a high-energy, danceable live show as well as pulls on your heart strings with vulnerable, sonic soliloquies. Vocally, she is like a love-child of Fiest/Lauryn Hill/Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote. It's not uncommon for her to begin freestyle-channeling with the people at her live shows, backed by the powerful beatbox of Masta Lock and shredding lead guitar of Joshua Wellington.
This live TRIO brings the best blend of rhythm and soul, carrying messages that touch on the true human experience and relates to all people. This band 'keeps it so real' with genuine, heart-felt inspiration and a visceral uplift that you can literally feel during live performances.
Carmen aka Mama Crow's influences vary from Pink Floyd, Fiona Apple, Beastie Boys, Bjork, Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Nina Simone, The Beatles, Jill Scott, Nick Drake, Tupac Amaru Shakur, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Houdini, Josephine Baker, Janis Joplin and The Roots. This, blended with the musical expertise of her band, creates a tight and seamless sound; making audiences move from body to spirit and back again.
"You must trust the wind if it begins to pull you." -Carmen Crow