Caitelen’s new album, UNDONE BY GRACE is now available!
Caitelen is a singer/songwriter, poet, recording artist, and worship leader. Her music is vocally forward, lyrically emphatic, and expressive. She strives for authenticity in her songwriting that reflects the ebb and flow of doubt and faith, and the beauty, longing, and awe of living in the “now and not yet” of this life. She was influenced early on by strong singer-songwriter’s such as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Jewel, and Enya, among others. Caitelen’s primary instrument is her voice, though she plays piano, guitar, violin, bodhran, and has a habit of teaching herself to play other instruments that pique her interest (such as cello, accordion, and mandolin) for the sake of her recording projects. Although Caitelen has recorded voraciously on her own for over a decade, and collaborated with many other artists, it wasn’t until 2012 that she released her first professionally produced EP, Dark Is Light, while 5 months pregnant with her second child. She recorded her sophomore EP, Undone By Grace just two years later in 2014. Of all her endeavors, none is more meaningful, important, or inspiring to her art, than her role as a mom of two beautiful daughters, and wife to an amazingly supportive husband who pastors a church in downtown Phoenix. Caitelen spends most of her spare time as a vocal coach, or leading music for church worship services, women’s retreats, and church events.
More about Caitelen…
Caitelen grew up moving around the Midwest and East coast (IA, WI, MI, ME, MA, FL, and NM, to name a few), and has had the privilege of traveling over the years through Europe, South America, and North Africa. Music was everywhere as a child. She learned to sing and harmonize from her musically inclined parents who always encouraged a love of everything from Mozart to Simon and Garfunkel. Music runs strong through both sides of her extended family as well. Reunions always included long family jam sessions. Around age 4, her parents began to see Caitelen’s ability to play by ear when they recognized her tinkering on the piano to be a familiar line from a Phil Collins hit. Over the years, she had some formal training on the piano, guitar, and violin, but always shied away from the classical methods, and found herself lost in improvisation and playing after the styles of her favorite artists. She began songwriting and recording on a 4-track tape analog system in 1997, and later began to learn digital recording, spending many hours in her bedroom “studio” creating. After winning a local songwriting contest in 1998, she began to take her efforts more seriously. As a teenager, Caitelen honed in on her vocal skills with some formal training from a coach, and spent her time in choir and musical theatre. She became passionate about the voice as an instrument and still considers it her strongest asset as a musician. In college (Hope College ’07), she studied communications and English, but she spent every other waking hour playing and writing in the music building, or in the chapel music studio honing her recording arts skills. Caitelen also spent those years developing her worship leading skills alongside her colleagues in the Chapel Band. She went on to get her MFA in Poetry from Ashland University Ohio in 2010, which helped further her songwriting skills. From 2008-2011, she taught music at a classical elementary school, developing her own curriculum for the students, as well as teaching private piano and voice lessons. Caitelen continues to teach voice and piano, and lead worship. In addition to her musical endeavors, caitelen observes afternoon tea-time, works with herbs, nerds out about essential oils, enjoys the classics on vinyl, dabbles in musical theatre, and serves in ministry alongside her husband.
“…an amazing singer, thoughtful lyricist, and a generally just great person to be around…” - The Real Matt Jones, Singer/songwriter
“Musically [Dark Is Light] is rich- It’s filled with a powerful vocals, compelling harmonies and tension / release that will leave you wanting more….” -Bryan Lopez, Worship leader, Pastor / Elder at Redemption Church, an Acts29 Church Plant
“The whole production is restrained and uncluttered, which creates the perfect frame to highlight Caitelen’s stunning voice….” – Ken Byrd
About Caitelen The Herbalist:
One of my other passions is working with herbs and plants. When baby #1 had her first diaper rash, I sought the help of my midwife, who is an excellent herbalist. She taught me how to make and use the sweet, healing balm, called “salve.” Soon after, I was playing with variations on her recipe and experimenting with new herbs. Thus, I began my journey as somewhat of a community herbalist, hungrily reading and learning as much as I could about using herbs in various forms. I continue to take a posture of learning and only sell what I have used and can vouch for. I have been amazed to experience how gentle and effective herbs can be, and how responsive the body can be to their healing properties. Our Creator is so amazing!
I believe in a well-rounded approach to health which also includes exercise, whole, full-fat, real foods, essential oils, homeopathy, chiropractic care, and most importantly a healthy relationship with God!
Visit my “Herb Store” page to check out the products I sell, and contact me if you are interested in purchasing.