“Authentic” is the word most frequently used to describe GYPSY SOUL and their music. They are a duo with an intimacy that comes through clearly, attracting listeners with their unique blend of Roots Rock, Pop, Blues & Jazz and a DIY back story every bit as compelling.
"A musical marriage that spans the globe, a self-invented, organic sound that has roots in rock and soul, country, folk and blues ... with vocals and lyrics intertwined like a pair of life-long partners inspiring others to follow their dreams." — Hits Daily Double Magazine, Roy Trakin
You’ve heard of crowd funding a CD, but what about an entire career? Gypsy Soul has cultivated and nurtured an audience of life-long fans, not simply via their musical excellence, but because of their dedication to all aspects of their craft. Their humble story as immigrants combined with their unwavering passion, work ethic and approachability, has garnered Gypsy Soul’s, Cilette Swann (US/CAN) and Roman Morykit (UK), a permanent place in the hearts of their fans.
The exchange that has come from these relationships has inspired their loyal supporters to donate over $81,000 for different CD projects. In fact, the duo's entire 19-year, professional music career has been mostly funded (save a few licensing deals and number of TV/film uses) by the continued patronage of fans to over one thousand of their live shows.
Perhaps their music is best described as, “Gypsy Soul is gourmet music for music lovers,” shared on the air at K-LOS Radio in Los Angeles, California.
Like its creators, their music is much like fine fusion cuisine; Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache and struggle, love and determination brewing with many layers, textures and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly.
Their sound is a true culmination of the very best of both Cilette and Roman's tastes, experiences and cultures. Morykit, Gypsy Soul’s producer shares that he feels True is their most unique CD to date as it is a combination of both a live and studio record. "We like to call it a performance record as we limited ourselves to one or two takes in to keep the performances fresh,” states Morykit.
British-born Morykit, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer whose musical roots dig back to his childhood training in classical piano. In the early 90s, after several years in London as a highly sought-after studio musician and fretless bassist for the emerging band Raising Cain (with whom Roman was signed to A&M Records,) he relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue new musical opportunities.
There he met Canadian-born singer/lyricist, Cilette Swann, who had also recently relocated to Edinburgh after years of traveling in Europe and spending time in Paris, singing with famed French jazz artist, Alain Mion. The two began writing and recording together and quickly fell in love. Love lead to marriage, marriage lead to relocating to Hollywood, and while in Hollywood, Gypsy Soul was born.
Enticing but never predictable, the duo mixes every influence they love, creating the familiar sound that is exclusively Gypsy Soul –Roots Rock, Pop, Blues & Jazz. Over the years they have produced 13 independent CDs and although there is always a through-line with Morykit’s rich orchestrations and Swann’s captivating lyrics and near 4-octave vocal range, you will never hear two songs alike.
Gypsy Soul has had a Top 40 hit at Adult Contemporary radio with “Silent Tears,” and a number of other songs in the Top 5 on many other radio charts. In almost two decades as professional recording and touring artists, they've won numerous independent music awards, including the Independent Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards, Just Plain Folks and honors at Lilith Fair.
The duo has sold over 140,000 CDs independently and had over 1.6 million downloads and plays of their songs on various online platforms. Their music has aired on many TV shows including Providence, Roswell, Felicity and 90210 among others as well as movies such as Quick Sand (Michael Caine) and After Sex (Brooke Shields).
released April 22, 2016
Cilette Swann-lyrics and vocals, backing vocals
Roman Morykit-composer, fretless bass, guitars, drum programming
Michael Forney-drums and djembe
Michal Palzewicz- cello
Mikey Stevens-trumpet and horns
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