Around the world with Gypsy Soul...
Authentic is the word most often used to describe Gypsy Soul and their music. The duo's multicultural heritage helps inform both their message and sound, attracting audiences with their soulful blend of Acoustic Rock, Pop, Blues and Jazz.
However, it's the stories about the songs and their experiences traveling the country and the world as first generation immigrants (from first generation immigrants) that makes their shows so personal and memorable.
"A musical marriage that spans the globe, a self-invented, organic sound that has roots in rock and soul, country and folk, blues.... with vocals and lyrics intertwined like a pair of life-long partners inspiring others to follow their dreams.” - Hits Daily Double Magazine
Like its creators, their music is much like fine fusion cuisine; Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise.Their music is born from heartache and struggle, love and determination infused with many flavors, textures and nuance. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly.
“Gypsy Soul is gourmet music for music lovers.” - K-LOS Radio
Their humble story as immigrants combined with their unwavering passion and independent ethos has merited Gypsy Soul’s, Cilette Swann (US/CAN) and Roman Morykit (UK), a permanent place in the hearts of their fans and continued media recognition.
"It's clear that Gypsy Soul embraces the DIY ethic more thoroughly than many of today's indie rock bands.” - Seattle PI
Over the years they have produced 15 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 family roots that stretch across the globe, and their musical influences are equally far-flung. (The) duo offers music from deep within their souls." - Tacoma Weekly
Their innovative arrangements, passionate vocals, intricately woven harmonies, soaring guitars and lyrical fretless bass will transport even the most jaded listener to another place.
"They can really push the barriers from crisp electric guitar chops to intricate acoustic finger styling. The vocals have spirit but great touch on each syllable. This has quality written all over it but there is no pretension here, only sincere delivery of fine music.” - Folk World (Germany)
British-born Morykit, is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer whose musical roots go back to his childhood training in classical piano. After several years in London as a sought-after studio musician and also fretless bassist for the emerging band Raising Cain (with whom he was signed to A&M Records,) Roman relocated to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue new musical opportunities.
“Swann possesses a versatile, intense and expression-filled singing voice. Roman is an accomplished musician…his mixing and production on this set is totally top drawer.” - Maverick UK
There he met Canadian-born singer/lyricist Swann, who had also recently relocated to Edinburgh after years of traveling in Europe and living in Paris, singing with famed French Jazz artist, Alain Mion. The two began writing and recording together and quickly fell in love. Love led to marriage, marriage led to relocating to Hollywood, and while in Hollywood, Gypsy Soul was born.
"Roman’s fluid guitar embraces Cilettes’ soulful vocals as they forge a musical journey of deep questions, curiosities and illuminations.” - Sue Ennis (Heart)
Over their 25 year professional career, the pair have had a Top 40 A/C hit with “Silent Tears” and have won numerous songwriting and performance awards including: International Acoustic Music Awards, Independent Music Awards, Lilith Fair, Performing Songwriter’s Top DIY Artists, Just Plain Folks and others.
“They form a perfect melodic support for crystalline vocals in mostly acoustic songs that are marshalled from folk to jazz…Exquisite craftsmanship no less.” - Written in Music (Belgium)
Morykit, Gypsy Soul’s producer shares that he feels Cover Story, their upcoming CD, is their most unique to date. "It truly was a labour of love,” states Morykit. “We had to take our time with the recording, not by choice, but after a near death experience with Covid. I was unable to record for almost 5 months which forced us to really think about what we wanted to say with the album.”
They've earned over 1.6 million downloads and garnered Critic’s Choice in over 75 magazines and newspapers. Road warriors for over 24 years, they have traveled over 500,000 miles, performing in venues from 200-2,000 seats.
"Gypsy Soul is one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive and kicking.” - Orange County Weekly
Gypsy Soul's songs may strike a familiar chord from their many airings on the hit TV shows: Providence, Roswell, Days of our Lives, Felicity, 90210 and MTV shows plus motion picture films: After Sex and Quick Sand. Their CDs have been reviewed and played throughout the US, UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and their current release, Cover Story is getting added to numerous Spotify playlists throughout the world. You can watch the video to,"For What It's Worth" below.
"I really enjoyed Gypsy Soul's True! They are a truly unique sound.” - Aaron Neville