McKeown began her career in the
folk scene. She released her first album, Monday Morning Cold, on her own
label (TVP Records), travelling throughout
New England while still a student at
Brown University in order to promote the record. Although she had begun
ornithology, she graduated from Brown with a degree in
McKeown's music is difficult to categorize in terms of
genre; it has touched upon
rock, folk, and
electronic music, as well as many other genres.
The Philadelphia Weekly recently described McKeown's music, saying:
More singer-songwriters should follow the lead of Erin McKeown, the kooky
songbird who's proved both playful and daring throughout her career. With a
lilting delivery and chameleonic instrumentation, she even slipped into
French for "Coucou," a gem off her unlikely standards album Sing You
Sinners. But with McKeown, is anything really unlikely?
McKeown continues to perform regularly, spending much of her time touring
throughout the world with artists such as
the Indigo Girls,
Allison Miller (drummer), and others.
McKeown's 2005 album,
We Will Become Like Birds/a> (produced by
Tucker Martine), served as a departure from her earlier work, with a more
rock-oriented sound. At a September 1, 2008, concert at
The Gravity Lounge in
Virginia, McKeown told the audience that she wrote this album "in an attempt
to write myself out of the worst
heartache I'd experienced up to that point."
Her latest studio release,
Sing You Sinners, was released in
Europe on the
and in the United States on
Nettwerk Records LLC. It consists mostly of covers of
jazz standards from the 1920s through 1950s.
TThe next record to be released is a as-yet unnamed album of original music,
which will be released in 2009.