CARL THIEL & ERIN IVEY RELEASE NEW SONG 'WILD BIRD' ONLINE FEB 28Acclaimed composer teams with "queen of Austin songwriters" for soaring movie theme



Acclaimed composer teams with "queen of Austin songwriters" for soaring movie theme


AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 28, 2017) – Producer/composer Carl Thiel and singer/songwriter Erin Ivey are excited to announce the release of their new song ‘Wild Bird’ – the theme to Andrew Shapter’s film The Teller and the Truth. Eagerly anticipated by fans of the film, ‘Wild Bird’ has been unavailable to the public until now.


Inspired by the heroine’s journey through The Teller and the Truth, ‘Wild Bird’ is built on the emotional and musical themes in the film. Director Andrew Shapter notes, “the music in The Teller and the Truth is a central character. Since the lead characters have no dialog, the music speaks for them.“

"The imagery is beautiful and the story is so mysterious,” says singer Erin Ivey, “I wanted to capture what it feels like to walk around your hometown when you are about to leave it forever.”

Composer Carl Thiel remembers, "On our very first meeting, I played Erin the themes I had composed for the film. A few days later she came back with these magical lyrics that perfectly captured the essence of the story. Her voice gave the song a unique and timeless signature. Once I heard it, I couldn't imagine it any other way.”

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The new recording features strong performances from Chris Maresh on bass, Brannen Temple on drums, and Tosca String Quartet, along with Carl Thiel on piano and guitars, and Erin Ivey’s quixotic vocals.

Of the video, renowned Designer/Art Director DJ Stout (Pentagram) says, “That short piece of film was one of the most moving, beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time. Erin’s voice is so hauntingly gorgeous and the film footage by Andrew Shapter is so well crafted. The whole thing is like a lovely dream.”

“The viewer is given a glimpse into a world of love and hidden motives,” says actress/singer Kristin Astourian. “There’s a feeling like you’re watching private scenes that you shouldn’t have access to. The ethereal quality of the vocals and melody heighten the haunting quality of the story.”

Anita Pluymen (Mia Chocolates) called the music “Stunning. Beautiful. It continues to haunt long after the last note fades.”


About the Artists


Carl Thiel and Erin Ivey attend the Austin Film Festival premiere of The Teller and the Truth.

Carl Thiel is a Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist and four-time ASCAP Film & TV Award winner who is well known for his work with Robert Rodriguez. In addition, he has collaborated with Sandra Bullock, Willie Nelson, John Debney, Bob Schneider, Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Grupo Fantasma, Ray Benson, Andrés Levin, Selena, Stephen Barber, Joe Ely, Stephen Bruton, Del Castillo, Los Lonely Boys, Patricia Vonne, Andrew Shapter, Monte Montgomery, Trevor Romain, Powerhouse Animation and many more. He has also served on the Board of Governors of the Texas Chapter of The Recording Academy.

Erin Ivey is “a songwriter of the first order” (Daily News) with a “rare and deeply affecting voice” (KUTX). Her releases have garnered numberous Top 10 and Album of the Year recognitions, along with the Discoveries Songwriting Contest Grand Prize, an inaugural Black Fret artist grant, selection as a Texas Music Magazine Artist of the Year, and performer on the GRAMMY Festival at Sea with Heart and Emmylou Harris. Erin has performed hundreds of shows around the world in a diverse arrangement of solo and band scenarios and as a regular Critics’ Pick at SXSW. She is a voting member of the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy.

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