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    Karl Wolf

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    1Desentize lyrics
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    2Referee lyrics
    3Unbreakable lyrics
    4Girls Love Shoes lyrics
    5Summer Days lyrics
    6Crazy Things Happen To Me lyrics
    7Bite The Bullet lyrics
    8Just A Moment Away lyrics
    9I'll Wait lyrics
    10Wasabi lyrics

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    1Face Behind The Face [2006]


    Karl Wolf is a genuine triple threat of talent. As a songwriter, producer and singer of serious skill and originality, he excels in all three roles on Face Behind The Face. Out on Fontana North/Universal on Valentine's Day, this debut solo record showcases a shining new star. As Karl sings on the title track, "I'm coming out for the whole world to see," and this is one memorable introduction.

    The Montreal-based Wolf is certainly no musical novice. As an award-winning producer and writer, he has been responsible for many multi-platinum selling albums. It is now his time to take centre-stage, and he seizes his moment with true authority.

    Karl turned his back on lucrative offers of work with other artists to devote himself to Face Behind The Face. "I told myself that sooner or later I have to focus on my own music or it will just wither away. Now is the time," he explains. This meant becoming something of a recluse, burying himself in his own studio and working tirelessly on the record. "I locked myself in," recalls Karl. "I hardly went out for two years. I was a bum, I grew a beard, and would just order in pizza. I was obsessed but focused. I wanted to be right there when I had the inspiration!"

    The fruits of this creative compulsion are indeed tasty. Wolf wrote and produced all the songs on Face Behind The Face, and played virtually all the instruments himself. This is a musically diverse collection of songs, fusing r 'n b, dance, pop and hiphop stylings. It is given coherence via the gentle soulfulness of Karl's voice and lyrics, while his beats are both imaginative and catchy, sometimes hinting at his own Middle Eastern background.

    Wolf acknowledges the likes of Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson and Brian McKnight as early influences and inspirations. "I feel my music has contemporary elements but it is not scared to be emotional," he explains. "It is just the music I like. I grew up in the '80s, and music was emotional then. Today, especially in r 'n b and hiphop, everyone wants to be hard."

    In musical and lyrical terms, Karl Wolf is a lover, not a fighter. Through his own family's history, he knows the consequences of war and violence, as his family was forced to leave their native Lebanon when Karl was just three. That background surfaces in the track "Summer Days (In Beirut)," and Wolf is not afraid to project positivity in his lyrics. "I am trying to be peaceful in my meaning and message. We are influential as singers, and I'd love to influence kids in a great way."

    Those sentiments are reflected in the beauty of the video clip for the first single, "Butterflies," which received wide play. A video for the destined-to-be-a-hit, second single "Desensitize," was filmed in Havana, Cuba. The video features Canada's own Choclair and got added to Medium rotation on Much Music, Much Vibe and Musique Plus.

    Face Behind The Face is an honest and personal document, and Karl Wolf's definitive musical statement. "I'm most proud of this record. This is the best piece of work I have created to date, and it is important that I went down my earlier musical road, just so I could gain the experience needed to create this."

    Still just 26, Karl has long been the recipient of serious respect from his musical peers. He first made a real mark by writing for and co-producing Etc, the 2001 hit album from Gabrielle Destroismaisons. Two singles co-written by Karl reached No. 1 on the BDS Francophone Charts, and the disc earned him a Felix at the L'ADISQ Awards for "Best Mix and Sound of the Year."

    His work with Gabrielle brought Wolf to the attention of Antoine Sicotte, of the top-selling pop band Sky. Upon realizing Karl also had a killer singing voice, Antoine recruited him as Sky's new lead singer in 2002. Wolf co-wrote and co-produced the third Sky album, Picture Perfect (on Sextant/EMI), one that registered strong airplay across the country. The group also toured nationally, sharing stages with the likes of Snow and Shawn Desman.

    Karl and Antoine really hit the commercial jackpot with their joint work on the songs of the hugely successful Star Academie reality TV show. The subsequent album was the biggest-selling album in Canada in 2003, notching a phenomenal half-million in sales and earning Wolf a SOCAN Award for Most Popular Song "Je veux changer le monde." A Star Academie II sequel in 2004 was another big success, going double-platinum largely on the strength of Karl's writing and production.

    Add in production and composition work for such other artists as Emily, Mitsou and Jerome-Philippe, and a stint as vocalist with multi-platinum selling rap group Dubmatique, and you have one highly impressive apprenticeship. Word of his talent has spread stateside as well, with such stars as Justin Timberlake, Christina Milian and Mya having requested that Karl send them material.

    His focus is now firmly upon the Face Behind The Face. The world is about to hear the sound of the Wolf, and it is one they are destined to remember.

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