Country-folk trio The Secrets, comprised of Newfoundland natives Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten – all three accomplished singers and solo musicians – met in college. They quickly discovered a natural blend to their voices and musical aspirations, traded jigs and reels for whiskey, mandolins and faded jeans, and haven’t looked back.
The Secrets launched their trio opening for country music legend Alan Jackson’s Freight Train Tour in 2010, and since 2012 have been taking their music across the country, including stops at Saskatchewan’s Ness Creek Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, the World Pride Festival (Toronto), the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and opening three sold out shows for country superstar Tim McGraw at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL.
The Secrets headed to Nashville in spring 2014 to record at Beech Creek Studios. Their producer/co-writer, Peter Daniel Newman gathered some of that city’s finest session players – including Pat McGrath, Gordon Mote, Duncan Mullins, JT Corenflos, Steve Brewster, Andy Leftwich and Dan Dugmore – to support The Secrets in bringing their chosen songs to life. This culminated in the (June 2014) release of The Secrets highly anticipated debut album, Break Even, which features a combination of The Secrets own originals, the album title track and lead single “Break Even”, written by fellow east coast musicians Chris Kirby and Tim Chaisson, several co-writes with Peter Daniel Newman (including their second single titled “Big Time”), a tasteful bluegrass cover of the Avicii hit “Hey Brother”, and more, all delivered with the natural harmonies that are The Secrets signature sound. Break Even was subsequently named Country Recording of the year at the 2014 MusicNL Awards, and nominated in this same category for the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.
The Secrets ventured south of the border in 2015, for a series of official showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas, MO, and to the welcomed sunny climate of Barbados, where they were invited to participate in the filming of a television special, highlighting a variety of musical collaborations between recording artists from Newfoundland and Barbados.
Citing influences such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Linda Ronstadt (aka The Trio), as well as Johnny Cash, Tricia Yearwood, Terri Clark and Patty Loveless, to name just a few, The Secrets built their repertoire on a foundation of classic country hits infused with an impressive, and ever-growing catalogue of country-folk originals. With their gift of voice and seemingly effortless, natural harmony coupled with their individual talent and skill as musicians – Karla on guitar and bass, Terri Lynn on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Renée, an extraordinary musical talent on guitar, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more – The Secrets fresh delivery of their chosen work is authentic, exciting and thoroughly entertaining for all who see and hear them.