Jazz and Blues Vocalist. Songwriter. Actress. Artist. Storyteller. There are defining moments that shape the unique story of our lives. Carrie loves to share her story through musical performances, interweaving known jazz and blues standards with her versatile, award-winning original material. Whether taking a “Sentimental Journey” while reminiscing on her album “Home” or singing the blues on her latest album “Waves”, Carrie, a recent breast cancer survivor, shares hope, joy, struggle and peace through music.
Born to a musical family, Carrie studied classical piano beginning at age 7. She was performing Mozart by age 9 at her local church where her father was the pastor and her mother was the choir director. Feeling somewhat encumbered as a child by having to play “only the notes that other people told her to”, she began writing her own compositions, never realizing where the journey would take her.
By college Carrie was performing on stages across the east coast. An experienced traveler (thanks to several moves around the country) as well as an observer of life and people, Carrie’s writing expressed everything from faith to simple stories of everyday life. Carrie lived in Nashville for four years, which allowed her the privilege of fully studying the art of songwriting under the tutelage of world-class songwriters. She worked as a session singer and performed at many clubs across the city. She also recorded and released her independent CD project “Redemption”, garnering a semi-finalist award with the UK International Songwriter’s Competition for her song,“When Love Was Green”.