Socially Conscious Soul...
Carolyn's music is hypnotic, in a deeply soulful groove. You've heard it said that pure music seems to "flow" through a great singer? Go hear Carolyn to experience the real thing” - Pete and Maura Kennedy, The Kennedys.
Carolyn Waters is a performing singing/songwriter who fuses blues/roots/folk and other musical genres into a unique unforgettable blend of songs and sounds.
As a young girl growing up in Philadelphia, Carolyn Waters sang alone in her bedroom or out loud in the house when she was sure it was empty. It wasn’t by choice, but as the result of thoughtless teasing she got from her family. Even in her church choir, a place where many singers first get noticed and make early names for themselves, she mouthed the words to avoid embarrassment. She, however, never lost her love and passion for music and spent endless hours moving up and down the radio dial, and listening to albums from her parent’s collection.
A life changing event about a decade ago pushed Carolyn to take a voice lesson. This time she wasn’t teased. She was taken notice of, supported, and given a start in folk music, which highlights included opening for Judy Collins, Tom Rush, and Kate Campbell among others.
Oh, and have we mentioned the blues?
"Carolyn Waters is a force of nature. Some people are simply created to sing and bless those who listen, Carolyn is one of those people". Rev. Robert Jones, Sr. Acclaimed Blues/Roots Musician/Blues Historian - September 2013
Carolyn can belt out barrelhouse and juke joint blues, or fuse them with a pinch of Gospel and roots. She has been featured in the Boston Blues Society’s Ladies Sing the Blues Events where she shared the stage with the late great Shirley Lewis “Regal Queen of the Blues”, Lydia Warren, Lisa Marie and the wonderful Diane Blue to name a few.
In hot pursuit of blues, Carolyn recently joined forces with vintage blues band The Rusty Mikes. This eclectic group of musicians are brought together by a true passion for honoring and preserving the classic blues sound. www.rustymikes.com
"Carolyn's voice is amazing, captivating, compelling—any superlative will fit. I don't believe I have heard such a rich, velvety, and yes—bluesy—voice locally in years" - Karen Nugent, Boston Blues Society - May 2010
Performing solo, and with various accompanying musicians ranging from an incredible single guitarist or as the newest member of the vintage blues band Rusty Mikes, she can and has performed at all sizes and types of venues including clubs, festivals, galas, coffeehouses, vigils, and intimate-private functions in New England, New York, Maryland and Virginia.
Seth Connelly, Guitar Phenom and Multi-Instrumentalist
"Carolyn Waters and Seth Connelly together deliver powerful, stellar performances!" Ellen Schmidt, Singer/Songwriter
"Regardless of occassion or venue Carolyn performs from the heart and when you add in Seth Connelly, an incredibly talented instrumentalist, you get magic..." Neal Braverman, Host and Co-Founder of Roslindale Open Mic (ROM) - March 2015