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Carolyn Waters Singer/Songwriter: BIO

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  "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. 

Recently Carolyn joined forces with Satoru Nakagawa, a Japanese-born blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and member of the Tokyo Tramps to record her first all blues ep.  This powerful duo merged the Delta slide with soulful singing and produced a deep blues experience.

 "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 to fronting her new dynamic Carolyn Waters Band, 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.

"Carolyn’s songs are personal and have an emotional quality that moves the soul. Her easy natural style communicates immediately with your heart. Her performance is calm but powerful, putting you at ease and making you feel that all is right with the world. I look forward to hearing Carolyn perform her wonderful creations in the future. The best is yet to come".  Charles Williams, Principal, Phillip Glass' Einstein On The Beach (2012-13 World Tour)

 Recordings

 Carolyn’s Debut CD “Count Me In” is Carolyn at her bluesy, jazzy best. A collection of original songs, Carolyn effortlessly flows from contemporary to jazz to blues as she takes listeners on a reflective, soulful, intimate journey. Her second CD 'On The Verge" is another collection of original songs that come from the heart. It explores new beginnings, endings, strength and the yearning of people to be loved and accepted. Carolyn has also taken part in multiple recording projects that reflect her commitment to use music as a tool to promote caring and positive social change. 

Live Radio/Cable Performances

Sunday Morning with John Platt WFUV (90.7 FM) Fordham University - Interview and Live Studio Performance (March 2013)

Wake Up and Smell the Poetry with Cheryl Perreault HCAM TV Studios - Live Performance (January 2013)

Folk Revival with Nick Noble WICN (90.5 FM) Worcester, MA - Interview and Live Studio Performance (October 2012)

South Shore Live with Lisa Azizian WATD (95.9) Weymouth, Ma - Interview and Live Studio Interview (May 2011)

Wide World of Blues with Peter Black WATD (95.9) Weymouth, Ma - Interview and Live Studio Interview (May 2011)

Wake Up and Smell the Poetry with Cheryl Perreault HCAM TV Studios - Live Performance (January 2011)

Common Sense Songs - WBCR (97.7) Berkshires Radio - Interview and Live Studio Performance (November 2010)

Appearances

NERFA - Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Formal Showcase 2012

WUMB Capital Campaign Gala Featuring Tom Rush and Judy Collins - Opening Set

"After a great introduction by WUMB's Dick Pleasants, local up-and-coming Blues/Gospel talent and WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week student, Carolyn Waters amazed the audience with a few songs including a soulful rendition of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday.”   WUMB Website (www.wumb.org/capitalcampaign)

The Locals, North Providence, RICarolyn_2011_-_4.jpg

Emerson Umbrella Arts Center, Concord, Ma

Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham, Ma

Coffee House on the Rocky Plain, Sudbury, Ma

Herland Music Festival, Stafford Springs, CT

On Your Radar with John Platt (WFUV), New York, NY

Harvest Cafe - Hudson, Ma

Bull Run Restuarant, Shirley, Ma

Banjo Jim's, East Village, NY

Circle of Friends Coffehouse - Franklin, Ma - Opening for Kate Campbell

Black Sheep Tavern, Sterling, Ma

North Street Coffeehouse- Medfield, Ma

Vanilla Bean, Promfret, CT

Cantab Lounge - Cambridge, Ma (Central Square)

Main Streets Cafe- Concord, Ma - with the BACWaters Band

Savoury Lane - Acton, Ma *

Café Ziba - Acton, MA - Performer Series *

O'Naturals - Acton, MA - Featured Performer - NWL Benefit *

Webster House - Worcester, MA - Featured Performer *

Historic Old South Church - Boston, MA - Featured Soloist - O'Hearn - Pataki Wedding

 "I can honestly say that Carolyn's singing at my wedding ceremony was one of my favorite wedding day moments. Several guests commented on the beauty of her voice and how wonderfully her sound carried in the stone chapel. She was a joy to have sing on our special day." Robin Pataki, Married August 19th, 2006

Boston Folk Festival - Boston, MA - SAMW Showcase  (2006 and 2007)

Saint Mary's Church - Southbridge, MA - Featured Guest of Charles Williams**

Sit N' Bull Pub - Maynard, MA - Featured Performer

Main Street's Market & Cafe - Concord, MA - with Yes Indeed!

Acoustic Music TV - Featured Performer - (Cable TV   Appearance)

Acoustic Music TV - Featured Guest of - Bo Veaner - (Cable TV Appearance)

Halligans Royale Lounge - New Moon Folk Club - Auburn, MA - Featured Performer

Main Street's Market & Cafe - Concord, MA - with Breaktime (Featured Vocalist)

Network For Womens Lives Candle Light Vigil - The First Parish, Unitarian Universalist Church - Wayland, Ma - Presenter, Featured Vocalist (2008 & 2009) *

Mixed Magic Theatre - Pawtucket, RI - Poets and Players Series

Java Joe's - Wayland, MA - Featured Performer

Rhode Island Council of Resource Providers for Children, Youth and Families - Annual Conference - Warwick, RI - No Bad Kids Band - Featured Vocalist

Domestic Violence Services Network - 10th Anniversary Gala - Featured Vocalist