Soulful Singer/Songwriter with a Message
"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/jazz/root and other musical genres into a unique unforgettable blend of songs and sounds. Powerful, soulful, rare, head turning, captivating and compelling are just a few of the superlatives used to describe her as she strives to find her place and make her mark in the world of music. Carolyn’s songs are beautiful, poignant and take on human conditions such as love, loss, the need for acceptance and new beginnings.
"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 a incredible single guitarist to her energetic/soulful trio to the full dynamic Carolyn Waters Band, she can and has performed in venues of many sizes and setting including galas, coffeehouses, festivals, clubs, vigils, government and intimate/private functions in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Virginia. She has also had the privilege to open for a number of celebrated acts including Tom Rush and Judy Collins, Charles Williams, Kate Campbell and David Rovics.
The Carolyn Waters Band(Bo Veaner (Guitar), Ken Porter (Percussion), John Zaia (Bass) and Tom Symancyk (Drums)
"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)
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. Her most recent project is the contribution of an original song entitled "A Family Christmas" to 'Our Finest Gifts- Happy Holidays from the Greater Boston Music Scene', a Holiday Compilation CD whose proceeds benefit Small Can Be Big. SmallCanBeBig.org is a new way to help based on a simple premise: give everyone a more direct, more personal, more local and more shared way to help those in need, and big things can happen.
Her EP "Awakenings”, a short collection of a cappella and accompanied songs, was produced to benefit the Network for Women’s Lives, a Domestic Abuse Network operating within Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
In addition, Carolyn has teamed up with Child Care Professional Charlie Appelstein as a featured vocalist on his No Bad Kid Band CDs: "One-Line Raps for Girls and Chaps, Volume One" and “Parent Rapsody” – Songs and Musical Mantras for Successful Parenting.
For bookings or other inquiries, Carolyn can be contacted at: 781-883-5691 or email@example.com
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)
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, RI
Emerson Umbrella Arts Center, Concord, Ma
Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham, Ma
Coffe 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
No Bad Kid Band No Bad Kid Band performs a dynamic assortment of raps and melodies to help kids (and adults) self-manage behavior. Their first CD: One Line Raps for Girls and Chaps, Volume One which is comprised of original raps written by child care specialist Charles Appelstein is taking the child welfare field by storm. Richard Lavoie (Author of It's So Much Work To Be Your Friend and Visiting Professor, Simmons College) says “Charlie Applestein & friends have a hit on their hands!! Charlie has taken his immense understanding of troubled kids and used it to reach kids through their favorite medium.... music. Their second CD: Parent Rapsody, Songs and Musical Mantras for Successful Parenting has been described as a novel approach to parent education which combines rhythm, rhyme, wordplay, and engaging melodies to promote core child-rearing practices.
“At a recent recording session, a good friend of mine, after listening to Carolyn sing, commented “She sounds like Ella Fitgerald!” My response: “No, Ella sounds like Carolyn.” Although she was blessed with a soulful, vibrant voice, I continue to be impressed with how hard Carolyn works at her craft. She has performed on my first two CDs, and like a fine wine, gets better with time. Carolyn has the kind of voice that makes listeners forget about their problems and feel wonderfully at peace.” Charlie Appelstein, MSW National Youth Care Specialist Author of No Such Thing As a Bad Kid Producer of the popular self-help parenting CD: Parent Rapsody – Songs and Musical Mantras for Successful Parenting