Eileen Carey, one of California Country’s most popular singer-songwriters, recently released the first single off her 4th CD, Let It Go, produced by Travis Allen Childress and recorded at Nashville Tracks; a pop-crossover remake of The Pretender’s “Don’t Get Me Wrong” that is destined for radio stardom.
I love the songs I write but I just couldn’t help myself, I always wanted to sing my fellow Ohioan Chrissie Hynde’s tune,” Eileen says.
In 2012 Eileen Carey, the two-time Los Angeles Music Awards (Americana Album of the Year 2009 & the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards "Producer's Choice - Dance Single of The Year") winner and South Bay (L.A.) Music Awards recipient, was named an Artist Ambassador for international beauty salon chain Supercuts, resulting in a hugely successful summer season of engagements (Venice Summerfest for the Make A Wish Foundation, Orange County Fair, Sawdust Arts Festival, LA County Fair) with her band and music director/guitarist John McDuffie, whom she shares with the legendary Rita Coolidge.
In recent months Eileen Carey has been invited to unplug and share the stage with the likes of such renown singer-songwriters as Dan Navarro, Severine Brown, P.K. Fisher and Brad Colerick; in some of Los Angeles’ premier acoustic showcase establishments such as the famed Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena, California and Matt Denny's Ale House Restaurant & Bar in Arcadia, CA.
With her growing celebrity Eileen has been invited on some of Indie music’s top interview broadcasts such as "Carolyn Fox's Hollywood Spotlight" 580 AM Radio and the “Michele Jennae Show on Hot Mix 106”.
Carey, a veteran actress with roles in Hoffa, Basic Instinct and the original Batman movie, joined the original “Uh-Huh Girls” supporting Ray Charles in a national Pepsi advertising campaign with a Super Bowl airing as well.
Though she made a late start on her solo music career, she quickly made up for it by releasing three albums (Possibilities, Hearts of Time and Movin On) in a period of 6 years. Her last release Movin On contained a number of tunes that saw national radio rotation, and a chart single written by Keith Urban and Vernon Rust, called “That Was Her This Is Now.”
On the strength of Movin On she journeyed to Nashville to perform four separate times during the 2010 “Indiegrrl Women In the Arts Conference:” At “Rockin’ Moms” Showcase;" “Womens Radio Guerilla Showcase,” “Indiegrrl Showcase,” and at the “Nette Radio Showcase.”
“… Carey…has emerged over the last few years as a both an accomplished storyteller and effective, appealing stylist, while making music that deftly combines country influences with pop arrangements. Her songs also offer distinct, prominent messages about personal empowerment and emotional fulfillment,” Ron Wynn / Nashville City Paper
Ever since Eileen Carey was a little girl growing up in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, she’d been surrounded by a world of music. An accomplished drummer by the age of 13, Eileen regularly performed at family and school functions throughout her high school years. Although well received on a local level, Eileen sensed the confines of her small town might be holding her back. With the support and encouragement of her friends and family, Eileen made the move to California during the late 80’s where she got married, started a family and went to school to study acting, film and theater.
Her first national music success came from participating in a country music radio contest. Carey's energetic cover of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight" from her debut release CD, Possibilities took off after a very impressive debut on Blair Garner’s syndicated “After MidNite” Country Radio Show, which airs on stations in major and medium markets all across the United States.
Reflecting on that success, Carey said: “To be the only independent artist on the same list with major-label artists, and having your song picked by the fans - what more could you ask for!"
Recently asked what she does in her “free time” by Kristen Lepore of the South Pasadena Patch, Eileen Carey laughed saying., ”What free time?”
In addition to her busy schedule as a professional musician, mate in marriage and active mom, Carey has been especially active with regards to charitable causes including Operation Gratitude, Worldfest, FemMuse, Team Diabetes, Indie Music for Life and Angels Among Us for which she was selected as Top Sponsor. And Eileen’s TheMusicMom.com blog has been a source of networking for many mom musicians.
“Whether exciting Festival audiences or wooing Café audiences with her unique style and voice, writing and recording her songs, throwing a left foot or a right hook in her weekly kick-boxing regimen, tending to her cadre of dogs and cats, raising her two children, being a wife or getting involved with the many charitable activities she does, Country Music Star Eileen Carey does so with an engaging commitment,” LAbest.com
In these challenging times, Eileen Carey is the epitome of a woman who has faced the music and strived to tell us her story.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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