Carolyn Anele (a-NEL)
Carolyn's musical vision is to write songs that will inspire, uplift and heal.
- Folk and Traditional
- New Age
Carolyn’s pure natural voice, innovative melodies and well crafted lyrics weave a fusion of folk, country, bluegrass and Celtic roots music into uplifting stories of life, love, family, friendship and the simple journey of the human heart.
With a voice compared to the likes of Mary Gauthier and Judy Collins and the humorous sensibilities of Connie Kaldor, Carolyn writes songs that can make you laugh and make you cry.
Carolyn Anele is “a singer with a beautiful voice…a spectacular songwriter.”
- Marion Barchel, CBC Radio
“Carolyn's wonderful songs kinda sneak up on you, quickly taking you to the heart of the matter. She's a fine songwriter.”
- Roy Forbes, Canadian Singer Songwriter
"... Carolyn has the gift of music, strong melody and lyric. She thinks and analyzes and finds her bliss in the song - her wit and humour is revealed as she performs with professionality and her own engaging style. I wish her every success in this crazy creative business."
Fred Penner, Canadian Singer Songwriter
"...Something that strikes me about Carolyn is that she appears to understand that becoming a songwriter is an art, not unlike the art of living, that reflects a gradual, steady, hardworking process that doesn't happen overnight."
- Ken Smedley, George Ryga Centre
"Vernon singer/songwriter Carolyn Anele’s third recording, Where Birds Sing, mixes traditional themes and cosmopolitan country-rock songs. The album also references her solitary folk roots. She’s a little bit Nashville, a little bit out on the open range. Like her previous EP, Anele writes and sings about the landscape. She mixes those images with lyrics about living a simple life in a candid, off-hand manner. As such, her music has a wide range of appeal… Where Birds Sing is a deep recording with unpretentious material and an emotionally connected performance."
- Dean Gordon-Smith is a Vernon-based musician who reviews new releases for The Morning Star
“In review of the album that you sent me, Where Birds Sing: I am very impressed with this album. The tunes are all heralded with your smooth sweet voice, deep themes, and complete package as an album. Your voice is exceptional! The songs that are striking me the most are: Blue Skies And Starry Nights, A Mother's Prayer, Where Birds Sing, When I Am Old, Butterfly, and I'm A Baby. I have been playing a selection of the songs on my radio show to very favorable responses...”
- James Miller, Programmer, CJLY Kootenay Co-op Radio, Nelson, British Columbia, February 2014
"Vocally, Anele's voice is fresh and pure, yet resonant with confidence and maturity. The intimacy and warmth of her delivery recall a Judy Collins/Joni Mitchell vibe, which immediately directs her stories straight to the senses... her music glows with western light and pure energy.”
- Dean Gordon-Smith, The Vernon Morning Star
The Nashville Taxi Driver asked, "If you had to choose songwriting or performing, which would it be?" "Songwriting, without a doubt," said Carolyn.
Highlights include opening for singer-songwriter, Eric Bogle, performing in singer-songwriter showcases with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes and folk duo Lester Quitzau and Mae Moore, Wendell Ferguson, Shane Chisholm, Andrea England and Duane Steele. Co-wrote the Kelowna’s official Centennial song “100 Years” for the City of Kelowna and was a regular participant in the George Ryga Songwriting Workshops at The Ryga Center in Summerland, B.C.
Singer-Songwriter Carolyn Anele (a-NEL) loves to write songs. She can be found at the kitchen table with papers and files all around her of songs in various forms of completion. It's a rare occurrence these days when she has solitude to write but squeezes out whatever time she gets during the everyday activities of being a wife, mother and homemaker. "Family and music, it doesn't get any better than that for me!"
Carolyn was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada – a rural town in the North Okanagan Valley surrounded by lakes, rivers and mountains. As a girl, she preferred creating her own melodies on the old family piano to the tedious practicing of scales and traditional compositions. In 1996, Carolyn attended her first workshop, a Power-Song Shop designed for advanced songwriters in Vancouver, B.C. This affirming opportunity inspired Carolyn to continue learning and honing her writing skills. In 2000, Carolyn started her career as a solo artist, writer, promoting her original material. She was chosen to perform her own songs that summer at a fundraising event held for the B.C. Children's Hospital.
Carolyn's 2002 debut album, “The Harbour” features seven original songs – a mixture of folk, contemporary, blue grass, spiritual and instrumental music. Her CD won a 2003 KADAC (Kelowna & District Arts Council) Award of Honour for CD Release in the Okanagan. In 2004, Carolyn was nominated for the KADAC favorite female performer of the year and favorite folk artist of the year.
Coinciding with the release of “The Harbour” CD, Carolyn's sell out debut concert in the spring of 2002, combined her musical pursuits with her humanitarian efforts – a fundraising event for Inside/Out, a violence prevention program for teens.
Carolyn has since released her 4 song CD, self titled “Carolyn Anele” as well as her Single Release called “Where Birds Sing”. After taking time to raise her family, Carolyn released her first full length album, "Where Birds Sing" in the Fall of 2013 to a sold out crowd.
Carolyn currently resides in Vernon, B.C. with her husband, children, chickens and the family cat and performs for charities, benefits, festivals and showcases. www.carolynanele.com