A Broadway star, recording artist and writer, with a voice alternately swelling and simmering, Carrie writes songs that make us feel—a lot. Her lyrics encourage us to embrace our messiness, own our responsibility as humans, question our limits and grow into better versions of ourselves. And it’s her voice that will make you stop in your tracks and jump from your seat all in the same song. Listening to the New York-based singer-songwriter, you get the sense that you’re being guided home. Call it the spiritual path or the soul’s journey—the name hardly matters. It’s a place where fearless authenticity defines your worth, honesty is the only currency and life is a grand experiment.
That voice continues to enchant, engage, and entrance listeners everywhere. Following the release party for her 2012 EP Echo which landed at #44 on the pop iTunes charts, a video of Carrie covering Radiohead’s “Creep” at New York haunt (le) poisson rouge went viral. Not only did it quickly notch over 3 million YouTube views, but she also earned praise from Entertainment Weekly who proclaimed it among the “Top 12 Best Radiohead Covers of All Time,” The New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, MTV, and Gawker writing, “will make your ears orgasm.” Fans chose her to be a part of Elle’s “30 Under 30” as she sold out venues across the country.
And most recently, Carrie was listed as #2 on MSN’s “15 Covers the Transcend the Original Hits” just after Johnny Cash. Among the other 15 artists on that list were Whitney Houston , Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Weezer, The Fugees, Ike and Tina Turner, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.
Along the way, Carrie began writing for her newest musical endeavor in Nashville and Los Angeles alongside top writers and producers such as David Hodges [Céline Dion, Christina Perri], busbee [P!nk, Christina Aguilera], Shane McAnally [Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves], and more.
“Writing music was not what I expected to be doing in my life. However, I trust my instincts. In all reality, it chose me.” she goes on. “When I started writing more consistently about 6 years ago, everything changed, and my whole purpose shifted. I always was fascinated by being human and the extremes that entails as well as the connection. I marvel at how the universe is s big. I had no idea what was to come when I was writing these songs or who I would become after I wrote them. Sometimes, the music knows better than you do.”
In 2015, she entered Avatar Studios with engineer and producer, Jason Agel [John Legend, Meghan Trainor] to record. Powered by her expansive cinematic delivery, delicate alternative mystique, and keen sense of mainstream palatability, it’s best described as “Heart Pop”—pop music of the heart.
“It’s the spectrum of human experience,” she says. “I write all of my own music. I also have a history of doing covers. Not only do I think it’s important to pay my respect to the great writers and artists that came before me. These covers were chosen very intentionally to cope with real things that happened to me at specific times in my life. I turn these covers inside out and channeling that is how I find my way to the other side.”
Carrie has devoted her whole life to music and acting. Post-college, she took Broadway by storm, starring in Mamma Mia as the lead Sophie before assuming the role of Elphaba on the second national tour of Wicked. She lent her voice to Lizzie for the Original Cast Recording of the rock opera based on Lizzie Borden. Along the way, she turned the likes of Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, and Trey Anastasio into fans, joining the latter for Phish’s epic New Year’s Eve 2013 gig at Madison Square Garden singing ‘Tweezer Reprise.’ Academy® Award nominee Hugh Jackman sought her out to join him during his 2016 performance at the Metropolitan Opera. She performed the part of Éponine as he reprised the role of Jean Valjean from Les Misérables. Carrie also joined Emmy® Award winner Peter Dinklage for a Game of Thrones spoof penned by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. She also delivered a powerful rendition of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” during a PBS special entitled Rocktopia. She is a vocalist on the film the Greatest Showman, The Incredibles 2 as well as many other Film and TV soundtracks.
However her newest original music opens up her voice like never before, resounding with a timeless spirit. She leaves off, “When listeners hear the album, I hope they find a little of their own truth. Being a human on this earth can be so strange and beautiful. It can also feel impossible, but it’s all a part of it. This music is about connection in its purest form: to ourselves, to each other, and to something bigger.”
BFA Musical Theatre, New York University Tisch School of the Arts @ Cap21
On Camera, Bob Krakower
On Camera, Kimball Studios