When Carrie Manolakos sings, it’s impossible not to feel it. Beyond a show-stopping range heard everywhere from the big screen blockbuster The Greatest Showman to Broadway to her critically acclaimed solo output, this singer and songwriters draws overpowering emotion from flawless delivery and an equally poignant pen.
Carrie has devoted her whole life to music, acting and to writing, and has managed to be equally compelling authentically sharing herself, her voice and her music as she is acting in a roles both new and known.
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. And most recently she was seen in the Los Angeles Production of ‘Love Actually Live' as Natalie. She can be heard on the soundtracks of The Greatest Showman and the Incredibles 2, to name a few.
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 organic 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. It would be listed as #2 on MSN’s “15 Covers the Transcend the Original Hits” just after Johnny Cash. It placed her in good company with Whitney Houston , Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding, Weezer, The Fugees, Ike and Tina Turner, Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse.
Each remains in tune with who she is at her core.
And one her most unique attributes as as a performer is reimagining a song in a way that has never been done before. She has had success with Radiohead’s Creep, Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Smashing Pumpkins ‘Disarm’ The Beatles ‘Let it Be’ and her newest release is her version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah.’ Piano based, soaring vocals it continues to climax and will leave you in prayer and in tears to whatever you believe in.
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. Carrie also joined Emmy® Award winner Peter Dinklage for a Game of Thrones spoof penned by Coldplay’s Chris Martin. And most recently sang on the 2018 Oscars.
That voice continues to enchant, engage, and entrance listeners everywhere.
In 2018 she released an original single “Take Me Down.” Baptized in a rush of emotion, her words reveal a longing to start again amplifies on every crescendo and run.
“I’m fascinated by the human experience in all of its shades. My own personal experience and the experience of others. And how to make the most of my time here. That has always been the through line of my voice, my writing, my creative expression and every role I’ve ever played. ” She exclaims. “I value the dark as much as I do the light which is probably a big part of why I can go to so many places in one song, one scene or one performance.”
"Manolakos, whose background is in musical theatre, performs the song with perfect earnestness, closing her eyes and choking back tears. She floats lightly over the soft notes and reaches up to a stringent wail towards the middle of the song."
Voted #1 by readers in Elle's 30 Under 30 Essential Names to Know.
"While her high notes are nothing short of stratospheric, the subtler notes of Manolakos' performance really shine."
"I tried my best. I really did. I tried my best to get through this without any Creep covers. But this one is so good that I'd be crazy not to include it...And man, she just crushed it. There's really not much to say besides: God Almighty, that climax!"
"This cover of Radiohead's Creep will make your ears orgasm. If you're in a hurry, skip to 2:25 for the crescendo, but you should really listen to the whole thing. It's upsettingly good."
Mamma Mia | Sophie | Winter Garden Theatre
Wicked | Elphaba Stanby | 2nd National Tour
Mamma Mia | Sophie | National Tour
Love Actually Live | Natalie | Anderson Davis, Director
Tarantino | Butterfly | Anderson Davis, Director
Dear Evan Hansen | Virtual Choir | Michael Grief, Director
Lizzie | Lizzie Borden | Kent Nicholson, Director
Parallel Worlds | Tabatha | Ars Nova
Disaster | Marianne Riley | The Triad
CHIX6 | Katie | Queens Theatre in the Park
Sleeping Beauty Wakes | Night Terrors | La Jolla Playhouse
The Wild Party (La Chuisa) | Nadine | The Culture Project
Tommy | Sally Simpson | Surflight Theatre
The Last 5 Years | Cathy | Syracuse Symphony
Jagged Little Pill | with Alanis Morisette | Diane Paulus, Director
The Greatest Showman | with Hugh Jackman | Michael Gracey, Director
Song Of Bernadette | Bernadette | Music by Frank Wildhorn
Swan Lake | Black Swan (Odile) | Sammi Cannold, Director
Bottle Shock | Sam | Kent Nicholson, Director
The Last Goodbye | Band (Singing Juliet) | Alex Timbers, Director
Bare | Ivty | Stafford Arima, Director
The Daughters | Athena | Yale Repertory Theatre
Factory Girls | Harriet | Goodspeed Theatre
First Wives Club | Chris | Francesca Zambello, Director
Children of Eden | Yonah | w/ Stephen Schwartz
Guest Appearances / Featured Vocalist / Recordings
The Greatest Showman | with Hugh Jackman
Phish | Madison Square Garden
Incredibles 2 | Vocalist
Rise (NBC) | Vocalist
Rocktopia | National PBS Special
Frank Wildhorn | PBS Special
Game of Thrones / Red Nose Day | with Peter Dinklage & Coldplay
Toronto Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Dayton Symphony Orchestra and More.
BFA Musical Theatre, New York University Tisch School of the Arts @ Cap21
On Camera, Bob Krakower
On Camera, Kimball Studios