Carrie Manolakos, positioned in the top 100 of the iTunes pop charts with her debut album Echo, became an internet sensation with her haunting performance of the Radiohead classic Creep, captured at her album release concert in April 2012 at (le) poisson rouge. The video is now well over 3 million views and still climbing. She was selected for Elle Magazine's 30 Under 30: Essential Names to Know, voted #1 by readers.
As a singer and songwriter, Carrie has been selling out venues all over New York City, as well as other cities across the country and catching the attention of stars such as Alec Baldwin, Trey Anastasio and Josh Groban. Carrie was featured as the top story on Gawker, saying her rendition of the song is "upsettingly good" and it "will make your ears orgasm." She was featured in Entertainment Weekly for being one of the top 12 best Radiohead covers of all time, with artists such as Frank Ocean, John Mayer, Weezer, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, and others. She was also featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, MTV, and MSNnow.
Her list of guest appearances is quite eclectic. On New Year's Eve 2013, she shared the stage with Phish at Madison Square Garden for their much anticipated New Years Eve Show—one of their wildest in history. This Fall, she performed with Hugh Jackman at the Metropolitan Opera singing Eponine to his Jean Val Jean in Les Mis. And in 2014, she appeared with Peter Dinklage in their Game Of Thrones spoof written by Chris Martin of Coldplay. Carrie is also a guest soloist for symphonies across the country.
Manolakos has a background in musical theater, with Broadway credits, including the lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia as well as Elphaba on the Second National Tour of Wicked. She is also the voice of Lizzie, on the original cast recording of the rock opera based on the life of Lizzie Borden.
Carrie is finishing her first full-length record titled The 44th Chord, to be released in 2017. This new record dances with the sounds of Adele and Hozier, with a kiss blown to Jeff Buckley. The original songs on the record were co-written with writers such as David Hodges (Evanescense, Christina Perri), busbee (Pink, Christina Auguilera, Shane McAnally (Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves) and others. And covers include, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, and Smashing Pumpkins.
For acting, Carrie Manolakos is represented by Stone Manners Salners, based in New York City and Los Angeles.
"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."
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"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."