Carolyn Harley is a
who loves being on stage and interacting with her audience. She believes in writing songs that matter and songs that connect.
Whenever Carolyn is on stage her objective is always to connect with people.
Carolyn has spent a career of study and effort to create a body of work that is well crafted, varied, entertaining and thought provoking.
Her songs have been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Cajun, bluegrass, roots and classic country artists.
Through the years of writing, Carolyn has crafted her songs and her voice to fit different song styles and moods. As a result Carolyn has developed a versatile voice that is strong in the lower register when she is singing her blues, rock-a-billy or swing tunes. Other songs require a true higher range to fit her folk, jazz, bluegrass or pop songs.
Carolyn’s voice has often been likened to Patsy Cline, but also to Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt and Mary Travers depending on the style of song. This makes for an interesting concert that constantly draws the audience back to full attention.
Using a catalogue of over 500 original songs, Carolyn creates her set lists with a wide variety of up-tempo songs interspersed with ballads and poignant story songs.
Whether performing for a dance; a festival; a concert or for a house concert Carolyn was always looking to give the audience variety, humour, and insight into life. Invariably during the course of a concert there would be laughter, tears, heads nodding in agreement and toes tapping in time.
People would go home with a bounce in their step and a sense of renewed energy.
Today, during the shut down of the pandemic Carolyn is presenting a weekly one hour show on facebook Live called THE LATE BLOOMER SHOW. The show is theme based and is all original songs from Carolyn's own song book which she lovingly refers to as her book of bones!
Take an exceptional songwriter who can write in a wide variety of styles; add in a beautiful voice that causes people to say "I could listen to you sing all night!" and finally add in a sense of humour and an engaging stage presence with solid guitar work and you end up with a recipe for an engaging, thoughtful and uplifting concert of original music.
“I love your songwriting!! I know exactly what each song is about and I can relate!”
These are comments made over and over again about her powerful songwriting and voice.
"I could listen to you sing all night!"
Put these two elements together and you have an artist who can take an audience on an emotional musical ride that keeps them involved and enthused.
People go home with a bounce in their step and a sense of renewed energy.
Time and dedication have brought Carolyn to the point in her career where the various elements of being an entertainer have come together to create the complete package.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLK CLUB
“Carolyn Harley is a captivating singer and prolific songwriter, with an expressive voice that draws the listener in to her stories. The well-chosen members of her band each bring their own tasteful touches to the music. We really didn't want her set to end, and I'm sure she'll be back on our stage! ”
Joel Weder, Emcee, Rocky Mountain Folk Club
Tom Coxworth is the radio host of the long running folk programme called Folk Routes on Alberta's CKUA Radio.
Tom says "Drop my name. I am a big supporter of your songwriting and your ability to deliver a song".
"Thank you for touching our hearts and changing the world one song at a time."
Tim Williams is an International Award Winning Performer/Producer/Songwriter
"The first time I heard Carolyn Harley some years ago I was struck with the strength of her songwriting, a feeling which has only grown stronger with the passing of time and the maturing of her skills."
"She has a voice which lends itself to roots material, able to handle country-tinged songs and contemporary folk styles with equal ease and conviction."
The Hub on Ross - Red Deer
"Carolyn Harley and the Davidsons are a talented group of musicians who engage with their audience and leave them with the feeling that they have been among family."
FLC Seniors Board
Thanks Carolyn, Joe and your group for a great evening! Loved your music and I think you added something great to this fun evening. Will look forward to hearing you again sometime – maybe at another of our functions. Thanks again.Marilyn Jones, on behalf of FLC Seniors Board
Calgary Drop In Centre
You guys were amazing last week.
WE LOVE YOU!!!!!
Michael, Manager, Internal Relations