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Eileen Carey Answers Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” Questions

One of the hardest thing for human beings to learn is how and when to let things go. So when an artist like Eileen Carey comes along with a powerful message about doing just that, it’s a welcomed sight. The award-winning California-based singer/songwriter’s fourth and latest album LET IT GO features songs which follow through on the theme on letting go of those ties that bind us to the past and perhaps no song is more evident than the title track, “Let It Go,” a thumping up-tempo country pop tune about forgetting the small things or events from our past that lead to insecurities and indecisions of life.

“I always try to give people different options as a way to look at things,” Eileen says. “Because, unfortunately, this world’s been up and down and if I can get them to think about things that maybe they haven’t before, then maybe they can “Let It Go” and get to a better place in their life.”

Below read Eileen Carey’s answers to Digital Rodeo’s “Inquiring Minds Want To Know” questions:

1. In the last year what is the one thing you accomplished you were surprised by?

“Everything surprises me. Every time I listen to my new CD Let It Go, I am surprised that my art and voice keeping growing! Grateful as well!!”

 

2. In the upcoming year what are your top three goals musically that you want to accomplish?

1) A hit single 2) Create alliances with the most creative people in country music. 3) Reach an international audience.

 

3. What is your guilty pleasure when you get off a tour?

LOL…they are not very guilty. Hanging out with my family, my animals and my friends. It is much more exciting than you would imagine though!

 

4. What is your current challenge personally you are pushing yourself to achieve?

“Always the same challenge. To write better songs. To sing them better. To put on a better show. I am living my dream and my passion. I am always pushing myself to give more of myself to my fans. To the world at large.”

 

5. Who would be your “dream artist” to do an opening act for and why?

“Keith Urban. My biggest single to date is a tune he and Vernon Rust wrote called “That Was Her This Is Now”. I have recorded the only version of that song.”

 

6. Who was your most influential artist in your early years?

“So many, but Martha Davis, Patsy Cline and Chrissie Hynde to name a few prominent influences.”

 

7. Do you have hobbies that keep you busy when you are not on the road/in studio?

“Do I? Been kickboxing with regular workouts three times a week for the past 10 years! Been rescuing feral cats for years; and of course I am TheMusicMom.com; which is becoming less of a hobby all the time, and more of an active way I can be of service to other women with children in the music business!”

 

8. “What is at the top of your bucket list besides music?

“I want to write and direct movies!”

 

9. Do you have a “lucky charm” you carry on stage or a routine for good luck you do before you go onstage?

I am not superstitious. I carry my faith with me wherever I go!

 

10. What is your favorite comfort food?

I’m Irish! Potatoes! Any kind of potatoes!

 

11. Current project you are promoting (SINGLE – TOUR – CD etc.) and what are you most excited about it??

“After two years in the making of Let It Go, you know I am excited about the CD release. I believe it to be my best recording to date.”

 

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Eileen Carey Releases “Let It Go”: A Song That’s More Than A Song

Award-Winning Singer Will Showcase New Single and Album at Country Radio Seminar

(Nashville, TN January 31, 2014) Sometimes a song is more than a song. Think Garth Brooks’ “The Dance,” which animated an entire generation to see life for its possibilities, not its pitfalls. Or Joe Nichols’ dare-to-dream epic, “The Impossible.” Now comes Eileen Carey’s sassy new single, “Let It Go,” to remind us that we can soar if we only have the grit to cast off those petty circumstances that tend to tie us down. Eileen will debut “Let It Go” on CDX No. 588 and MPE on Monday, Feb. 3, and follow up the release with performance, interviews and meet-and-greets at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville Feb. 19-21. “Let Is Go” is the title track from Eileen’s current album set for release this February.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Eileen Carey currently lives in California, where she’s distinguished herself as a singer, actress and artist-ambassador for the Supercuts beauty salon chain. In 2009, she won the Los Angeles Music Award for Americana Album of the Year and in 2010 the Producer’s Choice Award for Dance Single of the Year. Her movie credits include Hoffa, Batman and Basic Instinct.
“I try to use my music to give people a different way of thinking, a different outlet,” says Eileen. In “Let It Go,” she achieves that goal magnificently.

 

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Pop Country Artist Eileen Carey In the Studio with Carolyn Fox

This week, award-winning singer songwriter Eileen Carey will join Carolyn Fox in the studio as our special guest on the syndicated broadcast radio show, “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight.”

Eileen will give listeners a preview of new songs from her soon-t0-be-released CD, “Let It Go.” She and her music director and co-writer John Groover McDuffie perform some of this new music live in the studio.

To hear a taste of Eileen Carey’s great new music, tune your radio in Los Angeles to 1580 AM on Friday, Sept. 14 at midnight, and at 810 AM in Annapolis/Baltimore at 6 PM EST on Saturday, Sept. 15. Don’t have a radio? Hear this installment of “Carolyn Fox’s Hollywood Spotlight” on the Internet starting Sunday, Sept. 16 at the show’s website at CFoxRocks.com and at our blog at CarolynFoxRocks.com

 

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Supercuts Names Country-Pop Singer Eileen Carey “Rock The Cut” Artist Ambassador

Supercuts, one of the nation’s largest hair salon chains, has selected award-winning Country-Pop recording artist Eileen Carey as one of their newly-named “Rock The Cut” Artist Ambassadors.

 

As a “Rock The Cut” Artist Ambassador, Carey gets to share up-to-the-minute news, tour dates, and music with both her current fans and new ones via Supercut’s vast worldwide Social Media Network.

 

Log onto Eileen Carey’s Supercuts Rock The Cut page here and download her song “Faith” for free.

 

Carey will make a special appearance at the 4th Annual Summer Fest concert in Venice Beach this July and the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach in August, as well as releasing the follow-up album to her critically-acclaimed “Movin’ On.”

 

What The Press Is Saying About Eileen Carey And Her CD “Movin’ On:

 

“Eileen Carey’s voice is a droplet of honey dangling from a hive: glistening, all natural, and inviting…but don’t be fooled by the coating because the woman beneath is strong, confident, and just a little bit sassy! Lyrically Carey is smart, to the point, and colorful. Potent lines such as ‘Your lips have lost their poetry’ from the title track deliver her message with absolute focused precision and flair. Eileen has something to say and she says it dynamically. An upbeat, empowering twirling dance that relishes life in the moment and celebrates the wonder, joy and excitement of what comes next.”

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“Upbeat, easy on the ears, blue skies and country sunshine – that’s the sounds of Eileen Carey!! I must admit – although I’m from Texas – I somewhat tend to favor rock and pop music over country music. But I also must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to several of Eileen Carey’s songs when I received them. They got my attention and kept my attention throughout each of the songs. The bright acoustics, clever lyrics and crystal clear sounds of Eileen Carey may just be the type of country music I could really become a BIG fan of. Send me more Eileen!!”

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The bi-coastal Carey blends a winning combination of smart, from-the-heart lyrics with a radio-friendly blend of Pop and Country. One of those songs, the playful, upbeat “Out With the Girls,” won “Dance Single of the Year” at the 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards and was successfully remade into a country/dance song to accompany a nationwide dance club promotion.

Eileen Carey: From L.A.To Nashville, She Keeps Movin’ On With Her Music By Debra Stocker

“Eileen Carey’s voice is a droplet of honey dangling from a hive: glistening, all natural, and inviting…but don’t be fooled by the coating because the woman beneath is strong, confident, and just a little bit sassy! Lyrically Carey is smart, to the point, and colorful. Potent lines such as ‘Your lips have lost their poetry’ from the title track deliver her message with absolute focused precision and flair. Eileen has something to say and she says it dynamically. An upbeat, empowering twirling dance that relishes life in the moment and celebrates the wonder, joy and excitement of what comes next.”

SONGWRITERS MONTHLY

All Access Magazine (AAM) recently sat down with Pop-Country vocalist Eileen Carey (EC) for a wide-ranging interview about her beginnings in music, her bi-coastal career, winning two L.A. Music Aawards, and what her future plans are. Here’s how it went.

AAM: Who is Eileen Carey?

EC: A singer-songwriter-vocalist in the Pop-Country genre who has also acted and sang on commercial jingles, who divides her musical career between Los Angeles, Calif. and Nashville, Tenn.

AAM: How would you describe the music you play?

EC: I think life is a treasure chest of journeys. Most have fantastic awakenings. Others, are sometimes very difficult to travel through. I make a journey of every song. I find a way to open the doors along the way and offer a ride to anyone heading in a similar direction. Or maybe having been there before, go a new way. It’s a way to share feelings and experiences that have affected where we are or where we are going. I like my music to be lifting; to impress hope with strength and determination. Whether you need a little or a lot, I like to think my songs can light a fire under your seat.

AAM: When did it dawn on you that you might want to sing and perform music full-time for a career?

EC: I always loved music. Listening gave me direction and my own bravery to follow it. As I grew, music gave me a way to express myself and share what I have learned and what I still hoped for. I try very hard to deliver that freedom with my music today. I worked in the middle years in Hotel Management. I was able to interact with others and exercise leadership, but it was always a predetermined adventure. It was gathering together to carry out someone else’s wishes. I liked that I was able to recognize myself in other people and their approach to each journey, but I always found myself a bit shy when it came to sharing those views or feelings. When I began working in the entertainment areas of the hotels; booking the artists and performers, scheduling them for the right events, it reminded me just how clearly music communicated to its audience. That’s when I knew I wanted to bring music, my own music, to the front of whatever I tried in life. Once I began doing that with my own singing and song writing, the hotels began booking me, and the response was overwhelming. It didn’t take long after that for me to want to continue writting and performing full time. It’s what gave me the ability to accept success with joyous reward, and failure with repair and resolve. It was also nice to be acknowledged for my music by winning “Americana Album of the Year” in 2009 and “Dance Single of the Year” in 2010, both at the L.A. Music Awards.

AAM: Talk about your previous career as an actress and making commercials.

EC: I moved to Southern California and was star struck. I took acting classes and performed in musical theater. I loved the atmosphere of the television and film industry and got as close as I could to any production that would have me. I tried out for any small part, walk-on, or extra position that I could get. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the business of directing and creating for TV and commercial film. I made the most of my oportunities. I went to work with Ray Charles in a Pepsi commercial. I spent time filming with Jack Nicholson in the movie “Hoffa.” I had a lot of fun and freedom working with Danny DeVito in “Batman,” and while most of my screen time was cut out while working with Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas in the film “Basic Instinct,” the rewards of the experience were worth every second of the time I put in. Being able to talk to him (Douglas) gave me so much vision. The industry is vast and complicated, but these stars can deliver an enormous expression of life in a short period of time. My delivery was more musical, and I realized my music could be expressed as a 3 ?-to-4-minute movie.

AAM: Virtually every musician I’ve ever interviewed has at least one or more (other) musicians that have helped shape and influence their music. Who are your influences?

EC: I have admired many different musicians and have been influenced by the characteristics of some of the top people who have made a real difference in the music industry. Songwriter Dianne Warren; for her magical way of bringing lyrics and music together in an unmistakeable blend all her own. The Pretender’s Chrissie Hynde; for her brave way of expressing her words and feelings across newly-developed sounds and mixtures. Sheryl Crow crosses many lines – Pop, Country, Rock, and Folk – and always delivers the absolute best that any song can be. And my favorite male artist would be Keith Urban; he flat-out raises the bar for songs that are written with feeling and delivered with joy. It’s usually sweet and intoxicating…like spiked punch! (laughs). I love all of that and feel it in what I do musically. In my own way I look for myself to write like Dianne, sing like Chrissie, deliver like Sheryl, and spike it up like Keith!

AAM: Your Bio says you divide your time between Nashville and Los Angeles? Please explain.

EC: I go back and forth. My Midwestern roots are what I seem to be driven to…or away from. Let’s face it, When I’m in Nashville, I’m from L.A. and when I’m in L.A., I’m from Nashville. I love both areas for similar reasons. I guess I’m a Cross-Country Artist. I love to mix it up and break some of the rules and traditions, and then bring the outcome to the other side of the country. I love the feeling I get here in Los Angeles and the energy that keeps pumping into me here on the West coast. I feel like my songs are well-received and have been getting through to people long after their release. It’s like, the story never gets old out here. The people, the activities, the friendships, and even the controversies stay fresh and encourage me to write in the midst of all that surrounds me.

Nashville is where the country flavor kicks into gear. I have been inspired by the talent that resides there and the challenge that it takes for a woman to direct her way into working with such a legendary part of the country. I have done radio station tours and performances in and around the Nashville area and feel welcomed in such a way that my songs reflect a deeper courage and comfort. That good “home” feeling you never want to let go of? Well, it rocks out here in L.A. and sometimes in the studio with some of the Nashville musicians that join me here.

AAM: What’s it like being a musician trying to make ends meet in 2011?

EC: Oh, Gosh! I dont think it’s ever been harder to stay in the music world that I love so much. I’m gonna have to cancel my private jet and my two Summer homes in the South of France! (laughs). But really, the budget is tough and the opportunities are getting tougher. The independent artists in music have made a strong attempt over the recent years to turn the industry’s ear toward some of the best talent that music has generated in a long time. Still it’s a struggle, but as hard as it gets, this is no time to give up. Everybody is feeling the strain and everyone is giving a little bit to keep going. For example, I work with top-notch people in the studio that have reduced their recording costs. There are great people in other areas of production and marketing that have trimmed their costs as well. Not to give less, but to support more. It is encouraging that the passion of everyone’s work is still the driving force. I sell cds on the internet and at my shows but I am most fortunate to be associated with suportive indpendent artist groups such as Rockin’ Moms, Chick Singer Nights, and Nette Radio. They help bring artists together to support each other and build their own craft. It’s important that I give back and stay involved in good causes with my music and these organizations, among others are very helpful in doing that. I really enjoy giving people a lift, so if I can do it with music and generate awareness for good causes, it’s a win-win. Like the title of my song “What Goes Around Comes Around,” it usually comes back to me. I get new opportunities and share whatever earnings come with it. Isn’t that what it’s really all about?

AAM: Talk about some of the favorite songs you have written over time.

EC: Well there’s a few from each of my previous cds. “Possibillities” was my first cd and it’s loaded with great music; “That Town” is the one song that really got me going. It set the stage for breaking away from old places and habits that weren’t getting me anywhere. “Hearts Of Time” is the title track to my second CD and it shines with hopes and visions of a better way. It has some of the best people working on it from both L.A. and Nashville at the same time. My third, and most positively-influenced CD is called “Movin’ On.” It has several great tunes that I think are most reflective of courage and confidence and show that what you truly desire can be accomplished. “Out With The Girls,” tells all the girls – poor, young, rich, and old – to take a little time off and grab a night out on the town! “Faith” reminds us that sometimes we end up in the wrong situation or relationship and either we dont know it, or we don’t want to know it. Whatever the case may be, if you have a little faith in yourself, you will find a way to right the situation. I love the song “Do I Dare” because it keeps me going for it. I keep trying like the song says, “to reach beyond my fingers”. Then there’s “Mr. Right Now”. Even though I didn’t write this song, it’s a fun song to sing and the ladies love it! “Mr. Right Now” is about having fun in your present relationship…with no ties.

 

AAM: Going forward, what do you desire to happen in terms of growing your career?

EC: 2012 is going to be a pretty exciting year for me as I’ll be releasing a new album. I’ll also have a new dance single coming out sometime this year for the Country dance saloon clubs. That will be a whole lot of fun.Touring will be high on my list of priorities in 2012 as well. I’m scheduling all over California, across the Southern U.S., back to Nashville and who knows… maybe my first time on the East Coast in the Fall. I’m hoping to pick up bigger shows and artists that I can open or co-host like The Judds or Pat Benatar. Maybe even Sheryl or Chrissie! My dream would be getting my music into TV/Film and Commercials. I think it fits in with what I see in TV drama and comercials with a lot of action and high spirit. I hope to keep sharing my music all over the world.

LA Examiner November

Eileen Carey: Girls Rock!

Eileen Carey is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and musician. Her most recent album, Movin On, won Americana Album of the Year at the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards. Just who is the up-and-comer Carey?

For the answer to that, we must travel back through the mists of time. Carey’s career in the entertainment industry has its roots deep in the past. Carey has been exposed to music since she was a child growing up in Ohio.

Carey began her music education at age 8 when she received a drum kit for a present. She became “an accomplished drummer” by age 13. All through high school she performed at various family and school events although the warm receptions she received only served to reinforce a feeling she had that her small-town environment was holding her back. In the late 1980s she would leave her friends and family behind and move to California.

It would be there that her life would go through some major changes. She would marry, start a family and even begin her studies of acting, film and theater. Struggling through countless casting calls, Carey captured a role as one of “the original ‘Uh-Huh Girls’” backing Ray Charles in a national Pepsi advertising campaign and Super Bowl performance. She also got gigs in the major motion pictures: Hoffa, Basic Instinct and the Keaton-Nicholson Batman.

Scoring those roles only served to urge her to score her songs as the need to make music once more took center stage. She once again drew on her old muses–Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, songwriter Diane Warren and major Motown artists–and took pen to paper to focus on writing and performing her own, original material. She began by playing intimate venues, local clubs and regional music festivals.

Carey soon began recording and as the new millennium began she released her 2000 debut disc an EP entitled That Town. This would only include 3 folk rock or country pop cuts: “Wings”, the title track “That Town”—which somehow sounds as if it was one of her earliest songs–and “Lazy”.

Two years later Carey released the rockin’ “That Town” the single and more importantly her next CD titled Possibilities. This one featured only 9 tracks including the parenthetically-placed “Joey” and the original “Bad Boy” (not to be confused with the 1984 Paul McCartney track of the same name.)

In between live performances and everyday life Carey continued to write and record. In 2005 she would release Hearts Of Time. The album included 10 tracks including the lead-in “Hearts Of Time” and other contemporary country cuts such as “Hollywood” and an encore of “Lazy”.

Carey says one of the best experiences of her career was “receiving a great review . . . from Music Connection and Nashville Music Guide.” The next year she released her single “Walking After Midnight”. 2007 witnessed Carey’s cuts being added to Tennessee T-Cakes’ music selections available for inclusion in their gift baskets.

In fact, Carey contributed cuts to several compilations since the start of her career including charity projects. She’s been especially active with causes such as Operation Gratitude, Worldfest, FemMuse, Team Diabetes, Indie Music for Life and Angels Among Us for which she was selected as Top Sponsor.

2008 would be the best year yet for Carey as she would release her most recent work, Movin On. As per usual, Carey, unlike some contemporaries, pays tribute to obvious influences without directly imitating them. The album opens with the “sounds like a single” Keith Urban penned piece “That Was Her This Is Now”.

It’s ironic that this song (co-written by Vernon Rust and Urban) is the first in a number of songs that seem to come from a woman’s viewpoint. While some critics claim cuts are crammed with assertive females it no doubt is simply the result of a prevalent female perspective which no doubt flows more easily out of Carey than a male point of view. (We writers write what we know, folks.)

The second selection is “What Goes Around Comes Around”. It’s an upbeat song co-written with guitarist JohnMcDuffie. It’s followed by the (almost) title track “Moving On” which moves on to the next number, “Stand”. “Stand” is perhaps one of the disc’s hidden hits in terms of overall quality.

The bold “Do I Dare” is yet one more example of Carey’s versatile talents as a performer. One of the best tracks on the album, however, soon eclipses this one. Indeed, “He’s Not Mr. Right He’s Mr. Right Now” has convinced your crusty chronicler to put an end to all the drinking and partying.

After all, this song was clearly written about cutie Carey’s experience with your randy, rockin’ writer and yet yours truly has no memory of even one of the moments this song obviously implies we must have shared. This song is obviously your playful penman’s theme song. Calling this cut the “Critic’s Choice”, however, would be so vain.

Therefore, the honor must fall to the more obvious choice–“Out With The Girls”. While we’ve already heard Dolly Parton do this kind of thing decades ago with “9 To 5”, Carey somehow still makes it work with her own personal tuneful twist. It has an upbeat tempo—all-girl tune—or not it’s catchy. (In 2009 Carey put out a dance remix which could be headed for “The Land of Multiple Replays”.) This one even scored Producer’s Choice Dance Single Of The Year in 2010 at the L.A. Music Awards.

“Faith” follows. It’s a bit more of a low key track that is somehow vaguely reminiscent of Hynde. Carey believes that it is important to have “faith in your ability and the willingness to seek out opportunities and take chances”—a message that can be found in much of her music.

The album closes with “Newsflash” which could be a musical message—a notification from Carey—perhaps a foreshadowing of something more. Indeed, Carey’s cuts could be catching on as her Movin On album took the Americana Album of the Year at the 2009 Los Angeles Music Awards. Her 2009 single release of “That Was Her This Is Now” scored “Song of the Year” at the 2009 South Bay Music Awards.

While women may appear be a target audience to some critics there is a bigger picture to see here. Yes, the “Out With The Girls” dance remix is a hit with women everywhere and has even been nominated for “Dance Song of the Year” at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. Still, other songs are receiving airplay the world over in such countries as the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Sweden and even Serbia.

There is more to the music here than tired, one-track feminism. Carey seems to be a singer with a lot to say and to more than just overworked women and other troubled tootsies. This brassy babe’s belief of enjoying the moment without stressing over the future is a message significant to any audience. “Newsflash”, folks: Eileen Carey is indeed “Moving On” . . . to bigger and better things.

My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.

Valley Scene Magazine

On Monday, January 17 at 10 a.m., award-winning Southern California-based Country-Pop artist Eileen Carey will demonstrate her “Out With The Girls” country line dance on “Actors E Chat,” the popular Hollywood-based online television show spot- lighting actors, musicians, and enter- tainers airing daily on the Actors Entertainment Network (log onto www.actors entertainment.com that day to view and chat live). Carey has remade “Out With The Girls” into a country/dance song to accompany a nationwide dance club promotion. The target audience for the promotion is the female country fan in the middle- to upper-middle income group between the ages of 24 and 45.

“Out With the Girls” is being distributed to top dance clubs, deejays and dance instructors in the top 100 DMA markets for a 12-week rotation of club airplay. Additionally, local contests and promotions have been created to partner with female-oriented consumer products via traditional and new media outlets including

www.mamapalooza.com

www.womensradio.com

www.chicksingernight.com

 

A new website has been created for this campaign: www.musicmom.com

All told, the “Out With the Girls” promotion will impact over 2 million club patrons. Country music is the most programmed radio format in the United States with approximately forty-two million adults listening to country music in the United States. Sponsorship opportunities for the “Out with the Girls” club promotion include naming rights on t-shirts, posters, coasters, banners and a host of premium items specifically designed for the aforementioned targeted female audience. “Out With The Girls” – included on Carey’s recent CD release, “Movin’ On” (myrecordlabel.net) – was awarded “Producer’s Choice: Dance Single of the Year” at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards this past November, the second consecutive year Carey has garnered a plaque from the longest independent awards show of its kind (she won “Americana Album of the Year” at the LAMA’s in 2009 for “Movin’ On”).