At a time when YouTube musical novices occasionally strike gold with random viral hits and one-hit wonders dominate social media, award-winning pop-country singer and veteran musician Eileen Carey reminds us of a very important lesson: slow and steady wins the race.

Based in California, Carey is what Elmore Magazine calls “a little bit cosmopolitan, a little bit country, a true musical chameleon who blends pop and rock and country influences with ease .” They also point out that “fans have recognized Carey’s star quality for years, but now the critics are also starting to take notice.”

To say that critics are taking notice is a bit of an understatement. The past two years have provided Carey with numerous awards and accolades, including the Los Angeles Music Awards 2017 Live Country Music Performer and 2016 Female Country Artist, as well as the 2018 New Music Weekly Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Carey was also named the 2017 National Radio Hits Favorite Female Country Artist of the Year and the Independent Radio Networks Crossover Artist of 2016. Most recently, she earned the 2018 Producers Choice Honors Award for Female Solo Country Artist of the Year.

Fueled by a seemingly endless supply of energy, Carey topped off her recent ascension within the industry with an interview in Huffington Post , an ambassadorship with Supercuts, and an appearance on KTLA’s The Morning Show . Ever the renaissance gal, Carey’s acting skills were also on full display when she played the country music mom in the Nick Jr. docu-comedy Take Me to Your Mother .

Ron Wynn of Nashville Music Guide perfectly captures why Carey has been on such a roll: “Eileen Carey has emerged over the last few years as both an accomplished storyteller and appealing stylist, all the while making music that deftly combines country influences with pop arrangements. Her songs offer distinct, prominent messages about personal empowerment and emotional fulfillment.”

Songs such as “That Town,” “Good Bad Girl,” “In the Air,” “Bring on the Big,” and “Faith” display Carey’s positive take on life. It is this approach that has inspired the songstress to take part in many different projects, all of which are aimed at making Carey, and those around her, better people.

Whether it’s staying in shape via kickboxing, caring for animals through her work with FixNation, or providing parenting advice on her blog The Music Mom , Carey strives to offer support and encouragement for her ever-growing fanbase: “I just try to give people a different way of thinking, a different outlet. I want them to focus on the positive parts of life as much as possible.”

Carey’s willingness and ability to connect with audiences is one reason why she has been an increasingly popular regular at California fairs and festivals since 2009. She is a fan favorite in Southern California, and has played most of the clubs and coffee houses in SoCal, including The Rose, The Canyon Club, The Mint, Hard Rock Café, B.B. Kings, and The House of Blues.

As one would expect with a country artist on the rise, Carey also has a solid following in Nashville. She has performed at The Blue Bird Cafe, Rippy’s, Honkytonk Central, and Tootsies. She is most likely to play those venues when participating in Music City’s CMA Fest and Country Radio Seminar.

Perhaps most indicative of her blossoming career is the growing list of musical legends with whom Carey has shared a stage. Within the past two years, Carey has opened for Rita Coolidge, Johnny Rivers, Peter Noone, Nelson, Tal Bachman, and Jack Broadbent.

Those hard-working and universally respected artists serve as a model for Carey as she makes a name for herself in the music industry. With several decades spent honing her craft and building her buzz, Carey continues to prove that practice, persistence, and positivity do indeed pay off.