By Katharine W. Poole
For Women of Music Music of Women
Eileen Carey has learned to Let It Go, the title and title track of her latest CD shares a wisdom, philosophy and joy of life. It is a unique project, that contains both a re-release of one of her prior songs and several covers. “Don’t get me wrong (Chrissie Hynde) was first aired in in Europe and went well there. [I will be ] interested to see how people take to it in the states. Only the lonely, (Martha Davis) is already getting airplay in the States, as is her third cover, the popular 80’s Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine ( Kimberly Rew.)
Local Animal Welfare Nonprofit to Host “Whiskers in the Moonlight:” A Music Benefit of Support and Community at The Autry
(April 14, 2015) Los Angeles, CA –
FixNation, a local nonprofit organization, will host a charity music event featuring world-renowned guitar-player Carl Verheyen and countrymusic singer/songwriter, Eileen Carey. This event, titled Whiskers in the Moonlight, will attract more than 250 music-lovers and supporters from the Los Angeles area.
On July 25, 2015, at 7pm, the highly regarded non-profit, whose mission it is to reduce the cat population through spay/neuter and Trap-Neuter-Return, is partnering with legendary guitarist Carl Verheyen of Supertramp, rising country star Eileen Carey, local sensation The Podunk Poets and others to be announced.
Actress Morgan Fairchild will host the event, with additional celebrities, organizations and donors coming on board for a night of music and community. “Whiskers in the Moonlight,” will be held at The Autry in the center of Griffith Park.
The event will include a variety of vegetarian foods, cash bar, event merchandise, VIP gift bags, open gallery at the museum, photo opportunities, celebrity appearances and camaraderie among members of the animal welfare community including rescuers and volunteer “trappers”. For more information on Whiskers in the Moonlight and FixNation, visit www.fixnation.org.
FixNation is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that supports Trap-Neuter- Return programs for homeless cats. The organization provides a free full-time spay/neuter clinic for homeless cats as well as affordable spay/neuter services for tame companion cats. FixNation’s programs have successfully sterilized more than 115,000 cats to date. For more information, please visit www.fixnation.org.
About Carl Verheyen
In his 40-plus years of playing the guitar, Carl has created a wildly successful, multifaceted career. He is a critically acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with eleven CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. For more information, please visit www.carlverheyen.com.
About Eileen Carey
Eileen is one of California’s most popular Country singer-songwriters, can boast a multitude of awards and nominations over her four-album career. She has packed every venue she has played from the three Annual Summer Fests on Venice Beach for the Homeless, to the House of Blues Hollywood, and the honkytonks in Nashville. Recently nominated for Female Country Artist of the Year by New Music Weekly, Eileen’s #1 hit single “Bottle Your Crazy Up” and her almost viral music video of the same name, has now catapulted Eileen into the A-list of country music attractions. For more information, please visit www.eileencarey.com.
About The Podunk Poets
The Podunk Poets are a rowdy, duet-fronted band from Los Angeles with a classic country, honkytonk feel. They create original music inspired by their love of the classic sound of country duet legends such as Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. Recently, they were on the bill with Merle Haggard at the Ink-N-Iron Festival and have played the Folk Revival Festival, Los Angeles and San Diego Pride Festivals, The Hotel Cafe, Grand Ole’ Echo, House of Blues, Pappy & Harriet’s, and other great venues around California and the country. For more information, please visit www.thepodunkpoets.com. www.thepodunkpoets.com.
Angel Waldron, CharityWise
Put That Tequila Down and “Bottle Your Crazy Up!” Hold the ice, Eileen Carey has good advice in her latest single. It’s mixed for good ole’ country ‘Dance Halls Days’ and already has the music charts ablaze.
“This world’s a rollercoaster of up and downs; through my music I try to get people to a better place in their life through a new perspective.”- Eileen Carey
(PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, USA) September 3rd, 2014 – Whoa girl, put that tequila down! ‘Let It Go’ or you might do something you’ll regret! Instead, “Bottle Your Crazy Up,” as the lyrics suggest, in the latest offering from country artist Eileen Carey’s album, Let It Go. The song “Bottle Your Crazy Up” goes down smooth – as it is mixed into three flavors. Two versions are blended for “Dance Hall Days.” A third, bottled for radio currently has the country charts ablaze!
“Bottle Your Crazy Up” is the second single to drop off of Let It Go, which is Carey’s fourth album released since her debut in 2002. Critics have hailed Let It Go as her best work to date. The song follows the creative blueprint this award-winning songwriter always rolls out when composing, “It is the story in any song is key for me,” she explains. However, Carey is especially excited about this single as she offers more insight, “This single speaks of a woman telling another not to rebound after a breakup on her first date. She advises her friend not to drink the tequila, to be on her best behavior, save the crazy for later.”
The original version of “Bottle Your Crazy Up,” is currently ascending the country radio charts and has already moved into the Top 40 on the New Music Weekly Country Main Charts. The other two versions include a dance and club mix, which are slated for use in Eileen’s whirlwind radio and dance club tour which has dates booked through Kentucky and Tennessee from September 22nd, 2014 through September 26th, 2014.“Bottle Your Crazy Up” was penned by Bart Almond and Amy Dalley and produced by the talented Nashville/Los Angeles based Travis Allen Childress of Nashville Tracks.
There’s a reason Eileen Carey is one of California’s most popular country songwriters and performers; she hooks her songs with message and melody. “Bottle Your Crazy Up is fun-loving dance song with the boot-scooters in mind. It’s lyrically-loaded, line-dancing lover’s lick. So, hold the salt, lime and ice and before you take that drink… think! Put it down, Let it Go and “Bottle Your Crazy Up.” Save all that energy for the oak floors and Eileen’s dance hall tours!
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1) Let It Go is your latest album. What does it contribute to the story of Eileen Carey, the performer?
I think my music has always had an upbeat, life is good if you just choose to let it happen message in it. It is a personal choice whether to embrace it or not. All my music advocates that embracing….Possibilities 2002, Hearts of Time 2005, Movin On 2009 and now Let It Go.
In the context of your question, I would have to answer that I am sticking to my guns about the messages of faith, hope and doing it; and my music carries that message in the new CD. I am a woman of my word. Do not flip-flop about my beliefs and advice. So in some case this CD is more of the same. A renewal of my commitment to my ideas. Musically as well actually.
2) Which tracks off of Let It Go are your favorites, and what about the efforts make them?
I am a singer as well as a songwriter…different tracks on this CD are favorites for different reasons. I love my cover of Martha Davis’ 1982 hit with the Motels, “Only the Lonely.” Travis Allen Childress, my producer, nailed the ambience of the song. Obviously the first single off the CD, “Let It Go,” who I wrote with Kathryn Grimm has special meaning to me. It is, being the title song, the summation of this album’s specific positive theme.
But I am really excited about the just released second single, “Bottle Your Crazy Up.” Here’s the scene of the song: One woman is telling another not to rebound from a bad breakup too hard and too fast. And here’s what she advises:
“ Don’t order the tequila, ‘cause you know how you get, Don’t talk about your ex, you ain’t over him yet, You can wear the short skirt, but I’d forget the heels, And don’t go on about how you feel. . . . Bottle your crazy up!”
3) What artists possess the greatest influences on your music?
Well, I am going to start off by listing some of my favs that I have sung as well here: Patsy Cline’s “Walking after Midnight”; Chrissie Hynde & the Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” also on this Let It Go CD. I always admired Cheryl Crow and did the only version of a Keith Urban and Vernon Rust tune on my last CD Movin On. Songwriters like Diane Warren. I already mentioned “Only the Lonely, and Martha Davis…but also the Beatles, yes the Beatles. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland playing drums and that had an influence on the tempos of the music I sing.
Didn’t think of my music as “country” specifically, but right from the start country radio picked me up for “That Town”. It originally went to AC but country radio promoter Gene Kennedy picked it up and it got airplay across the country stations.
4) How has your style evolved and changed over the time since your first album?
Music gave me a way to express myself and share what I have learned and what I still hoped for. I am a better singer-songwriter today, but as importantly my style has become more diverse and refined. Let It Go is my best work. Thematically similar to the past, but much more open and fan orientated. We use horns on this record and I even sung a real pop tune in “Walking on Sunshine” that old (late 70s) Katrina & the Wave song. I am country, but I just couldn’t help testing my reach on that. Been performing it on stage lately, and I get nervous every time it comes up in the set; but the response has been gratifying, especially at the Fairs and Festivals where I perform to very diverse crowds on both coasts.
5) Can you describe your creative process and your recording set up for us?
Well, when I start thinking about what is on my mind that needs being said, I start writing songs and looking for material that I identify with and is a challenge for me to sing.
The avenues that my material comes from is as diverse as is my tastes. If I am singing and arranging another songwriter’s song I make it mine. Generally as “Country” as possible. Lyrics are a key element in what I choose to sing.
When I have written or chosen the material I go to Travis and we arrange it so we can send it to these Nashville studio musicians, who have been recording the basic tracks on my music for years now.
The vocals, back-ups, sweeting, solos and other additions are done here in Los Angeles at Travis’ studio. The mixing as well. We master at Sonic Vision Mastering here in Los Angeles.
6) How can interested readers listen to your music?
Google Eileen Carey and you will find my music everywhere. Amazon, I-Tunes, CD Baby:
7) Do you have any live dates or performances that you are promoting?
Just came off a very long spring and summer stint of engagements. House of Blues Hollywood, Rippy’s & Honky Tonk Central in Nashville, Spotlight Artist of the 6th Annual VeniceFest on Venice Beach, CA for the Make A Wish Foundation, Orange County Fair, The Grand Ole’ Echo in Los Angeles, The Doll Factory, etc.
Still filling in upcoming dates to go along with a September 22nd to the 26th whirlwind 5 five days running radio and dance club tour for the new single “Bottle Your Crazy Up,” now booked in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.
Also, doing a private party acoustic show on Saturday evening, October 18th, at the Kidd’s Jewelry Heist on Mission St. during the South Pasadena Art Walk. And
I am, with other concerned animal and cat lovers, going to produce a feral cat adoption fundraiser and direct adoption event here in Los Angeles in late November or early December for the holiday season. We will play a set, along with some other friends and artists at the event.
Most of my plans for the Fall besides promoting this single, “Bottle Your Crazy Up,” are my writing and recording a 5th CD. Know what I want to do…can’t wait to get back in the studio.
8) What has been your most memorable live experience?
I have been playing homeless events for some years now; and it is hard to imagine a more memorable experience in recent years than the homeless crowd that danced freely and happily to my music during the 5th Annual VeniceFest for the Make A Wish Foundation on July 28th, 2013. I have had plenty of full houses and appreciative audiences, but that particular “Country in the Sand” afternoon is quite memorable to me. This year was fun, but that performance was special.
Obviously, my performance for winning Americana Album of the Year at the L.A. Music Awards was an inspired show. One not easily forgotten.
But my most prominent memorable moment in music came when I first heard myself on the radio in 2002 here in with “That Town” here in L.A. I knew I was home!
9) What goals do you still have left to accomplish in your career?
Everything! As an independent there are so many things you still must reach to be recognized with the household names. No matter what one might think of it, I expressed exactly what I still have left to accomplish in the opening cut on the CD, “Bring on the big.”
On an artistic level I can’t help but want to continue to make good records and make people feel good. I want to increase my song writing skills, and I want to direct movies. My short but somewhat successful career in film, before music took over, as an actress (Hoffa, Basic Instinct and the original Batman film, along with advertising campaigns like my role in one of Ray Charles’ Diet-Pepsi commercials) has left me with a taste for film.
I want to open or a couple major acts this year and next; and I am starting to work on a new CD. You can never stop striving if you want to earn the audience’s attention.
10) Thank you for your time. Do you have anything else that you would like to say to our readers?
Yes, Country music is about real people and their real lives. It is a wearing your heart on your sleeve music. We are regular Joe’s! We like are music to be about what is real and tangible in our lives! And we like to be able to sing the hook. But mostly, it’s all about the lyrics, the story!!
Altadena singer Eileen Carey brings her award-winning sound to Venice Beach Sunday
By Carl Kozlowski 07/24/2014
In a place famous for rock bands ranging from The Beach Boys and The Doors to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and No Doubt, Eileen Carey is breaking the mold en route to success. An Altadena resident, Carey has parlayed her love of country music into a career that has so far resulted in four CDs, a number of awards and a slew of concert appearances nationwide, as well as a recent publicity tour of radio stations in the South and Midwest.
But her favorite shows are the ones in which she can be close to home, mainly because she and her husband Joe save feral cats and have provided homes to many of the felines over the past few years. Carey will be performing at noon Sunday at the 6th Annual Summer Fest in Venice, bringing country to the coastline as the official spotlight artist amid a daylong event that offers plenty of other fun in the sun as well.
“This is my third year doing Summer Fest, and you can’t get any better than being on a beach performing,” says Carey. “The best part is that a lot of the proceeds go to feed the homeless and to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
Carey grew up in Willowick, a suburb of Cleveland, and credits her Ohio upbringing with giving her a different perspective on country music than most of her artistic peers. She was surrounded by rock music there before moving to California to work in a Sheraton Hotel as an assistant beverage director, and it was her experience there that inspired her to go pro as a performer.
“I saw lots of performers whom I thought I was just as good as or better, so I decided to go back to performing myself,” says Carey. “I studied theater, acting and vocal classes and recorded my first CD. It went to AC (adult contemporary) radio first until a country music sales rep said to try country.”
Carey calls her style “West Coast Country” because she considers her songs to be a mix of the sounds that were prevalent in every town or city she’s lived in. Her determination to develop her own sound has paid off with her being named by the local CBS television station KCBS as one of the top 10 rising female musicians in Los Angeles.
That’s not the only recognition Carey has received, however. She has won multiple Los Angeles Music Awards, a South Bay Music Award and a nomination for a Hollywood Music in Media Award (HMMA) for the CD “Movin’ On” as well as one for “Let It Go.”
While she is determined to find success as an independent artist outside the major-label system, Carey also has offered her wisdom to other female musicians as a co-founder of FemMuse.com and TheMusicMom.com, which are tied to organizations that provide support and information for women artists and musicians.
“I’ve been building my career and reputation for awhile, and my music is about what’s around me and what people are going through,” says Carey. “I try to give them a little advice musically. Hopefully they take it and use it, but who knows? It’s about showing somebody a different angle in life. I’m a positive person and I always try to see the light in any situation.”
In addition to her work with music and cats, Carey has studied kickboxing at Classic Kickboxing of Pasadena for the past 10 years, raised two kids who went to Pasadena’s Mayfield junior and senior high schools and owned the KFC restaurant on North Lake Avenue before she and her husband Joe decided to sell it off about six years ago. While she and her family lived in Pasadena for seven years, she is happy she made the move to the smaller neighboring community and plans to stay rooted there for a long time to come.
“It’s a great easy place to find room for cats, and that’s important to us because I’ve rescued animals since age 7, and my husband has volunteered with Fix Nation for a long time as well,” explains Carey. “Last year we had a colony of cats in our neighborhood, of babies and adults, and we got them all fixed and released and I found homes for the babies. My husband is going to be going to veterinary technician school and at the end of the year. I donate some of my musical proceeds to children’s and animal organizations. I love to give back.”
Eileen Carey will perform at noon Sunday at the 6th Annual Summer Fest at Venice Beach. Admission is free. Call (562) 277-7174 or visit fx3events.com for more information
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.”