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Carolyn Anele

Carolyn's wonderful songs kinda sneak up on you, quickly taking you to the heart of the matter. She's a fine songwriter.
- Roy Forbes, Award Winning Canadian Singer Songwriter, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame

With a voice compared to the likes of Mary Gauthier and Judy Collins and the humorous sensibilities of Connie Kaldor, Carolyn writes songs that can make you laugh and make you cry   

Carolyn Anele's (a-NEL) pure natural voice, innovative melodies and well crafted lyrics weave a fusion of folk, country, bluegrass and celtic roots music into uplifting stories of life, love, family and the simple journey of the human heart

2nd Full Length Album to be Released Spring 2018
- In the recording studio now. Check out Lake

Recent Awards:
Song 'Bring that Mountain Down' - Awarded Finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest (soon to be released on 2018 album)

Carolyn's song, 'Bring That Mountain Down' - Soon to be released in Spring 2018 was awarded a Finalist position in the Country Category of the 2017 Great American Song Contest (100 Finalists were chosen overall from 1800 entries). As well, 'Coal Dust Sandwiches' written by Carolyn Anele & Howard Brown garnered a Top Ten Finalist position in the Folk/Americana Category.

Song 'Watch Me Fly' - Awarded Finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest (to be released on 2018 album)

Carolyn's debut full length album
'Where Birds Sing'
received the following awards:

Carolyn's song, 'Billy Miner's Breath' was awarded Semi-Finalist in the Canadiana Category for the 2017/2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition

A 2016 Finalist in the UK International Songwriting Contest for the song, "Coal Dust Sandwiches" and a Semi-Finalist for songs, "I'm Not Ready (A Mother's Prayer)" and "I'm A Baby"

A Top 25 Finalist for the 2014 Singer Songwriter Mentor Experience, supported by the Songwriters Association of Canada for Carolyn's song, 
"I'm Not Ready" (A Mother's Prayer)

Winner of the 2013 'BC Musician Fred Penner' National Songwriting Contest  with Carolyn's song, "I'm a Baby"

Semi-finalist in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition for Carolyn and Howard's song,
"Coal Dust Sandwiches"  

Carolyn Anele is “a singer with a beautiful voice…a spectacular songwriter.”
- Marion Barchel, CBC Radio

"...Carolyn has the gift of music, strong melody and lyric.  She thinks and analyzes and finds her bliss in the song.  Finally her wit and humour is revealed as she performs with professionality and her own engaging style.  I wish her every success in this crazy creative business."
Fred Penner, Canadian Singer songwriter, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Order of Canada

“The intimacy and warmth of her delivery recall a Judy Collins/Joni Mitchell vibe, which immediately directs her stories straight to the senses...her music glows with western light and pure energy.”
- Dean Gordon-Smith, The Vernon Morning Star

The Nashville Taxi Driver asked, "If you had to choose songwriting or performing, which would it be?"  "Songwriting, without a doubt," said Carolyn.

Highlights include opening for singer-songwriter, Eric Bogle, performing in singer-songwriter showcases with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes and folk duo Lester Quitzau and Mae Moore, Fred Penner, Wendell Ferguson, Shane Chisholm, Andrea England and Duane Steele.  Co-wrote the Kelowna’s official Centennial song “100 Years” for the City of Kelowna and was a regular participant in the George Ryga Songwriting Workshops at The Ryga Center in Summerland, B.C.

Singer-Songwriter Carolyn Anele (a-NEL) loves to write songs. She can be found at the kitchen table with papers and files all around her of songs in various forms of completion. It's a rare occurrence these days when she has solitude to write but squeezes out whatever time she gets during the everyday activities of being a wife, mother and homemaker. "Family and music, it doesn't get any better than that for me!"

Carolyn was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada – a rural town in the North Okanagan Valley surrounded by lakes, rivers and mountains. As a girl, she preferred creating her own melodies on the old family piano to the tedious practicing of scales and traditional compositions. In 1990, Carolyn began a seventeen-year career as a support worker at a Women's Shelter.  This work fostered her drive to pursue writing and performing.  In 1996, Carolyn attended her first workshop, a Power-Song Shop designed for advanced songwriters in Vancouver, B.C. This affirming opportunity inspired Carolyn to continue learning and honing her writing skills. In 2000, Carolyn started her career as a solo artist, writer, promoting her original material. She was chosen to perform her own songs that summer at a fundraising event held for the B.C. Children's Hospital.

Carolyn's 2002 debut album, “The Harbour” features seven original songs – a mixture of folk, contemporary, blue grass, spiritual and instrumental music. Her CD won a 2003 KADAC (Kelowna & District Arts Council) Award of Honour for CD Release in the Okanagan. In 2004, Carolyn was nominated for the KADAC favorite female performer of the year and favorite folk artist of the year.

Coinciding with the release of “The Harbour” CD, Carolyn's sell out debut concert in the spring of 2002, combined her musical pursuits with her humanitarian efforts – a fundraising event for Inside/Out, a violence prevention program for teens.

Carolyn has since released her 4 song CD, self titled “Carolyn Anele” as well as her Single Release called “Where Birds Sing”. After taking time to raise her family, Carolyn released her first full length album, "Where Birds Sing" in the Fall of 2013 to a sold out crowd.

In the winter of 2015, Carolyn released a song called "Watch Me Fly", written for a dear friend who passed away from Parkinson's Disease. "He loved hiking, sailing and all things Nature.  I like to believe he's out there free as a bird."  Joining Carolyn on the song is award winning Singer Songwriter, Engineer & Co-producer Andrew Smith and playing acoustic guitar and a '64 Precision' bass is Guitarist, Singer Songwriter and Entertainer, Wendell Ferguson a multiple CCMA winner, Juno nominee and a recent inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Carolyn currently resides in Vernon, B.C. with her husband, children, the family pets and performs for charities, benefits, festivals and showcases.

Carolyn's musical vision is to write songs that will inspire, uplift and heal.