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Carolyn Bagur

Carolyn Webb Russell was born in CA and raised in the very small town of Robert, LA. She started taking piano lessons and became a Christian when she was 7, writing songs at 9 at a national level. You could say God and music have been a foundational part of her life. Her first solo performance was playing the piano for offering at a small church in Bedico, LA when she was 9. As a freshman she auditioned to be the pianist for the school’s advanced choir. instead, the director asked her to be in the choir, never feeling like a vocalist, she was co-erced to be in the school’s advanced choir and had much success.

During her teen years, Carolyn was turned on to Contemporary Christian music when she heard the group Petra sing the song “More Power to Ya”. Having great music and great lyrics in her life inspired her to draw closer to God through music as a youth. Her influences back then were Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith today those artists influence her music along with Sara Groves, Kari Jobe, Norah Jones, Nicole Nordeman and numerous others!

Carolyn, since high school, graduated from Louisiana College in Vocal Music Education and has been teaching teenagers and adults for over 20 years through choirs, ensembles, private lessons, workshops, seminars on vocal health and professional vocal coaching. God now has her doing the three things she avoided and said she would never do: sing, public speaking and writing books. She quickly learned that God uses you in the areas you resist the most! Carolyn encourages others to embrace things you are scared of trying, it could be the very areas you should be involved. So, the very class that inspired her to sing, she later became the choral director at that high school for 5 years. God's plan is always better than ours.

In 2004, Carolyn started working on her debut album in Nashville. Along the way she met great friends in the industry and started singing some of her new songs locally. Then in the middle of that project hurricane Katrina came and stalled the completion of the debut CD. She then turned her focus on doing relief concerts to help 89.1fm Lifesongs Radio get back on the air after losing their transmitter in the hurricane. A couple weeks before Katrina, Carolyn was able to complete three songs and those songs were placed on an EP in December of 2005. It wasn’t quite the debut album she had planned but in time she learned that the full album was in God’s hands in His perfect timing.

That perfect timing happened in 2007 with the launch of CR91 Ministry. Christ Restores is founded on the principle that only Jesus can rescue and restore relationships, health and life. We cannot change people, but God can change the hearts of people. Carolyn’s full album By Your Side was released in June of 2008 by Creative Soul Records of Nashville, TN.

Carolyn is persistent in following God’s purpose for her life in sharing the story God has given her through music and personal testimony. Carolyn's heart is in sharing her story with women and teens who are going through some of life's toughest times. Also to help shape the next generation of worship leaders in the church. Carolyn has a passion for vocal health and sharing it with others so they can sing to their fullest postential. You can visit her website to learn more on these topics.

Carolyn has performed all over the US and Internationally. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Ireland to mention a few. Carolyn has a heart for the people in Moscow, Russia and is eager to return! Carolyn's choirs have performed at NBA games, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Disney World multiple times. Currently Carolyn is an active part of the Worship & Arts Ministry at Church of the King in Mandeville & Metairie, LA. There she helps lead worship during the weekend services, coaches and develops the vocalists on the worship team. She is also a private piano teacher and vocal coach in the Greater New Orleans area. If you would like more information on having Carolyn work with you on piano, vocal or performance skills. Call 985.590.4545. Skype lessons are also available if out of town.

Carolyn's album was recorded in Nashville with producer Eric Copeland. Recorded at Creative Soul, Dark Horse and Sunset Blvd recording studios in Nashville. Tom Hemby, Steve Brewster, the late Jackie Street, Aaron Herman and Jennifer Duncan are the musicians on the CD.

CDs available through this site, or the band website, itunes and many other online media sources, etc.

Carolyn is available for concerts, festivals, leading worship, women’s events, vocal clinics for churches, vocal coaching, health classes and speaking engagements. Contact Carolyn to get your event booked!

Psalms 91: 14-16
The Lord says, “ I will rescue those who love me,
I will protect those who trust in my name.
When they call on my I will answer
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.

I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation .