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When I Was Made

by Edie Carey

A lush and intimate new collection of stunning songs from award-winning alt-country/pop singer-songwriter Edie Carey. Find out why CD Baby prez Derek Sivers swears "if Edie Carey was a stock, I'd be putting my life savings there about now."
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. With Our Hands
3:56 $0.99
2. Open Wide
5:43 $0.99
3. All The Way Down
3:24 $0.99
4. If I Start To Cry
4:39 $0.99
5. Chemistry
4:38 $0.99
6. Compromise (Be A Poet About It)
4:04 $0.99
7. Already Gone
4:19 $0.99
8. I Need You
3:32 $0.99
9. Under A Sky
4:22 $0.99
10. Yes
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes

"Her voice [is] a full, expressive instrument with the gentility of Suzanne Vega and the soft punch of Rickie Lee Jones...On Carey's fourth album 'When I Was Made' she adds...a warm, rootsy mix, reminiscent of country-tinged chanteuses like Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams (if not as rough as the latter). The result is a lovely, shimmering, heart-felt record, highlighted by springy ballads like 'Open Wide' and 'Chemistry,' both of which, in tone and content, deal poignantly with the imperfections of romance."

PASTE MAGAZINE, February 2004
"Edie Carey is gifted with one of those voices that could sound great singing anything. So the mystery and beauty on her [third] studio full-length is how she maintains an intimate, delicate approach on her elegant, if low-key singer-songwriter folk-pop. Economic instrumentation forces all your attention toward the gentle story-telling, rich with humanity and insight... Vulnerable and pleasing, Carey draws us into her world, where we find we have a lot in common."

"Bare of self-pity and full of down-to-earth revelation, 'When I Was Made' is a little country, a little adult-contemporary, and a lot of fine music."

"****(four stars)"

THE ONION, July 2004
"What sets [Carey] apart...is her effortless ability to be gentle: The songs on last year's 'When I Was Made' don't need to get loud to be effective. Listen closely, and expect to be impressed."

"Once in a while, while plowing through the piles of CD's we get here at Gritz, I happen across a real diamond in the rough. Such was the case with this album from Edie Carey. This girl has one of the most pleasing voices I have heard in a while, and her songwriting only serves to enhance the whole package. Moody, beautiful tunes like 'Open Wide' mix with up tempo acoustic romps like 'With Our Hands' and 'Chemistry.' A beautiful, beautiful album."

BOSTON HERALD, October 2004
"You know the Americana trend has taken hold when one of New York City's slickest acoustic-popsters, Edie Carey, adds banjo and dobro to her indie album 'When I Was Made.' The sound suits her, too. It's a tuneful, lightly plaintive folk-pop winner..."

NEW HAVEN ADVOCATE, September 2003
"'When I Was Made'...is filled with tuneful contemplative, gentle folk tunes with a full complement of twangy banjo-dobro-pedal steel backing. Carey's got a rich, breathy voice, and breaks the mold enough to keep it interesting."


The title of Edie Carey's third studio release, "When I Was Made," is a helpful key when listening to this lush and intimate new collection of songs. Creation is a theme that reappears throughout the album, most notably in the rolling, mesmerizing "Chemistry," inspired by Shelley's Frankenstein, and in "If I Start to Cry," in which Carey asks some of the hardest questions a child can ask of a father: I'm just like my mother / And if you don't love her / What does that mean about me? But the album title also seems to point to her own re-making of herself as an artist. From the first vibrant moments of "With Our Hands," it is clear that Carey has taken a mindful step in a rather different musical direction. This is by far her most countrified recording to date, with its liberal sprinklings of banjo, pedal and lap steel, and dobro throughout. Yet, it's not so much the instrumentation that's changed, but her tone. There is an almost palpable maturity and depth in her voice that can only come from three years of rigorous touring and simply growing up. She sounds so at home on this record, so laid back, and yet fierce at the same time. Carey is more confident than ever, and she is not afraid to take her sweet time carving out her stories right before your eyes.

Produced by Evan Brubaker and Troy Glessner, "When I Was Made" features a bevy of singer-songwriters moonlighting as session players: Jonathan Kingham, Skip Peri, as well as Julie Wolf (Ani Difranco band).


* Finalist for Album of the Year, Independent Music Awards, 2004
* Grand Prize, Guitar Center's "The Producer Project" Contest, 2004
* Finalist, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition, 2004
* Finalist, Rocky Mountain Folks Songwriter Showcase, 2003-4
* Honorable Mention, Billboard & USA Songwriting Contests, 2003-4
* Songs featured on The WB's "Charmed" & MTV's "Road Rules" 2002
* Performer, Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT, 2002
* Opener, Melissa Ferrick Spring Tour 2004 & Fall Tour 2002

With her warm, graceful voice and her knack for cutting "into a subject...with a diamond-edged blade**," Edie Carey grabs hold of her audiences and doesn't let go until she steps off the stage. While her songs are what first draw listeners in, it's what she says in between that keeps them coming back. Carey's wry and self-mocking humor, coupled with her ability to tell a great story, makes audiences feel as though they have just spent the evening with a very close friend. Given the triple threat of her magnetic stage presence, heart-grabbing songs, and almost unearthly voice, it's no wonder that the word about Carey is traveling fast. Performing Songwriter called her last release, When I Was Made, "a lovely, shimmering, heart-felt record"; Harp Magazine proclaimed it "bare of self-pity and full of down-to-earth revelation"; Paste declared it "vulnerable and pleasing...rich with humanity and insight," and Country Music Weekly gave it "****."

Since beginning her rigorous touring schedule in 1999, Carey has performed in rooms such as The Bottom Line and Bowery Ballroom in New York City, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Boston's Somerville Theatre and Club Passim, The Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, The Opera House in Toronto, and The Borderline in London. She has also played repeat performances at The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The Southern Womyn's Festival, The Houston Women's Festival, and Chicago's Edgewater Days and Market Days. She has shared the stage with artists as varied as Leo Kottke, Ani DiFranco, Jonatha Brooke, Lucy Kaplansky, Patty Larkin, and Sandra Bernhard, and has toured extensively with Melissa Ferrick.

When I Was Made was produced by Evan Brubaker (Holly Figueroa, David LaMotte) and Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios in Tacoma, WA. Featuring acclaimed Seattle-based musicians Jonathan Kingham, Skip Peri, Dan Tyack, and Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco), When I Was Made was released in January 2004. Edie's previous albums, Come Close, Call Me Home, and The Falling Places were released to critical acclaim in 2002, 2000, and 1998, respectively.

*WUMB-FM, Boston



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Lance Foss

Buy this album new at full-price.
I have spent twenty uncompensated and alone hours sampling other work, and finding out behind-the-scenes to the best of my ability what makes Edie Carey's "When I was Made" and "Bring the Sea" so very, very special. They gotta-be deeply moving or I wouldn't spend the time on them.

In WIWM and BTS, Edie Carey honestly gives us everything I think possible that an artistically brave woman can sincerely express, and it is GOOD.

I am an eleven-year grateful listener of the song "Chemistry" that was part of the "Songs Inspired by Literature" project(s) - track #6 SIBL Chapter 3, track #5 in WIWM. This album, "When I was Made and "Bring the Sea," are produced and combined in a way by Evan Brubaker that is pure hands-on and hands-off genius! Evan Brubaker couples Edie with banjo (exactly done - all instrumental and voice back-ups perfect - take it to the bank), dobro, cello, viola, piano, percussion, a complexity, a pace, an emotional depth and presentation which is an off-the-charts gift to a mind that will let-somebody-else-in. I encourage anybody to open this huge-, deep-, fantastic Christmas present!

Andy K

An Amazingly Intimate and Powerful Offering
I stumbled across Edie Carey on CDBaby nearly two years ago and, in short order, owned all of her CD's to that point with CALL ME HOME topping the short list. Everything changed with WHEN I WAS MADE...and very much for the better. My favorites When I Start To Cry and Compromise seem to be intensely personal and I feel honored to be allowed to listen in. By themselves they would make this a keeper, but there is so much more. With Our Hands is a great song but then add Jonathan Kingham's dobro and banjo pickin' and what a treat this one becomes. Go ahead...try not to move or sing along with it. Additionally, Under A Sky, All The Way Down, and Chemistry (JK/banjo again) are just three more chapters in this amazing offering. And if this wasn't enough for you to purchase WHEN I WAS MADE, know this: After seeing Edie in concert, what resonates with her audience beyond her awe-inspiring voice/songwriting is the fact that she intensely loves sharing her craft with us and is so very grateful that we stopped by to listen. No...the gratitude is ours, Edie C.

Riley Johnson

Intricate, Intimate, and Incredible..
Fans new and old will love this CD. For old fans, this record expands into seemingly new territory with its banjo and occasional dobro. For new fans, Carey's intimate yet universal lyrics grab one (gently) by the lapels and urge one to continue to listen. How she does it, I'll never know, but one thing's for certain, this album is worth every single penny.

Kathleen Ann Bianco

Fantastic! Serene! Calming!
Music offers a free-flowing way to relax, a calming collection of music that warms your soul....definitely a WINNER! Thank you for sharing your voice and your feelings with the world....success.....you have it!

Laura Prouty

Simply beautiful ~
Every song on this CD was beautiful - Edies lyrics along with her angelic voice - I listen to it over and over again -

Mike Sikorsky

Delicate & powerful. Wow!!!
GREAT music! Her delicate voice gently reached out and grabbed me. That's when I heard the inner strength behind the vocal. Truly wonderful!

CD Baby

This woman wraps up a heartfelt CD of resonant, reflective and stirring songs, like a sweet meeting of intelligent female folk pop with a light-hearted jangle; it will tickle fans of Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, and with her dabbling in bluegrass, even Allison Krauss. Like an expert chef, she knows how to season, enrich and garnish her songs, striking the palate with sweet, salty, creamy and generally full-bodied songs. Find out why CD Baby president, Derek Sivers, swears "if Edie Carey was a stock, I'd be putting my life savings there about now."

Beth Coccaro, The Space, Hamden, CT

Absolutely amazing, makes me soar
As a talent scout, I am required to listen to dozens of albums a month. I cannot say enough about this cd - it is completely amazing, and I agree with Derek Sivers all the way. This is Edie Carey's year. I reach for this CD when I need to be centered, or wallow in my feelings for a while, and Edie Carey captures the essence of them absolutely. I cannot wait to see her perform again at our venue to thank her personally for providing a vehicle that makes me soar. The sooner you buy this CD, the sooner you'll be agreeing with me.


pop-folk at its best
This is IMO Edie's best CD to date. Intimate heart-felt story-telling. Intense vocals. Pop-folk won't get any better than this.

Kevin Allred

Absolutely amazing!!!!
Edie's new record is her best yet. On the first listen, I burst into tears from the sheer beauty of the lyrics. Edie is truly an amazing human being and one of the nicest people I have ever met. Buy this record now because you will slap yourself for not having bought it sooner. It's my favorite record of the year!
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