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 & Judy Collins and the humorous sensibilities of Connie Kaldor, Carolyn writes songs that can make you laugh and make you cry   

Carolyn Anele, singer, songwriter, Vernon BC

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 September 2018

- Finished in the recording studio - CDs are being shipped!  Check out Lake 

CD RELEASE CONCERT - Saturday, September 29th - See Events for more information


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

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

Where Birds Sing

Carolyn's debut full length album

'Where Birds Sing'

received the following awards:

"Coal Dust Sandwiches" written by Carolyn Anele & Howard Brown garnered a Top Ten Finalist position in the Folk/Americana Category of the great American Song Contest 2017.

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 Anele and Howard Brown's song,
"Coal Dust Sandwiches"  


... Carolyn has the gift of music, strong melody and lyric.  She thinks and analyzes and finds her bliss in the song - 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 - Singer Songwriter, Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Order of Canada

"Carolyn Anele is a Singer with a beautiful voice... a spectacular songwriter."
- Marion Barchel, CBC Radio

"...Something that strikes me about Carolyn is that she appears to understand that becoming a songwriter is an art, not unlike the art of living, that reflects a gradual, steady, hardworking process that doesn't happen overnight."
- Ken Smedley, Producer, George Ryga Centre

"Vernon singer/songwriter Carolyn Anele’s third recording, Where Birds Sing, mixes traditional themes and cosmopolitan country-rock songs. The album also references her solitary folk roots. She’s a little bit Nashville, a little bit out on the open range.  Like her previous EP, Anele writes and sings about the landscape. She mixes those images with lyrics about living a simple life in a candid, off-hand manner. As such, her music has a wide range of appeal… Where Birds Sing is a deep recording with unpretentious material and an emotionally connected performance."
- Dean Gordon-Smith is a Vernon-based musician who reviews new releases for The Morning Star

“In review of the album that you sent me, Where Birds Sing: I am very impressed with this album.  The tunes are all heralded with your smooth sweet voice, deep themes, and complete package as an album.  Your voice is exceptional!  The songs that are striking me the most are: Blue Skies And Starry Nights, A Mother's Prayer, Where Birds Sing, When I Am Old, Butterfly, and I'm A Baby.  I have been playing a selection of the songs on my radio show to very favorable responses...”   
- James Miller, Programmer, CJLY Kootenay Co-op Radio, Nelson, British Columbia, February 2014

"Vocally, Anele's voice is fresh and pure, yet resonant with confidence and maturity.  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


  1. 1 Wishes, Dreams & Centuries 04:24
  2. 2 Watch Me Fly - Piano 02:58
  3. 3 Wild Horse Canyon 04:17
  4. 4 Stars 03:09
  5. 5 Banjo Soul 03:38
  6. 6 Motorcycle Recycler 02:33
  7. 7 The Goose Song 03:00
  8. 8 Like Fine Wine and Whiskey This Ol' Girl Gets Better With Age 02:53
  9. 9 Bring That Mountain Down 03:53
  10. 10 Matter Of Time 05:21
  11. 11 Me & Marty 03:34
  12. 12 I'm Not Ready (A Mother's Prayer) Piano Version 04:14
  13. 13 Watch Me Fly - Guitar 02:53
  14. 14 Coal Dust Sandwiches 02:56
  15. 15 Blue Skies and Starry Nights 02:43
  16. 16 Birch Trees 02:26
  17. 17 Nickel A Row 02:11
  18. 18 Billy Miner's Breath 02:49
  19. 19 Where Birds Sing 03:21
  20. 20 When I Am Old 02:29
  21. 21 Butterfly 02:24
  22. 22 I'm A Baby 01:53
  23. 23 Tears 04:12
  24. 24 Rain 02:51
  25. 25 Enchanted 01:23
  26. 26 Breathe 03:10
  27. 27 The Hill Behind Margaret's House 03:19
  28. 28 Not A Day Goes By 03:04
  29. 29 Your Love Is Good 04:02
  30. 30 Slow Burnin' Sun 03:06
  31. 31 Blessed Be 03:01
  32. 32 The Harbour 04:16
  33. 33 The Vow Of The Midwife 04:41
  34. 34 Where Water Meets The Sky 02:50
  35. 35 Remember When 03:00

Upcoming Events

2017/2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition

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

2017 The Great American Song Contest

Carolyn's song, 'Bring That Mountain Down' - Soon to be released in Summer 2018 was awarded a Finalist position in the Country Category of the 2017 Great American International Song Contest.  (100 Finalists were chosen overall from 1800 entries)

'Coal Dust Sandwiches' written by Carolyn Anele & Howard Brown garnered a Top Ten Finalist position in the Folk/Americana Category. 

2017 UK Songwriting Contest

2017 International UK Songwriting Contest Awarded the following:

Bring That Mountain Down - Finalist in the Country Category (soon to be released Spring 2018)

Hard Times - Special Mention Certificate in the Acoustic & Folk Category

Billy Miner's Breath - Higher Commended Entry in the Acoustic & Folk Category

Enchanted - Higher Commended Entry in the Instrumental Category

2016 UK Songwriting Contest

2016 International UK Songwriting Contest - First time Song Entries were awarded the following:  

Coal Dust Sandwiches - Finalist in the Acoustic Folk Category 

Watch Me Fly - Finalist in the Country Category

I'm Not Ready (A Mother's Prayer) - Semi Finalist in both the Adult Contemporary and Singer Songwriter Categories

I'm A Baby - Semi Finalist in the 'Other' Category

Semi-Finalist for 'Coal Dust Sandwiches'

Semi-Finalist for  "Coal Dust Sandwiches" -written by Carolyn Anele and Howard Brown.  

Now I didn't think this was a big deal
until they announced that there were almost 19,000 song entries from 100 countries and that Semi-Finalists make the top 8%. 


Carolyn is a member of:

- Music BC Industry Association

- Folk Music Canada

- Socan (Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada)  

Coffee House - Okanagan Landing & District Community Association

Okanagan Landing & District Community Association hosts the Paddle Wheel Park Coffeehouse at 7801 Okanagan Landing Road.  7:00 pm, Doors open 6:30 pm.  

The coffee house will start up this Fall 2018.  To secure a playing slot and for more information,
please call 250-558-4233

Okanagan Landing & District Community Association hosts the Paddle Wheel Park Coffeehouse at 7801 Okanagan Landing Road. 7:00 pm, Doors open 6:30 pm.

The coffee house will start up this Fall 2018. To secure a playing slot and for more information, please call 250-558-4233

Okanagan Celtic Choir

We are the Okanagan Celtic Choir!
The Okanagan Celtic Choir was formed in 2011 by Choir Director Andrew Mercer from the Vernon Band 'Cod Gone Wild'. This group is a lot of fun and new choir members are always welcome throughout the season.  We now have 4 sections: Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Bass!
Please contact Andrew Mercer for more information  and visit our Facebook Page