Biography

Carolyn’s 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, friendship and the simple journey of the human heart

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  

A 2016 Finalist in the UK International Songwriting Contest for songs, "Coal Dust Sandwiches" and "Watch Me Fly" and a Semi-Finalist for "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 Songwriter's 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 for Carolyn’s song, “I’m A Baby” 

2013 Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for Carolyn's song, "Coal Dust Sandwiches"  
(written by Carolyn Anele & Howard Brown)



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

“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, Canadian Singer Songwriter

“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.