“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'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
Wishes, Dreams & Centuries
Wishes, Dreams & Centuries CD Release Concert - Fall 2018
Song 'Watch Me Fly' (piano version) - Awarded Finalist in the 2018 UK Songwriting Contest in the Singer Songwriter Category (released on Wishes, Dreams & Centuries 2018 album)
Song 'Bring That Mountain Down' - Awarded Finalist in the 2017 UK Songwriting Contest in the Country Category (released on Wishes, Dreams & Centuries 2018 album)
Where Birds Sing
Carolyn's debut full length album 'Where Birds Sing' received the following awards:
2019 Finalist for "I'm A Baby" in the Great American Song Contest in the Special Music Category
2017 Top Ten Finalist in the Folk/Americana Category of the Great American Song Contest for "Coal Dust Sandwiches" written by Carolyn Anele & Howard Brown
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"
2013 Semi-finalist in the 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