THERESE CARLETON ...Who is Therese Carleton? What is her 'thing', man? I get this all of the time...People want to know what an artist sounds like, what kind of genre they fit into... but once a person hears my music, they begin to understand that the artist and her music are comprised of many different 'things'. A culmination of influences that emerge from growing up around Detroit, Michigan, from being trained to sing classical/madrigal music throughout my high school years, from the hugely diverse music collections owned by my father and brother I listened to while growing up, cutting my musical teeth, from teaching myself to play guitar by ear, and still playing by ear and finally, from my discovery of and love-affair with the jam band lifestyle and performance style.... FREEDOM I like the idea of not being limited to any one style of music. I like to incorporate a variety of different feels and grooves into what I do and combine them with lyrics that touch the soul, enlighten, soothe, inspire, and entertain. So, much of what I am about as an artist is in the live performance. I believe that this is what truly sustains an artist. It is the interaction between and artist and the audience that makes it worthwhile. It was THAT interaction with an audience of 10,000 people at the annual Hoe-Down at Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan that took me on my musical journey... THE PATH THAT BROUGHT ME HERE I LEFT Detroit for Nashville, Tennessee...for 13 years I played places like the Bluebird Café, now known for it's feature in the movie 'Nashville', and other little places around town that showcased singer-songwriter types like myself. If Motown taught me to sing, Nashville schooled me in song writing; I learned and I wrote. Writing the bulk of my catalog while living there I spent some time trying to woo Warner Brothers and then finally landed an audio-biography of where my head was at that time. The lyrics are strong, provocative and introspective. The music was borne out of a band of studio musicians that played on numerous projects for many well-known performers; I fell in love with all of them! The CD received great reviews from music and radio business publications like Album Network, who chose it as one of the top ten picks for that year. We were encouraged by the fifty radio stations from all over the country that were playing the first single 'A Woman like Me' which was also used recently in Ads for 'The Women of WB'. A year or so later I recorded a second CD with some of the same musicians. 'Right as Rain' has some of the same overtones that the first CD had on it but there is a noticeable difference in some of the lyrical content; it is more playful, less pensive and explores more of the subtleties of song craft. 'AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?' I got tired of butting my head up against the wall that the industry built between themselves and the artists who make the music. I was angry at the double standards that exist in the industry, the emphasis that was placed on the superficial. I could not reconcile myself with the well known fact that image is everything and sex sells. If that was what it took to 'Make It', then I decided I did not want to be a part of the business. I felt that my music deserved more than trying to force it and myself to conform to someone else's 'idea' about it. I felt like I deserved more than selling out to commercial pressure and I am sure that no one ever told John Popper that he was not pretty enough to be a recording artist! So I left Nashville for Portland, Oregon, hoping to pursue making and performing music more on my own terms...Honest and true to who I am. AND NOW... I now reside in Portland, Oregon, currently writing material for my third CD... Amongst the songs already written for the CD is a song called 'Feels Right', that wrote after seeing the movie 'Chocolat'. Mysteriously, the lyrics came to me by way of John Bell, lead singer for one of my favorite bands, 'Widespread Panic'- it was his voice singing them to me in my head. I have spent the last couple years pitching the song to him in some very creative ways! My ambition is to keep playing because that is what I love to do. Live music is a great thing and we should all support it. Thank you all for your support! See you out there... Therese Carleton.