Carolyn Russell is an award winning musician and vocal coach, highly sought after for beginners to professionals. Member of ASCAP, BMI, GMA, ACDA, and LMEA. She is best known for customizing vocal coaching and vocal health plan for each client with great care helping each person reach their full God given potential.
But where did she begin? Carolyn was born in CA and raised in the very small town of Robert, LA. She started taking piano lessons and became a Christian when she was 7, writing songs at 9 at a national level. You could say God and music have been a foundational part of her life. Her first solo performance was playing the piano for the offering at a small church in Bedico, LA when she was 9. As a freshman she auditioned to be the pianist for the school’s advanced choir. In addition to play the piano, the choir director asked her to be in the choir, never wanting to be a vocalist, he kept encouraging her to be in the school’s advanced choir and had much success.
During her teen years, Carolyn fell in love with music that had positive life giving themes and worship music, when she heard the group Petra sing the song “More Power to Ya”. Having great music and great lyrics in her life inspired her to draw closer to God through music as a youth. Her influences back then were Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith today those artists influence her music along with Sara Groves, Kari Jobe, Norah Jones, Nicole Nordeman to name a few! Carolyn, since high school, graduated from Louisiana College in Vocal Music Education and has been teaching teenagers and adults for over 25 years through choirs, ensembles, private lessons, workshops, seminars on vocal health and professional vocal coaching in recording studios. God now has her doing the three things she avoided and said she would never do: sing, public speaking and writing. She quickly learned that God often works through us in the areas we resist the most! Carolyn encourages others to embrace things they are scared of trying, it could be the very areas that will fulfill your purpose in life. Ironically, the very class that inspired her to sing, she later became the choral director at that high school for 5 years. God's plan is ALWAYS better than our own.
In 2004, Carolyn started working on her debut album in Nashville. Along the way she met great friends in the industry and started singing some of her new songs locally. Then in the middle of that project hurricane Katrina came and stalled the completion of the debut CD. She then turned her focus on doing relief concerts to help 89.1fm Lifesongs Radio get back on the air after losing their transmitter in the hurricane. A couple weeks before Katrina, Carolyn was able to complete the recording for three songs and those songs were placed on an EP in December of 2005. It wasn’t the full debut album she had planned but in time she learned that the full album was in God’s hands in His perfect timing.
That perfect timing happened in 2007 with the launch of CR91 Ministry. Christ Restores is founded on the principle that only Jesus can rescue and restore relationships, health and life. We cannot change people, but God can change the hearts of people.
Carolyn’s full album "By Your Side" was released in June of 2008 by Creative Soul Records of Nashville, TN. Carolyn is persistent in following God’s purpose for her life in sharing her story God has given her through music, life coaching, speaking and teaching. Carolyn's heart is in sharing her story with women and teens who are going through some of life's toughest times. Also to help shape the next generation of worship leaders in the church. Carolyn has a passion for vocal health and sharing it with others so they can sing to their fullest potential.
Carolyn has performed all over the US and Internationally. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Ireland to mention a few. Carolyn has a heart for the people in Moscow, Russia and is eager to return! Carolyn's choirs have performed at NBA games, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Disney World multiple times. Currently Carolyn is an active part of the Worship & Creative Team at Church of the King in Mandeville & Metairie, LA. There she helps lead worship during the weekend services, assists with seasonal productions, coaches and develops the vocalists on the worship team. She is also a private piano teacher and vocal coach in the Greater New Orleans area.
Carolyn's album was recorded in Nashville with producer Eric Copeland. Recorded at Creative Soul, Dark Horse and Sunset Blvd recording studios in Nashville. Tom Hemby, Steve Brewster, the late Jackie Street, Aaron Herman and Jennifer Duncan are the musicians on the CD. Carolyn is available for concerts, festivals, leading worship, women’s events, vocal clinics for churches, vocal coaching, health classes and speaking engagements.
Carolyn resides were her husband Jason and their two children Michael and Rebekah in Louisiana.