Wade is set to release her debut record, The Old Ways, on November 14. Blending a palette of disparate genres and unusual instrumentation into an artful whole of beautiful substance, Wade conceived The Old Ways in collaboration with two select co-producers. As a multi-instrumentalist, Peter Kearns of New Zealand provided arrangements incorporating funky piano, swirling mellotron, harmonium, and elegant string arrangements among other inventive combinations. Bruce Springsteen cohort Marty Rifkin lent to The Old Ways a refined sense of Country, Blues, Folk, and Rock with his Nashville-caliber command of pedal and lap steel, dobro, electric and bass guitar. Modern as they are reflective of pop’s halcyon years, Kearns’ contributions were interwoven in natural concert with the more American traditions represented by Rifkin.
Wade’s music has attracted listeners hungry for songs where expectations are heightened rather than lowered, making “It’s Just Blood,” “Needles In The Waves,” “Cuddling With Doom,” and the title track popular staples of terrestrial and internet radio stations alike. At iacmusic.com, five of her songs have entered the Top 10, with three reaching #1. Recently, a new song by Wade, “Broken Soldier,” has the distinction of not only enjoying its eighth week at #1 on IAC’s Folk/Acoustic Rock/Americana chart, but also has been lodged at #39 on Neil Young’s Living With War Today page at www.neilyoung.com. Other recognitions include Los Angeles Music Awards’ Adult Alternative Female Singer-Songwriter of the Year for her song, “It’s Just Blood.” As the second song on The Old Ways, “It’s Just Blood” also has been featured in the Top 500 entries of Billboard’s World Songwriting Contest. Print media, including a forthcoming review in Music Connection magazine, are taking notice of The Old Ways in advance of its release.
Alive and present on the Los Angeles music scene, Wade takes her songs to the stage with full band at Molly Malone’s on November 14 in celebration of her long-awaited debut.
“Wade evokes complex emotions and abstractions rarely heard from a recording artist of today. The Old Ways is one of the most inventive new records to be released by a singer-songwriter of the modern era.”
Greg Debonne – Music Supervisor, Television
“Carrie Wade is her own kind of musician, and definitely one who’s willing to tackle more than one genre. Her debut release “The Old Ways” is at once hauntingly atmospheric and sweetly melodic. Vocally she’s reminiscent of Martha Davis gone acoustic.”
Bryan Kelly – Owner, Groove House Records
“Carrie Wade is an artist who has the gift of writing memorable hooks with lyrics that grab you and don’t let go. She’s had several hit songs on the KIAC Big 50, showing that her songs have reached a very high standard within the Indie world.”
Dave Walton and Scott Stambaugh – Founders, Independent Artists Company (iacmusic.com)