They say I got my musical genes from my grandpa (a singing baptist preacher from the south). I grew up in a musical family and continued my love of music throughout my adult life. I love mixing the old 100’s (old-time hymns, spirituals) with what’s now called contemporary gospel. For me, tis a blending of the old with the new: gospel, jazz, blues, pop, traditional and making it interestingly my own.
Winning my first singing contest at age of 12; first taste of success participating in the miss S.F. pageant -- won’t tell you when. Winning both Miss Grand talent and Miss congeniality -- representing San Francisco in the Miss Bronze Contest, Los Angeles. Highlights were meeting Sammy Davis Jr; sitting at table with Mr. and Mrs. Nat King Cole; featured in Ebony, Jet, receiving a contract to sing in Australia; and finally featured in Bay Area’s Diablo Magazine. I’ve sung at clubs throughout the Bay Area; Funerals, Weddings, you name it: I’ve been there.
I’m so blessed to have survived breast cancer for eight years now! And I’m loving every day of it! Survival gave me a new perspective to the way I view life! Its all good -- even the bad times. Serves to make us who we are now. Singing daily, sometimes into the late night(\"Without A Song\") while praying and finally surrending -- pulled me thru all the “unknowns” waiting, waiting -- for diagnosis; waiting, researching/choosing my options; waiting for surgery; going through six weeks of daily radiation and waiting for prognosis. I feel God allowed me to survive to draw closer to Him while encouraging others not to be afraid; what He did for me, He can do for them. This Cd is dedicated to all “survivors“ to just keep the faith! This project can be summed up in this old “100” song: “A charge to keep I have; a God to glorify!” I want to keep singing, touching, comforting, loving, helping, encouraging.
My pastor, J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, California writes: \"Many times I have entered the Allen Temple pulpit with fatigue and low inspiration. Upon hearing the clear and anointed voice of sister Anderson, and the passion with which she sang, the sermon stirrings of my soul would lift me to preach with angelic inspiration. Glory be to God is the sweet essence of the singing of Sis. Anderson to our ears. Share this CD with others and they will be blessed innumerable times.\"
Ellen Hoffman bay area teacher, pianist, director, producer, Broadway Singers and one of founders Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir writes: \"it has been my great joy, and satisfaction to work with Carolyn on this cd. Her voice is beautiful and strong, and her vocal improvising is sublime. Her determination and conviction, enthusiasm, courage to try new ideas and her boundless creativity are equally striking to me. It is my hope that the listener will spend time with each song. They all offer something special; a unique and personal interpretation!\"
Me: easy listening, meditative, thought provocating, tender, deep and sometimes jazzy, blusey. You’ll love the Title song, “Lord I Come” a beautiful new prayer, written by Minister of Music, Betty Gadling. Stepping out on faith possibly breaking a few rules musically; however a different perspective to the safe might prove interesting -- while staying true and in the spirit. An eclectic mix of soulful, contemporary, down-home gospel, spirituals, pop and traditional songs. My desire is that you are blessed by what you see and hear. Enjoy!