Carolyn Fe's Debut EP.
Carolyn Fe was to a family of entrepreneurs, whose enterprising spirit has clearly influenced her. In her pre-teen days, most of her after-school hours involved piano, dance and singing lessons. At a time before cultural diversity was ‘de rigueur’, being the only Asian family in a predominantly white, Francophone neighborhood, Carolyn learned to negotiate from the sidelines at an early age and it has been her strength ever since. She was a professional contemporary dancer until her mid-twenties, and when it was time to leave that, Carolyn entered the corporate realm where she is an accredited professional with her own consulting firm. She is also a professional actor and director and has her own theatre company, Altera Vitae Productions. In 2004, Carolyn co-founded the band DD Swank and fronted for them under the pseudonym Mama B. Now Carolyn feels it’s time to push the envelope and stretch her artistic talents yet again so she’s breaking out into a solo career.
With influences as diverse as Tom Waits, Patsy Cline and Blind Lemon, it is no surprise that Carolyn Fe’s singing style reflects a wide range of genres, all of which she effortlessly slides into, seamlessly morphing from the sweet, purity of a Holly Cole to the raunchy rock ’n roll edge of Tina Turner. Her acting experience gives her the unique ability to infuse lyrics with highly charged emotions – from extreme loss and love-gone-bad to light-hearted French cabaret or the languid sexiness of Brazilian bossa nova, shifting roles as easily as a quick change in the wings. Likely a left-over from her days as a hoofer, Carolyn Fe truly marches to her own beat, with percussion taking the lead in her unconventional treatment of music, able to transform a gospel into steamy jazz or fusing native and blues rhythms.
Having spent most of the DD Swank days covering an eclectic array of songwriters, stretching her versatility to the max, Carolyn Fe, as the solo artist, will be producing only original material with phrasing that at once evokes Janis Joplin begging for love, the hard-core, in-your-face strength of Jann Arden or the dreamy allure of Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins. Backed by veteran musicians who’ve played with the likes of Percy Sledge, Freddie James and Carol Franklin (Aretha’s sister), she is a highly versatile, well-rounded performer.
Carolyn possesses the deep soul of an artist who has lived on the fringe for most of her life, and made the most of it as the true innovator she is, giving her music and lyrics an insight and depth that cannot be imitated and must be heard.