Carolyn Striho

Nominated for over fifty Detroit Music Awards in recent years, Carolyn won the Outstanding Rock Songwriter in 2016 for the second year in a row at the Detroit Music Awards in April, was again nominated for many more awards, and sang at the awards show held at Detroit’s Fillmore Theatre.  Her CD “Word Attack” won the Outstanding Acoustic/Americana CD of the Year in the 2014, and “Honesty” won Outstanding CD of the Year in 2010. With five tours of Europe under her belt, she is working on yet another European tour, has a book on the way, and will be releasing another album in 2017.

Melodic, Jazz-Infused Detroit Rock & Roll

Promised Land

Nominated for Outstanding Indie Video 2103 — Detroit Music Awards





(Directed by Lindy Lenk)


Detroit’s Concert of Colors, 2011 with (producer/bassist) Don Was for the Billboard Magazine award-winning song, “Enchante”

Sing it to Me

Nominated for 2011 Outstanding Indie Video – Detroit Music Awards (directed by Mike Kinnunen)

come on, June!

Well, hello!  I’m ingetPart-4 my new website writing the latest. Right now, happy to announce that the new website is up and running. I have added a bit more to it and streamlined some, too. Later, I hope to have some of my poems added as I’m working on a poetry book and also, a surprise book. I’ve won another Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Rock Songwriter 2016. This is the 2nd year in a row for this Award and quite timely, as I’m writing and recording my songs and my poems – and my “big” book.  Thanks for being so patient, and thanks again to the music and art community for a fresh, new Award. There are some new summer shows coming up possibly in Canada and up north, but my first one is back at Detroit’s Riverdays Festival right on the river, Friday night, June 24th—if you’re in Detroit, come on and share a blast of music with the band and me (and the B-52s!)

I started recording last year, and I have been working on publishing for my music and writing. I’m poised to release a new album but decided to add a few more songs —releasing several singles first – possibly with new video. There’s been several club/festival considerations requests- with so much writing right now, I’m not doing a full tour just yet but will have more select shows coming up late summer into Fall…  Blessings to a summer of love and joy xox


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Where to Get the Music:

Upcoming Shows

  1. Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

    July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Cafe Campus/Petit Campus Montreal QC

    July 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  3. Bands Together Against Cancer – Festival!

    September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  4. Callahan’s Music Hall

    October 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  5. Stray Cat Lounge

    December 11 @ 9:00 pm - December 12 @ 12:00 am

Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Carolyn Striho made her name fronting the dynamic Detroit Energy Asylum and her work with Patti Smith. And in the last couple dozen years as a solo performer, Carolyn has gained a strong reputation for charismatic, high-energy stage performances with her songs, vocals, guitar and keyboards. Wildly original, melodic and passionate, Striho’s music has been described as being written “from the silver edge of midnight”

All Music Guide

A lifelong Detroiter, Carolyn was the lead singer/songwriter and keyboardist of the early art/punk/jazz era combos the Cubes and Rough Cut. She then fronted her all-star ensemble Detroit Energy Asylum before embarking on a wide-ranging solo career in which she’s explored rock, pop, folk, jazz, punk rock, cabaret and alternative music. “The delightful difficulty people have in pigeonholing Striho was underscored in one of Carolyn’s Detroit Music Award trophies in 2010, a startling victory for her techno remix of “Promised Land” from her Outstanding CD of the Year in Rock/Pop, “Honesty.”

Ben Edmonds

Detroit Free Press/Mojo Magazine

“Carolyn is a poetic songwriter who plays piano (sometimes with the heel of her boot) and acoustic guitar (with her fingers) while singing in a style that might be jazzy, bluesy, torchy, fiery or any combination of the above…strutting and growling and singing a version of “D Downtown” that would have made Petula Clark feel like tourist, she’s worth tracking down!”

Neal Rubin

Detroit News, 2013

“Carolyn Striho is a singer/songwriter with a vibrant voice, passion and energy. Carolyn’s a very respected Detroit songwiter and amazing live performer. She’s been on tour and in the studio with Patti Smith, Steve Earle, Luis Resto (Eminem) and David McMurray (Johnny Hallyday/Kid Rock). She’s a truly exciting arista!”

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