Nominated for over sixty Detroit Music Awards in recent years, Carolyn Striho won Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter of the Year two years in a row,  2015 and 2016. Other notable awards include Outstanding Americana Album of the Year 2014 for Word Attack and Outstanding Rock/Pop Album of the Year 2010 for Honesty. In 2009, her song “Enchante” received an honorable mention from Billboard Magazine for Song of the Year. In addition to her famously charismatic live shows at many festivals, clubs, and art galleries in the Midwest and Canada, she has six tours of Europe under her belt, as well as a two-month stretch in Japan, has opened for Steve Earle in England, and has performed in Detroit, Toronto and London with Patti Smith.

Carolyn is best known for her impassioned live shows and songwriting. From fronting the legendary Detroit Energy Asylum to performing with Patti Smith, from her early punk/art rock years with the Cubes and touring Japan with Rough Cut, to occasionally performing with Don Was and the Was (Not Was) Band, Iggy Pop, the Ramones and the Slits, Carolyn’s musical résumé is as impressive as it is extensive. 

Carolyn’s latest projects include a brand new album and a book, both to be released later in 2019.

“Eclectic and avant-garde! Afterthought makes a bold and original statement from Carolyn as an artist, and why she has carved out a strong musical identity and loyal following!”

Northstar Media


Carolyn Striho has been creating music in punk, folk, rock and roll, jazz, blues as a singer/songwriter musician and performer for many years. Her dynamic concerts, full of passion and creativity, make Carolyn a regular on the festival circuit. She brings her charismatic performance to clubs and art galleries all over the Midwest and Canada, also touring in the UK, Italy, and Japan. Her high-energy shows often include Striho playing keyboard with the heel of her boot or her forehead; she deftly switches between guitar and keys while belting out vibrant vocals. It’s not merely about the music, it is a full on presentation of her art.

Carolyn has received 11 Detroit Music Awards, a Billboard Music Award and was on the Grammy Awards 2018 Ballot for Best Rock Album for her latest full-length CD Afterthought.

Carolyn has performed/recorded with Patti Smith, Don Was, Yoko Ono, Iggy Pop, Steve Earle, Tori Amos, Sinead O’Connor, The Ramones, Dave McMurray, Thornetta Davis, Grace Jones, Sponge and others and has performed in London, Rome, Japan, Toronto, Chicago, Lollapalooza, Detroit Jazz Festival, Arts Beats & Eats and more.

She has been nominated for over sixty Detroit Music Awards since their inception in 1988, winning back to back wins for Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter in 2016 and 2015, Outstanding Acoustic/Americana Album in 2014, Outstanding Rock/Pop Album in 2010 and more.

Carolyn first made a name for herself when she and her first husband, Freddie Brooks, formed Rough Cut and then the well-known Detroit Energy Asylum band with most of the alumnus from Was (Not Was). Carolyn also with Patti Smith on Patti’s comeback tour in Michigan and Toronto, Canada. Carolyn also played overseas with Patti Smith for several nights in London, U.K. and with Steve Earle. But her early days as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and chief songwriter for The Cubes while working as a DJ at NPR/WDET-FM Radio, provided a springboard. Striho went on to perform with The Ramones, The New York Dolls, Was (Not Was), Iggy Pop, Steve Earle, and Tori Amos, and played the Detroit International Jazz Festival as well as Lollapallooza while she and Brooks put out many well-received albums.

Carolyn performs in Detroit, northern Michigan, Italy and in the U.K with her guitarist/husband Scott Dailey, and her band, and her shows are passionate and always a treat. Carolyn continues to share her brilliance, effortlessly moving from bluesy and jazzy to belted-out rock n’ roll.

Her latest release, Afterthought, showcases all of these styles, along with a few more that might surprise people. The musical poetry is undeniably Carolyn Striho and she manages to pull everything together with the ease of a seasoned pro and the flair of a master illusionist. She makes her own creative path and people love to follow where she leads.

Update: Carolyn just performed for a 3rd time with Don Was and Don’s All Star Revue at Detroit’s Concert of Colors, has a new book coming out in Fall 2019 with lyrics and poetry, and will be releasing an EP in 2020. She and her band will also be back on tour in the U.K. in 2020. Salute!

“Afterthought” moves through a host of musical moods, from the moodier, darker vibe of the opening title track to the exotic gypsy-rock feel of “Russian Inn” to the lively, driving sound of “Love Won’t Stay Close.”

Brian McCollum

Detroit Free Press

Awards & Highlights

Nominations are too numerous to list, but here are a few highlights:

Grammy Awards 2018

  • NOMINATION: First Ballot for Best Rock Album -  “Afterthought”

Detroit Music Awards 2018

  • Nomination  -  Outstanding Rock Vocalist of the Year

Detroit Music Awards 2017

  • Nomination  -  “Afterthought”

Detroit Music Awards - 2016

  • WINNER: Outstanding Rock Songwriter - Carolyn Striho

Detroit Music Awards - 2015

  • WINNER: Outstanding Rock Songwriter - Carolyn Striho

Detroit Music Awards 2014

  • WINNER: Outstanding Acoustic/Folk/Americana Recording - "Word Attack" - Carolyn Striho
  • WINNER: Outstanding Classical Composer - Carolyn Striho
  • WINNER: Outstanding Classical Recording - Carolyn Striho "Minuet"

Detroit Music Awards - 2012

  • WINNER: Outstanding National Indie Label Rock Artist/Group - Carolyn Striho

Detroit Music Awards - 2011

  • WINNER: Outstanding Folk Artist/Group (now Americana) - piano, guitar - Carolyn Striho

Detroit Music Awards - 2010

  • WINNER: Outstanding Rock/Pop Recording - Carolyn Striho "Honesty"
  • WINNER: Outstanding Acoustic/Folk (now Americana) Instrumentalist - Carolyn Striho
  • WINNER: Outstanding Electronic/Dance Recording - Carolyn Striho "Promised Land" - Techno

Billboard Magazine Music Awards - 2009

  • Song of the Year Honoree - "Enchante" by Carolyn Striho

Metro Times Music Awards - 1992 (merged with Detroit Music Awards)

  • Outstanding Miscellaneous Instrumentalist - Carolyn Striho