About Carolyn Striho. . .
Nominated for nearly 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 big award wins include Outstanding Americana Album of the Year 2014 for Word Attack and Outstanding Rock/Pop Album of the Year 2010 for Honesty. Besides her infamously charismatic live shows at many festivals, clubs, and art galleries in the Midwest and Canada, she has five tours of Europe under her belt, as well as a two-month stretch in Japan, opened for Steve Earle in England, and has performed in Detroit, Toronto and London with Patti Smith. Carolyn is best known for her new music and catchy, magically intense live shows and songwriting. Her live performances with her latest band, her legendary shows and writing fronting the well-known Detroit Energy Asylum band, with Patti Smith, and her punk/art rock years with Rough Cut and the Cubes, as well as performing with Don Was and the Was Not Was Band, Iggy Pop, the Ramones and the Slits, Carolyn’s latest projects include a brand new album to be released in 2016, negotiating a new national publishing deal, and working on a poetry book and memoir.
“Afterthought” moves through a host of musical moods, from the moodier, darker vibe of the opening title track to exotic gypsy-rock feel of “Russian Inn” to the lively, driving sound of “Love Won’t Stay Close,” which you can hear exclusively for now in this Freep First Spin debut…” Brian McCollum – Detroit Free Press
Carolyn Striho has been defying musical genres and creating music in punk, folk, rock and roll, jazz, blues as a singer/songwriter musician and performer for many years. The one constant is that Carolyn pushes the boundaries – of society and herself – to make the music that she wants to.
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; and 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.
“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, Detroit/Los Angeles Northstar Media – Northstar Media
Backing up her songwriting with amazing performances for years has earned Carolyn the respect of her peers. Carolyn’s newest album, “Afterthought,” is on the Grammy Awards’ 2018 First Round Ballot for Best Rock Album this year. She is well-known in Detroit and has been nominated for sixty Detroit Music Awards since their inception in 1988, winning back to back wins for Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter in 2015 & 2016, Outstanding Acoustic/Americana Album in 2014, Outstanding Rock/Pop Album in 2010, and more.
Carolyn first made a name for herself fronting the Detroit Energy Asylum with Was (Not Was), and with Patti Smith, 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 several times as well as Lollapallooza. Striho has also worked with Patti Smith numerous times – both on stage, two tours in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and in the studio.
“The punk rocker turned eclectic stylist has enough Detroit Music Awards [nominations] to build a house!”” Concert of Colors publicity – www.concertofcolors.com
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.
“Striho writes gorgeous psychedelic pop songs that come from the silver edge of midnight. Check her poetic “Necklace” where keyboards and guitars twine the lyric and its impressionist portrait that is as drenched in musical metaphor as it is lyrical. Her track “Breathing Space” is an aching anthem of poetry and longing…” Thom Jurek – All Music Guide
Photos 1 and 2 above by Lynn Maslowski, photo 3 by Jaclyn Schanes.
Awards & Highlights
Grammy Awards 2018
- NOMINATION: First Ballot for Best Rock Album - “Afterthought”
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"
- 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