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Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Detroit artist Carolyn Striho first made her name fronting the dynamic Detroit Energy Asylum and her work with punk priestess Patti Smith. Carolyn has a strong reputation for charismatic high-energy performances, deeply-felt lyrics and evocative style. Wildly original, fearless yet charming, Striho’s music has been described as being written “from the silver edge of midnight.” Carolyn has recently won been on the Grammy Awards First Ballot for Best Rock Album “Afterthought” in 2018, and has won two Outstanding Rock Songwriter of the Year Awards 2015 and 2016 – and won two recent Outstanding CDs of the Year in the Detroit Music Awards. Carolyn has also won an Honorable Mention for Billboard Magazine’s Song of the Yearf or “Enchante.”  Carolyn’s toured Italy, England, Japan, played many major festivals, fantastic clubs and galleries, and creates with soulful pop, jazz, punk, cabaret, rock and classical influences. Carolyn’s currently concocting new songs and a new recording, as well as working on a book with a magnetic, romantic Detroit music life of raw power as well as a new publishing deal with Assemble Sound Detroit, and a return to the U.K. in her 7th tour overseas.

MojoFreePressConcertofColors“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

“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

“The punk rocker turned eclectic stylist has enough Detroit Music Awards [nominations] to build a house!”” Concert of Colors publicity – www.concertofcolors.com

“Carolyn has collaborated with a slew of amazing musicians, including punk legend Patti Smith, but she’s an amazing songwriter/singer/performer in her own right. Nothing exemplifies this more than her new video, “Sing it to Me,” a sultry, Spanish-sounding single with a film noir vibe that is slightly reminiscent of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video (the best effin’ video of any local artist I’ve ever seen).” — Stacy Lukasavitz, music blogger, Michigan USA

“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

“Love the colour of your heartfelt voice, lovely intro on ‘Cornered Room’ great song. ‘Let It Go’ another favourite of mine, nice rapping, and love the gypsy feel on ‘Russian Inn’ beautiful violinist. Stunning album, love it!” Wouter Kellerman, Grammy Awards Musician and Composer, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Africa

““The eclectic, alternative sound contains elements of Carolyn’s long history in the Detroit Punk, Alternative, Folk and Avant Garde scene. Carolyn, a multiple Detroit Music Award recipient (among other notable awards) has toured with Patti Smith and performed with many great acts like Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Was (Not Was) and has performed at many famous venues worldwide. Carolyn’s performance seduces the audience and engages them with her genuine emotion bringing all of us along for a wild ride.”Gary McFarland – National Rock Review – National Rock Review

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“Warm and intoxicating,here’s a singer who means it! Carolyn needn’t have bothered naming her new album Honesty. should be apparent to anyone who listens to the lovingly constructed record there’s barely a note played or sung that Striho doesn’t mean! The best is “Sing It to Me” poetic & ambient.  Brett Callwood, Metro Times (Jan 13, 2010)

“The triumph of Carolyn Striho’s CD “Honesty” as outstanding rock/pop recording at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards a couple months back highlights the city’s current bumper crop of gifted female singer-songwriters. It is fitting that the award — one of three she won that night –went to Striho, whose roots in Motor City music run deep. Ben Edmonds, Detroit Free Press/MOJO Magazine U.K. (Jun 17, 2010

““The eclectic, alternative sound contains elements of Carolyn’s long history in the Detroit Punk, Alternative, Folk and Avant Garde scene. Carolyn, a multiple Detroit Music Award recipient (among other notable awards) has toured with Patti Smith and performed with many great acts like Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Was not Was and has performed at many famous venues worldwide. Carolyn’s performance seduces the audience and engages them with her genuine emotion bringing all of us along for a wild ride.” Gary McFarland – National Rock Review, National Rock Review (Aug 06, 2014)

“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 “Downtown” that would have made Petula Clark feel like a tourist, she’s worth tracking down! – Neal Rubin, The Detroit News (Jan 08, 2013)

“Word Attack is a true-to-form seven-track mini–album from Detroit’s rocker-turned-chanteuse. The title track has some driving guitar and sugary-pissed vocals, while “Always in my Heart” is an acoustic gem typical of contemporary Striho. Plus, “Enchante,” a staple of the live show for some time, is excellent.” Brett Callwood, Metro Times (Nov 12, 2013) and LA Times, Los Angeles, California

““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 (Kid Rock). She’s a truly exciting artista!” Go Girls Music 2014”  Madalyn Sklar, Go Girls Music (Oct 30, 2013)

““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 (Dec 08, 2010)

“Carolyn is the epitome of a Detroit centric artist. Her work is flavored with both the hope and grit that makes up a Detroiter. She also has an interesting story to tell and her music is part of the soundtrack that gives the quality of both beautiful and haunting in its melody, much like her hometown. Mary Sommers, Chicago, Tough Luck – Stories of Detroit – New Film (February 2017)

“Winning Detroit Music Awards sends a clear message to Carolyn Striho that the music industry recognizes her creative genius & abilities..it was not the first time that she has been in the spotlight. She caught the ears of music fans in a big way fronting her band Detroit Energy Asylum & most of those musicians eventually became the core of the band Was Not Was, led by Don Was. We are that much richer for having a truly creative inspiration like Carolyn Striho. The recipient of several Detroit Music Awards including her 2010 win for Best Rock Album of the Year acknowledging her musical excellence for the album Honesty, the title song provides an accurate snapshot of Striho’s eclectic career with a languid slide guitar, turns very Punk like and at a couple of junctures slows down to a pretty Pop vocal. “Sing It To Me,” has Latin overtones and features beautiful guitar playing by Scott Dailey, while Rayse Biggs blows a good trumpet and percussionist Ron Wolf is solid!  Joe Montague, Riveting Riffs, Toronto, Canada (Feb 03, 2013)

“ “The punk rocker turned eclectic stylist has enough Detroit Music Awards [nominations] to build a house!”” Concert of Colors publicity, www.concertofcolors.com (Jul 08, 2011)

Carolyn made her name playing w/ bands Detroit Energy Asylum, Cubes & poet Patti Smith-but it’s as a solo performer that she has really found her niche. Within this city’s music community, Striho is regarded as one of our best songwriters & her new album “Honesty” showcases that fact.Honest” Free Press, MetroMix – Detroit Free Press (Jan 14, 2010)

“Carolyn has collaborated with a slew of amazing musicians in the past, including punk legend Patti Smith, but she’s an amazing songwriter/singer/performer in her own right. Nothing exemplifies this more than her new video, “Sing it to Me,” a sultry, Spanish-sounding single with a film noir vibe that is slightly reminiscent of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video (minus the controversy). It was directed by Mark Kinnunen of Tears of Nimbus Films, and I’ve gotta say — it’s the best effin’ video of any local artist I’ve ever seen, no matter the scale of the artist’s fame.” Stacy Lukasavitz, That damned redhead Michigan USA (Jul 19, 2010)

“Pair Stewart Francke and Carolyn Striho on the same bill, and you have two of the hardest-working singer-songwriters in Detroit — and they’re playing at the Magic Bag on Friday. Striho was in countless rock ’n’ roll bands, an unstoppable blonde music machine, before taking the solo route and never looking back. Meanwhile, Francke has a new album out, Love Implied, which sees the former MT writer at his most introspective. Jeff Scott completes a bill that sees three of the city’s finest songwriters coming together.  Brett Callwood, Metro Times (Jan 23, 2013)

The Carolyn Striho Group Members: Carolyn Striho (vocals), Scott Dailey (guitar), Ron Wolf (percussion), Kurt Zimmermann (violin) A singer-songwriter who can sing beautifully and write a hell of a good song. Striho, a known musical commodity for years in these parts, is capable of hypnotizing her listeners as if she’s some kinda siren raised on bars and factories and busted hearts. She’ll likely have Royal Oak eating out of the palm of her hand by the middle of her set. —BC” Detroit Metro Times (Sep 01, 2010)

“translated from the Italian – “An energetic singer with a strong and free spirit, with a natural energy and interest in experimentation and improvisation, Carolyn was born in Detroit. and composes on piano and guitar, mixing jazz, soul and avant -garde compositions in her great writing”” Italian Rome Newspaper, La Luna in la Minore from Donne In Musica, Roma Press:

Donne in jazz, apre Carolyn Striho Fino al 18/12 la rassegna alle Scuderie Aldobrandini di Frascati (ANSA) – ROMA, 4 NOV – Sara’ il trio di Carolyn Striho ad aprire, domenica 6 novembre alle Scuderie Aldobrandini di Frascati, l’11/a edizione di ‘Donne in Jazz’, rassegna musicale al femminile promossa dalla Fondazione Adkins Chiti. La rassegna prevede una serie di concerti settimanali con prestigiosi nomi, dalla jazzwoman turca Selen Gulun, alla vocalist Antonella Vitale, a Cinzia Gizzi e Silvia Bolognese e al quintetto di Carmen Falato. ” Spettacolo, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.it (Nov 04, 2011)

Carolyn explodes as a front woman,recorded w/Eminem’s Steve King/Luis Resto, onstage w/Patti Smith, Tori Amos, in Europe..Striho plays keyboards w/fingers & her black boots..She’s authentic,that’s for sure, flings her leg up on the keyboard,a blend of Iggy Pop/Judy Garland–quite a ride”  Liz Hill, Writer of Detroit Blog and Strut Magazine Detroit

Striho has been an irrepressible attraction on Detroit’s musical landscape, noted for her impassioned live sets. After years of experimenting, and eclectic shows in Detroit, Toronto and many shows in Osaka, Japan, Carolyn Striho has got it! her songs reveal the awareness of personal evolution.” Jim McFarlin, Metro Times

Poetic and ambient, here’s an artist who means it without trying!. Brett Callwood, Metro Times (Jan 13, 2010)

The triumph of Carolyn Striho’s CD “Honesty” as outstanding rock/pop recording at the 2010 Detroit Music Awards a couple months back highlights the city’s current bumper crop of gifted female singer-songwriters. It is fitting that the award — one of three she won that night –went to Striho, whose roots in Motor City music run deep.” Ben Edmonds, Detroit Free Press/MOJO Magazine U.K. (Jun 17, 2010)

Once upon a time in a distant memory of Detroit in the glam-punk-rawkin’days, Carolynn Striho fronted a group called the Cubes, one of the best bands of its day. She’s been doing it like an eternal teenage dream ever since, heading up the equally punchy Detroit Energy Asylum, and collaborating with Patti Smith (yes, that Patti Smith) and Vinne Dombrowski of Sponge. This Thursday, Aug. 5, Striho welcomes the multi-talented Troy Gregory (the Witches, the Stepsisters, Dirtbombs, Nathaniel Mayer) to a swingin’ garden and patio party at the Whitney. The jams will be kicking out! The Whitney is at 4421 Woodward Avenue, in Midtown Detroit.” Troy Gregory will be here to perform some great jams, too! Bud Liebler, The Whitney Detroit (Aug 03, 2010)

“Is This Me?” is exceptionally good! The internationally renowned artist’s voice is warm, rich, idiosyncratic & eccentric “Tiara” opens on violin, mournful, melodically beautiful “Ocean” is cool trippiness/chanting- Enchante” w/gypsies, tramps & thieves. Want more from the Motor City maven” Bill Holdship, Metro Times (Mar 02, 2008)

Carolyn tuning Patti’s guitar…at Borders Ann Arbor for the “Just Kids” Reading! (slideshow)” Will Stewart, Ann Arbor Live (Feb 19, 2010)

Ralph Valdez, WDET-FM Detroit: “The music that she’s been doing has always had a great Detroit feel to it. Now something more is happening, there’s more hooks, a blend of hard Detroit sounds with more pop elements…””

 

Press Clips

In 100 words:

Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Carolyn Striho first made her name fronting the dynamic Detroit Energy Asylum and her work with punk priestess Patti Smith. Carolyn has a strong reputation for charismatic high-energy performances, deeply-felt lyrics and evocative style. Wildly original, fearless yet charming, Striho’s music has been described as being written “from the silver edge of midnight.” Carolyn has recently won two Outstanding Rock Songwriter of the Year & two recent Outstanding CDs of the Year in the Detroit Music Awards and an Honorable Mention for Billboard Magazine’s Song of the Year. Carolyn’s toured Italy, England, Japan, played many major festivals, fantastic clubs and galleries, and creates with soulful pop, jazz, punk, cabaret, rock and classical influences. Carolyn’s currently concocting and remixing a magnetic, romantic raw power recording to be released in 2017 as well as a new publishing deal.

MojoFreePressConcertofColors“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

“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

“The punk rocker turned eclectic stylist has enough Detroit Music Awards [nominations] to build a house!”” Concert of Colors publicity – www.concertofcolors.com

“Carolyn has collaborated with a slew of amazing musicians, including punk legend Patti Smith, but she’s an amazing songwriter/singer/performer in her own right. Nothing exemplifies this more than her new video, “Sing it to Me,” a sultry, Spanish-sounding single with a film noir vibe that is slightly reminiscent of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video (the best effin’ video of any local artist I’ve ever seen).” — Stacy Lukasavitz, music blogger, Michigan USA

“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

“Love the colour of your heartfelt voice, lovely intro on ‘Cornered Room’ great song. ‘Let It Go’ another favourite of mine, nice rapping, and love the gypsy feel on ‘Russian Inn’ beautiful violinist. Stunning album, love it!” Wouter Kellerman, Grammy Awards Musician and Composer, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Africa

““The eclectic, alternative sound contains elements of Carolyn’s long history in the Detroit Punk, Alternative, Folk and Avant Garde scene. Carolyn, a multiple Detroit Music Award recipient (among other notable awards) has toured with Patti Smith and performed with many great acts like Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Was (Not Was) and has performed at many famous venues worldwide. Carolyn’s performance seduces the audience and engages them with her genuine emotion bringing all of us along for a wild ride.”Gary McFarland – National Rock Review – National Rock Review

 

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”

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

Press Clips

In 100 words:

Regarded as one of the city’s best singer/songwriters, Carolyn Striho first made her name fronting the dynamic Detroit Energy Asylum and her work with punk priestess Patti Smith. Carolyn has a strong reputation for charismatic high-energy performances, deeply-felt lyrics and evocative style. Wildly original, fearless yet charming, Striho’s music has been described as being written “from the silver edge of midnight.” Carolyn has recently won two Outstanding Rock Songwriter of the Year & two recent Outstanding CDs of the Year in the Detroit Music Awards and an Honorable Mention for Billboard Magazine’s Song of the Year. Carolyn’s toured Italy, England, Japan, played many major festivals, fantastic clubs and galleries, and creates with soulful pop, jazz, punk, cabaret, rock and classical influences. Carolyn’s currently concocting and remixing a magnetic, romantic raw power recording to be released in 2017 as well as a new publishing deal.

MojoFreePressConcertofColors“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

“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

“The punk rocker turned eclectic stylist has enough Detroit Music Awards [nominations] to build a house!”” Concert of Colors publicity – www.concertofcolors.com

“Carolyn has collaborated with a slew of amazing musicians, including punk legend Patti Smith, but she’s an amazing songwriter/singer/performer in her own right. Nothing exemplifies this more than her new video, “Sing it to Me,” a sultry, Spanish-sounding single with a film noir vibe that is slightly reminiscent of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” video (the best effin’ video of any local artist I’ve ever seen).” — Stacy Lukasavitz, music blogger, Michigan USA

“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

“Love the colour of your heartfelt voice, lovely intro on ‘Cornered Room’ great song. ‘Let It Go’ another favourite of mine, nice rapping, and love the gypsy feel on ‘Russian Inn’ beautiful violinist. Stunning album, love it!” Wouter Kellerman, Grammy Awards Musician and Composer, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Africa

““The eclectic, alternative sound contains elements of Carolyn’s long history in the Detroit Punk, Alternative, Folk and Avant Garde scene. Carolyn, a multiple Detroit Music Award recipient (among other notable awards) has toured with Patti Smith and performed with many great acts like Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Was (Not Was) and has performed at many famous venues worldwide. Carolyn’s performance seduces the audience and engages them with her genuine emotion bringing all of us along for a wild ride.”Gary McFarland – National Rock Review – National Rock Review

 

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”

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