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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 –

“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