|The lovely, lilting voice of Boston-based singer/songwriter Carrie Cheron is an art-form all to itself. With a sound that is as warm and rich as velvet, this gifted songwriter and master song interpreter is absolutely mesmerizing. |
Though she was raised in New York on a solid diet of Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles, James Taylor and Suzanne Vega, Carrie found her niche in the classical piano and classical vocal repertoire. While earning a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance at Indiana University, she rediscovered her folk and blues roots in the music of her youth. Trusting that her blood was infused with much more than Bach and Brahms, she bought her best friend's guitar for $75 and tried her hand at songwriting, only to find she was a natural.
After graduation, Carrie spent a year in New York honing her crafts, both classical and non, and relocated to Boston in order to explore the folk community while working toward a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music.
|The process of creation was mysterious and exciting to the young songwriter. Having spent much of her life as a private poet and a voracious reader, Carrie immediately felt at home with the lyrical sharing of words. Then and now, she receives inspiration from poetry and literature, though her main sources of inspiration lie in what she sees around her and her own personal experience. The task of telling a story with more than just words — with the color of her voice, the intimacy and subtlety of her unique sound, the curve of a melody — has always appealed to Carrie, and she continues to explore the life of the musical storyteller with every new song she writes.|
Carrie's classical lyricism and strength is combined with instinct, uncharacteristic wisdom, and grace. She displays the confidence of someone who is very aware of her instrument and is not afraid to use it. Her classical training is the backbone to every word and phrase that passes through her, and her experience has helped her become a stronger, more captivating musician and a valuable member of the Boston community.
|Ms. Cheron is creating a solid ground on which to stand in Boston's folk music scene — her song "Indiana" was featured on Bay State Sound's Best of Boston Songwriters, Showcase CD, Volume V, and her song "How I Loved" received an Honorable Mention from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She was invited to perform in the 2006 NEMO Music Makers Competition, the Midwest Music Summit, and was a semi-finalist in the 2006 Great Waters Folk Festival songwriting contest. Carrie was also selected to perform as the Sonicbids artist at both the 2007 Great Waters Folk Festival and First Night Boston 2008 and 2009. She received an Honorable Mention from both the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contests.|
Carrie has shared the stage with and opened for such artists as Sweet Honey In The Rock, Edie Carey, Liz Longley, The Barra MacNeils, Northern Lights, Anais Mitchell, and David Jacobs-Strain. She has performed in some of the Boston area’s most popular venues, including Club Passim, Sanders Theatre, and New England Conservatory’s famed Jordan Hall. She has performed at Club Passim’s Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival, the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival, the Great Waters Folk Festival, and was asked to return to First Night Boston after a full house appearance.
Her CD, One More Autumn, was produced by Gar Ragland and features several of the folk community's most beloved and respected artists: Eric Platz (Adrienne Young & Little Sadie), percussion; Jake Armerding, fiddle and mandolin; Rushad Eggleston (Crooked Still), cello; Edie Carey, background vocals. One More Autumn is available on her website, www.carriecheron.com.
Carrie is on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston.