New York’s own emerging country artist Carolyn Miller has been performing professionally since the age of eight. A graduate of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, Miller is a veteran member of SAG/AFTRA/AEA and has celebrated an impressive career over the years in not only film and TV, but also on stage and through voice-overs and commercials. Influenced by country artists like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, along with pop icons Kelly Clarkson and Adele, Miller has taken her big, powerful voice to create her own style that captures the true essence of country-pop. She released her debut EP ‘Unbreakable’ last summer independently, which peaked during pre-order at #7 on iTunes Country charts and received radio play on major FM/AM radio stations around the Northeast. Since then, Carolyn has shared the stage with artists such as Chase Rice, Ashley McBryde, Walker Hayes, Adam Doleac, and SmithField to name a few. Her new single “What You Can’t Have” was released to critical acclaim earlier this year with features on Hollywood Life, Celebuzz, Whiskey Riff and was named one of the Top 15 Songs at CMA Fest 2019. This “NY Entertainer of the Week” (UpFront NY) and “Artist to Watch” (NashVegas) is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on new music, selling out shows around her home state, and opening for major label artists nationwide. We sat down to catch up with Carolyn Miller in a Rapid Fire Round before she premieres a brand new video with us next month! Check out her answers below.
What is your post-show drink of choice?
First, a nice cold bottle of water! Taking a second to breathe, cool down, and hydrate post show is important….and then a celebratory vodka soda or beer depending on what I’m feeling that night 🙂
What is your favorite television show/movie?
A Walk To Remember – I was OBSESSED with that movie and soundtrack all throughout middle school and high school. That CD was on repeat all the time! So many great memories associated with my childhood friends and that movie… love me a good love story!
When was the first time you felt like you made it in the industry?
April 25th when I opened for Chase Rice! I played to over 2000+ people and then spent the hour after my set signing autographs, taking pictures, meeting so many country music fans…that was an incredible feeling!
Favorite venue to play? If no favorite, what is your dream venue to play?
I honestly love all venues…the big, the small, the in-between…they’re all special in their own way, have their own history, and each brings a different energy and character that makes the night memorable. On the bucket list, Madison Square Garden in NYC and the Nikon Jones Beach Theatre on Long Island. Those are the two venues that I grew up going to concerts at and to play them would be the ultimate dream come true.
What’s your most or least favorite thing about being on the road?
Most favorite – visiting places I might not otherwise get to visit; and of course, making/meeting new fans! Least favorite – not all green rooms are created equal. Some are awesome, some are tiny with dim lighting and no mirrors…as a female, that makes getting ready pretty challenging!
Which of your songs gets the best crowd response?
A lot of people come up to me after a show and talk about how they connect with a song I wrote called “Strangers In This Bar” – I love hearing those stories! As for covers, people go nuts over “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette. It’s one of my favs to play live.
If you had to choose a different stage name, what would it be?
Probably a different spelling of my name. There are a lot of Carolyn Miller’s out there in the world and in the beginning as an independent artist, it’s easy to get your music confused with someone else’s! Maybe something funky like Karalynn Miller. Or “Carolyn Jean” which is my middle name. CJ Miller…I don’t know! I contemplated changing it for a while when I first started out, but ultimately I stayed true to myself and just used my authentic, real name 🙂
What is your biggest irrational fear?
Flying. I get really nervous on airplanes!
If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?
A veterinarian. I love animals SO much and would do anything for an animal in need…I’d have 100 dogs if I could!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I danced a lot as a kid and into my early 20s. I’m actually an award-winning choreographer and have had my pieces compete all over the country! I have always been an active member of the performing arts community in one way or another.