Carey Colvin

Carey Colvin

 
DuoRockSinger/Songwriter

An effervescent concoction of rock-edged folk/pop from award-winning musician Carey Colvin. Says David Crosby, "Definitely quit your day job!"

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Biography

When David Crosby (CSN&Y) first heard Wammie Award winner Carey Colvin, he said, "Definitely give up your day job!" With a strong passion for music, she has been described as a songwriter with an intelligent approach to her lyrics. Her debut CD was released in 2001 and won the Wammie Award for Debut Recording of the Year. Carey has been a featured performer on stages such as Writer's Night at The Bluebird Cafe, The Birchmere, the Cellar Door Stage opening for Styx and Pat Benatar at Nissan Pavilion, the Gibson Showroom at The Hit Factory (taped for Good Morning America), and The Kennedy Center. Shes been a Featured Artist on radio stations from DC to California to Arkansas to Belgium to Alaska to NPR's Car Talk.    

In 2003, Carey returned to the studio to begin recording her second CD, a collection of her own songs and songs by John Prine, Jennifer Stills, David Crosby & Jeff Pevar, and Roger Henderson. However, Carey had to step away from both the CD and her music that same year to tend to her family, only performing on a limited basis. In 2008, she began performing again and returned to the studio to finalize the CD. Unfortunately, Carey's father fell ill and she once again stepped away from music to care for her parents until their deaths in 2009 and 2011.

After her father's death, Careys will to write or to perform music simply vanished. It wasnt until 2010, when friend and musician Eric Lowen - himself struggling with ALS - encouraged her to play that she picked up her guitar again, but her will was still gone. Not long after her mother died in 2011, Careys former singing partner, Roger Henderson, also died. It was at his funeral that Carey sang again for the first time in almost two years. Her return to the stage came at a Tribute Concert to Henderson, two years to the day since she had last performed. In 2012, Carey began resuming live performances on a more regular basis.

In October 2012, Careys recording of Crosby and Pevars song, Little Blind Fish (featuring Pevar on guitars and mandolin), was included on a Special 5-Song Companion CD, available with the purchase of the Limited Edition release, Music Is Love - A Singer Songwriters Tribute to the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young from Italys Route 61 Music. The Tribute CD features such artists as Jennifer Stills, Judy Collins, Marcus Eaton, and Venice.

Carey, a lover of harmony, performs in a duo format with her husband and music partner Granger Helvey, a noted musician in his own right. She is also available in a solo or full band format.

Lyrics

Love Have Mercy

Written By: Carey Colvin & Granger Helvey

Hit another speed bump,
Thought things were going fine
‘Cause I’ve got your heart;
You’ve got mine
Baby, you’re the one I really trust,
You’d think love would have mercy on us

We’ve been trying hard to navigate
The ups and downs of love
Every now and then,
Things can be a little tough
There’s a hole in my pocket
And a world in flux
You’d think love would have mercy on us

You’d think love would have some mercy,
Give us both a chance
To hold on and let us do our dance
Love should pave the way
‘Stead of buckling up the road
I won’t go anywhere
Without your hand to hold

Yeah, we could hang it up,
And go our separate ways
But that would be too easy,
And I am here to stay
Honey, I won’t make a fuss
You’d think love would have mercy on us

I believe in love, I believe in you
If love will have some mercy,
Then we can make it through
‘Cause baby, we’ve been through enough
You'd think love would have mercy on us
Baby, you’re the one I trust
You'd think love would have mercy
Darlin’, we’ve been through enough,
You'd think love would have mercy on us

©2006 Carey Colvin & Granger Helvey
(p)Raspberry Sun Music® (BMI)

Recorded live on RadioLive
WUWF 88.1 FM, Pensacola FL
September 1, 2005

From the upcoming CD, Let It Flow

The Distance Wall

Written By: Carey Colvin & Granger Helvey

You and I, we have our reasons
For this distance wall
The footing still holds solid,
But there are ghosts inside these halls
I can feel the tension building,
But I can’t seem to break the ice
Something’s keeping me
From taking my own advice

Can I surrender my heart to you
Can we reach the other side of this attitude
Can we love like we used to do
Would you remember if I needed you

If I could find the answer,
I would know the truth
I chased it down so many roads
In my reckless youth
I don’t mean to shut you out,
You know I want to let you in
But time just makes it harder
And I can’t seem to begin

To surrender my heart to you
To reach the other side of this attitude
To love like we used to do
Would you remember if I needed you

The silence roars like thunder
And the road that was so smooth
Is filled with rocks and boulders
That trip my every move

And the echoes in the hallway
Make me scared to pass the door
All the boards are creaking
When I’m walking on this floor

Well, I used to be so brave,
I’d go charging right on in
Now I don’t know what to say
To let you come back in

So I keep walking down this hall,
Fighting all these ghosts
That keep trying to trip me up
When it’s you I love the most
Maybe just a little patience
Is the answer we both need
If I believe in you and if you believe in me

I would surrender my heart to you
We could reach the other side of this attitude
We could love like we used to do
You would remember if I needed you
Yeah, you would remember if I needed you

©1998 Carey Colvin & Granger Helvey
(P)Raspberry Sun Music® (BMI)

From the award-winning CD, The Distance Wall

Refugee

Written By: Carey Colvin

I am just a refugee, I have nothing left
I tried so hard to hold on to the heart I thought was best
Now we're running wild, and there's no one here to tame
The reckless souls that turned the other way

I am just a refugee, straggling down the road
Wondering at the circumstance that cut me off so cold
Standing at the crossroads, we went our different ways
You in desperation, and me, I cannot say

So I'm riding down the highway, I'm walking on the line
On the edge of inspiration, on the borderline

I know we're only human, but it cannot be excused
We put each other through such desperate abuse
We wrestled and we wrangled, we talked into the night
But no matter what we said, it still just wasn't right

I could've stayed in heaven, but to me it was a hell
And all the angels' wings, they didn't serve me well

So I'm riding down the highway, I'm walking on the line
On the edge of inspiration, on the borderline
Yes, I'm riding down the highway; I'm walking on the line
On the edge of inspiration, on the borderline
On the borderline

© 1997 Carey Colvin, (P)Raspberry Sun Music® (BMI)
From the award-winning CD, The Distance Wall

Gulf of Mexico

Written By: Carey Colvin

Back when I was just nineteen, and running with the flow
I had a little two-room house on the Gulf of Mexico
With beaches like white sugar right in my back yard
The moon played on the water while I played my guitar

My heart lives on the Gulf of Mexico
And I still have my old beat up blue jeans
Every now and then, my heart remembers when
And the Gulf of Mexico lives in my dreams

I played the local music scene, singing beach town songs
Dancing in the neon lights until the break of dawn
Now I sit in rush hour traffic just to work inside all day
I would have laughed at you back then
If you'd have said I'd live this way

My heart lives on the Gulf of Mexico
And I still have my old beat up blue jeans
Every now and then,
This old heart remembers when
And the Gulf of Mexico lives in my dreams
The Gulf of Mexico lives in my dreams
the Gulf of Mexico lives in my dreams

©1994 Carey Colvin, (p)Raspberry Sun Music® (BMI)

From the award-winning CD, The Distance Wall

Soft Side of Me

Written By: Carey Colvin

How can I turn to you, you're not the key
I'm lost in the throes of my uncertainty
You came to me, but I let you in
Should've turned you away, not let this begin
But I melt in your fire, it's the passion I need,
Oh, baby, you touch the soft side of me

Well, I feel a hunger in the depths of my soul
Think to myself, "don't lose your control"
Splintered and shattered, alone in the night
Oh, baby, can this be right?
Oh, baby, will you hold me tonight?

We're tangled in passion; I want you so bad
We wrestle our hearts over loves we have had
Don't let me love you; I'll never break free
Oh, baby, you touch the soft side of me
Oh, baby, you touch the soft side of me
You touch the, you touch the soft side of me

©1994 Carey Colvin
(P)Raspberry Sun Music® (BMI) All rights reserved

From the award-winning CD, The Distance Wall

Discography

Carey's Recordings:
- Trickle, sneak peek of Let It Flow
- The Distance Wall Debut CD
- CD Wannabe Three Song Demo (out of print)

Compilation/Tribute CDs:
- Music Is Love - A Singer Songwriters Tribute to the Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
- Indiegrrl Compilation CD
- Oasis Rock & Roots Volume VI #5
- Back Home
- We Are Each Other's Angels
- A Holiday Feast Creme de la Creme
- The Police Tribute CD
- Songs From Our Circle Too
- OasisAcoustic Volume 27
- A Holiday Feast, Vol. IV
- Woodystock 2002
- We Be Rollin'

Set List

Carey and Granger offer up a selection of tasty originals and both well-known and "deep cut" cover tunes by artists such as Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, The Doobie Brothers, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Sheryl Crow, and more.