Carey Germana

Carey Germana

 Greenwood, Indiana, USA
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Carey Germana is a singer/songwriter who performs local gigs with her blend of jazz, blues and funk. She creates a throwback sound and her band brings a lot of energy to a captivated crowd. In between the funky rhythms, Carey plays piano ballads that touch the hearts of many with a positive message.

Biography

Carey Germana's music is described as "getting beneath the skin and into the blood," by Sam McClain, professional blues recording artist (music appeared on an episode of Ally McBeal.)

Singer/Songwriter: Carey Germana is a modern musician with classic sounds. She blends jazz and blues to create her fresh, original songs! One of the highlights of Carey's music is that none of her songs sound the same.

Carey's dad was a concert musician with the United State Air Force Band in the early 60's and her mother was an artist with a passion for oil painting. Growing up in a military family, Carey learned the importance of diversity and was exposed to the musical styles of Big Band, Blues, Broadway, Classical, Contemporary Christian, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, Latin and R&B.

"My family moved to the Washington DC area in my senior year of high school. My dad loved to tinker around with the keyboard that sat in our living room for many years. I never took piano lessons but learned to play by ear and started writing music. Eventually, I added lyrics to my music and progressed into singing publicly at my church, on street corners and wherever groups gathered.

In my early 20's, I was married to another aspiring musician and gave birth to 2 beautiful children. After my divorce, I was a single mom forced to live in low-income housing and went back to college to become a career-minded Graphic Designer. I also became more focused on singing/songwriting and did a few gigs on the East Coast and locally in the Indianapolis area. I was married in 2002 to Marc Sherman.

Marc had an accident in 1996 and broke his neck. He is paralyzed from the shoulders down and enjoys giving public speeches to share his life story. He is inspirational to many and works professionally as a Social Worker in Indianapolis.
Together, Marc and I enjoy visiting churches, college campuses, group settings and coffee houses to share a message of Faith and Hope through our stories and music.

In the mid 2000's, I joined a group of songwriter's with the Central Indiana Christian Songwriter's Association (CICSA) and gigged monthly in the local "Songwriter's in the Round" series. I was working on my first demo when I found out my mother was diagnosed with terminal Stage IV Bone Cancer. My mother passed away in June 2010.

I've used the events in my life to express myself through lyrics and music. I've had a lot of heartache and understand a little about having the blues. When I perform, people tend to lean a little closer and find areas where they can relate to what I am saying. I believe music visits the places where conversations are not welcome.

My son Lincoln is about to graduate high school and excels as a trumpet player. He has a passion for jazz music and loves improvisation. I met my drummer Bill through another songwriting friend. In 2010, Bill married my sister and joined my family. I've recently started working with a wonderful saxophone player, Karen Purnell, and she brings a lot of soul to our mix. From time to time, we have another budding artist, talented rapper Joe Nieder, working with us to add some flavor to our funky tunes. We keep the rap clean and the crowds love the eclectic blends of music.

Lately, I've been tinkering with home recordings. Though the vocal quality can't be compared to studio work, I hope you enjoy the samples I've posted online and invite me and my fantastic band to play at your next event!" -Carey g.

Discography

Carey's song "Breathe" was the title song for a compilation CD released in 2007. She performed the song at Conseco Fieldhouse and at the Circle in downtown Indianapolis for the Songwriter's Invitational put together by a local organization in conjunction with a local recording studio and songwriter's association.

Streaming Tracks online are as follows:
Breathe
Big Black Bible
Larry Go
Whispers in the Dark (Feat. JoJo on Rap)
All the People
And So We Go
Forward Thinking
Rent the Veil
Crazy Busy MixedUp
Cynthia

Set List

All the People
In This Life
Breakfast Epiphany
Sneaking Around
The Greatest Story
Cup of Coffee
Whispers in the Dark
Forward Thinking
Larry Go
Big Black Bible
Vacant Hotel
Breathe
When I Make it to Glory
Rent the Veil
Cold, Cold Water
Missing Memphis
I'd Wait a Lifetime