Carmen Calhoun

Carmen Calhoun

 Washington, Washington, D.C., USA
SoloChristianSinger/Songwriter

Carmen Calhoun is an eclectic artist, unafraid to take risks and challenge herself musically. With a mixture of Pop, RB, Rock, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Gospel, Soft Rock, and Contemporary Christian sounds, Carmen creates her own style that cannot be defined, only experienced and cherished.

Biography

Songwriter, Author, and Inspirational Artist Carmen Calhoun is so much more than just a Christian Singer; she is a living testimony of the power of Gods grace, mercy, and anointing. Born in a Prince Frederick, MD, Carmen is the youngest out of 10 siblings. She grew up listening to music artists such as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, The Emotions, Jean Karn, and Mahilia Jackson, giving her an appreciation for diverse sounds. It was during this time that she began to recognize her love for music and her gift of song. Since then she has developed her passion for music into a budding career. To date, she has received honors including winning 1st place in the 2004 ISC Songwriters Competition, 2005 Unisong Songwriters Competition, the 2006 John Lennon Songwriters Competition, and the 2007 Songwriters Competition. She has also received honorable mention with Billboards songwriters Competition for You Take My Breath Away," "Broken and Blessed," and "I Am With Thee. Also, her song Broken and Blessed was a top 5 finalist for the VH1 song of the year songwriters competition.

Carmen enjoys traveling both nationally and internationally, spreading the undeniable power of Gods word through music. She has visited Africa, England, Mexico, and Peru, blessing people from various cultures with her amazing voice. Carmens lyrics are courageous; bringing personal struggles to light to promote healing and deliverance through submission and relationship with God or as Carmen calls Him, Daddy. Carmens music is versatile, breaking traditional barriers in Christian music. Her ministrys vision: To promote unity within the body of Christ, and become all things to all people to save one unto Christ. She currently has two studio albums, Life and Broken and Blessed, and i am. Carmen currently resides in Prince Frederick, MD.

Lyrics

Broken and Blessed

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Brad Baerwald and Chad Ballyntyne, Brad Baerwald and Chad Ballyntyne

Chorus I

When I am broken Jesus loves me
When I am broken Jesus keeps me
When I am broken Jesus heals me
Broken and Blessed
I am, I am, I am, I am, I am
Broken and Blessed

Chorus II

Jesus has blessed me with Mercy
He has blessed me with His Grace
He has blessed me with Salvation
Its More than words can say
I am, I am, I am, I am, I am
Broken and Blessed

Verse I

I was doing things my own way
My emotions pulling me up then down
Pretending on the outside,
while hurting deep within
Bringing me to my knees to pray
God help me!

Repeat Chorus I
Verse II

You exchanged my weakness
For Your strength, Your grace is enough for me
That is why for Christ sake, I count it all joy
For when I am weak than I am so strong

Vamp
I thank you for every test and trial
I thank you for every valley low
I thank you for Persecution

I am with Thee

Written By: Carmen Calhoun and Matt Williams

Verse I

Your absent from your family
And along ways from home
Know that God is with you
And has it all in His control
He’ll be a father to you and
You will be His child, just
Trust and believe Him and
Things will works out after while

Chorus

From the ends of the earth
To the heights of the heavens
If on the wings of the dawn
If on the far side of the sea
Don’t worry, God knows, God cares,
For I am with Thee
Declares the Lord

Verse II

If you draw near to the Savior
He’ll draw near to you and
Through the desert storm
He’ll keep you and in the Valley
Low He’s with you. He’ll give you
Joy unspeakable and grant you perfect peace
Just trust and believe Him and
Things will work out after while.

Repeat Chorus

Only You

Written By: Carmen Calhoun and Chad Ballyntyne

Verse I

Feeling kinda strange
An overwhelming emptiness
Lying in my bed, Wondering what’s happening
I look around my room
seems like I’ve got everything
So why do I feel like I’m missing something

Chorus

Only You, Can satisfy
Your love is better than life
My lips will glorify
Oh Lord what shall I do?

Verse II

I went to read the book
Looking for direction
I came across a verse and
It grabbed my attention
Oh God, You are my God
Earnestly I’ll seek Your face
My soul thirst for You
My body longs for Your embrace

Repeat Chorus
Only You, Can satisfy
Your love is better than life
My lips will glorify
Only You can satisfy

Bridge
Come fill this void cause friends won’t due
Come fill this void I need You to
Come fill this void cause sex won’t due
Only You, Only You, Can Satisfy

You Take My Breath Away

Written By: Carmen Calhoun & Brian Taylor

I stood in awe as the sunset lit fire to the clouds
The brilliant crimson splashed across the sky
Hints of purple, Shades of blue
What a beautiful view

You take my breath away
You captivate my heart, my mind
my soul, You are the Lord of all I am
You take my breath away.

You woo me with the colors of the autumn leaves
The sound of water falls the ocean midst on my face
The song of birds directed by your hand all in chorus for you.

You take my breath away
You captivate my heart, my mind
my soul, You are the Lord of all I am
You take my breath away.

Wait

Written By: Carmen Calhoun

Chorus:

They that wait upon the Lord
shall renew there strength they shall mount up on wings as eagles They shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint.

Verse:

Do you not know, have you not heard that the Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth, does not tire or grow weary and His understanding no one can fathom

Chorus

Verse:

You must have faith, trust in all His, be strong and of good courage, be not afraid, neither be dismayed for the Lord our God is with You.

Chorus

Vamp:

They that wait, Wait upon the Lord, Shall, shall renew their strength, mount up on wings as eagles

Dare 2 Be

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Brad & Leslie Baerwald, Brad & Leslie Baerwald

Verse I

When I'm walking down the street
people are looking at me
what they see is a masterpiece
created by the King

I am different by design
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
I may not look like you and you me
but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Chorus

Dare to be you
Dare to be me
Dare to be different and unique
I'm going to be the best me
I can be by letting His glory
shine through.

Verse II

I am beautiful, I am blessed,
but not just what you see in the flesh
I'm free from people , Free from myself
There's liberty in Christ

I am different by design
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
I may not look like you and you me
but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Flame Keeper

Written By: Carmen Calhoun

I want to be like a mirror
reflecting Gods Glory, its His desire and will that when you look at me what you see will be the Glory of the King in His Kingdom

The more Hollow the more fragile, the more transparent we become, you will see HIm, He will see Himself and it will be good again,

I'm a Flame Keeper, Flame Keeper
keeper of the flame
Shekinah Glory dwelling within in me (Repeat)

I'm gonna lift His name
Fan the Flames
I'm gonna lift His name
Fan the Flames

Fan the Flames - With our Worship
Fan the Flames - With our praise
Fan the Flames - With obedience
Bless His Holy Name
Fan the Flames - I encourage you
Fan the Flames - Lets pray Lets sing
Fan the Flames - do your thing
Bless His Holy Name
Fan the Flames

Awesome God

Written By: Carmen Calhoun

Verse I
I'm driving in my dump truck Rollin down the highway
Cruising and I'm thinking bout God
Looking at His people and all of His creation
What a mighty God we serve

Chorus
We serve an Awesome God
We serve an Awesome God
Creative and Majestic
He's Awesome and Powerful
What a mighty God we serve

Verse II
I'm a citizen of Heaven Passing through this earth
And I'm working for the Kingdom of God
I'm pressing toward the mark of the High
Calling of God, that I might get my prize

Repeat Chorus

Vamp
Behind the desk your typing
Collecting trash and dumping
Behind the pulpit preaching the word
At your camera filming
Or with your hammer building
Do it to the Glory of God
Repeat Chorus

Give Thanks

Written By: Carmen Calhoun & Brian Taylor

Although things are not perfect
because of trials and pain
Even when the times are hard
keep on thanking Him for all things
All things

Chorus
And I will give you thanks
You are my God
You are my God
And I will exalt you
This is the day, that You have mad
And I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Though the moutains be shaken
And the hills be removed
yet God's unfailing love
and covenant of peace
shall not fail you, fail you

Repeat Chorus

Vamp
Rejoice and be glad
this is the day that the
Lord has made,

Pink Hat Day

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Anthony Walker,Brad Baerwald,Beverly Sheasby & Andrea Wilson, Beverly Sheasby & Andrea Wilson

Pink Hat Day@2010
Carmen Calhoun, Anthony Walker & Andrea J Wilson

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It’s a pink hat day for me.

Verse

Frustrated by my situation
I had to change my mind
get myself out this funk yeah

The airlines see, they lost my clothes
and the weather outside is oh so cold
My hair’s a mess and I’m totally stressed
There's no paint for my face
I won’t mention my breath
Realize God is Good and He cares
There is hope, so don't despair

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It's a pink hat day for me.

Verse

Now that I’ve changed my attitude, see
The course of my day will be
the way that I choose yeah

Whatever is lovely, whatever is great
think on those things see the situation change
smell the flowers, hear the birds, feel the breeze,
So glad I decided to be Beautiful me.
Realize God is Good and He cares
There is hope, so don't despair

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It's a pink hat day for me.

Will ya just laugh
instead of crying
Dance
instead of sitting
Trust in God for your Pink Hat Day
Would you just smile
Instead of frowning
Love
Instead of hating
Take back your power you are a child of God you know! Speak to the mountain and tell it to move! Use the authority He gave to you, Take back your freedom and live your life, it's His gift to you! Repeat Chorus

We Are One

Written By: Carmen Calhoun & Amos Saint James

I dwell in the secret place of the most High God
And I am at rest in the shadow of the Almighty
This I declare He is my refuge, my fortress, my place of safety
He is my God and in Him Do I Trust

I’m in You, You're in me
We are one
I believe Christ in me
Jesus I'm in you, You're in me
We are one
I believe I receive
Your love for me
I believe I receive, Your love for me (2x)

as He is, so are we in this world (3x)

as He is, so am I in this world (Repeated Vamp & adlibs)

I’m in You, You're in me
We are one
I believe I receive

Jesus I'm in you, You're in me
We are one
I believe I receive
Your love for me

Pink Hat Day

Written By: Carmen Calhoun

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It’s a pink hat day for me.

Verse

Frustrated by my situation
I had to change my mind
get myself out this funk yeah

The airlines see, they lost my clothes
and the weather outside is oh so cold
My hair’s a mess and I’m totally stressed
There's no paint for my face
I won’t mention my breath
Realize God is Good and He cares
There is hope, so don't despair

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It's a pink hat day for me.

Verse

Now that I’ve changed my attitude, see
The course of my day will be
the way that I choose yeah

Whatever is lovely, whatever is great
think on those things see the situation change
smell the flowers, hear the birds, feel the breeze,
So glad I decided to be Beautiful me.
Realize God is Good and He cares
There is hope, so don't despair

Chorus

It’s gonna be a Pink Hat Day for me
I’m gonna just smile and spread my wings
Think myself happy and laugh
throwing my cares away
It's a pink hat day for me.

i am

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Jimmy Rollins & Chris Howden, Jimmy Rollins & Chris Howden

VERSE I

I used to think that
God was mad at me
but the truth is
He has set me free
He truly loves me
Just the way I am
I'm His He's Mine and I do
Walk in the Favor of God

Chorus

I am walking in the favor of God
I am walking in the favor of God
I am walking in the favor of God
Surely Goodness and Mercy
they follow me

VERSE II

It’s not about what I have
But whose I am
I am a child
Of the only true God
His presence is with me
Everywhere that I go
I’m His and He’s mine and I do
Walk in the Favor of God

Repeat Chorus
Bridge

God has the plans for my life
He gives me hope that I need
And my future declares
By His grace I succeed
Oh yeah it’s true I do
Walk in the favor of God

Vamp
Daddy I receive
Your abundance of Grace (yeah)
And Your gift of righteousness
And I will reign in life
Through Christ

He Loves

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Brad Baerwald & Leslie Baerwald, Brad Baerwald & Leslie Baerwald

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, He loves Us
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, He loves You
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, He loves Me

He Loves Us, He Loves Us So much, He loves Us He love us so much He loves Us

He Loves You, He Loves You So much, He loves You He love You so much He loves You

He Loves Me, He Loves Me So much, He loves Me He love me so much He loves me

Oh taste and see that the Lord is good
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him

Dare 2 Be

Written By: Carmen Calhoun,Brad & leslie Baerwald, Brad & leslie Baerwald

Verse I

When I'm walking down the street
people are looking at me
what they see is a masterpiece
created by the King

I am different by design
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
I may not look like you and you me
but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Chorus

Dare to be you
Dare to be me
Dare to be different and unique
I'm going to be the best me
I can be by letting His glory
shine through.

Verse II

I am beautiful, I am blessed,
but not just what you see in the flesh
I'm free from people , Free from myself
There's liberty in Christ

I am different by design
I am fearfully and wonderfully made
I may not look like you and you me
but that's the way it's supposed to be.

Discography

2012 - "i am" CD
2011 - "pink hat day" Single
2011 - "The Gift" Single
2007 - "Dare 2 Be" Single
2007 - "Life"
2005 - "When God Says Move" Single
2004 - "Broken & Blessed" Album

Set List

Typically sets are 45min to 1 hour of original music. Some Christian Contemporary covers may also be performed.