Todd Carey Solo*

Todd Carey Solo*

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Todd Carey's radiant and raw energy is infectious. Wearing his heart on his sleeve (and often the floor), Todd's dynamic blend of singer-songwriter-roots-rock delivers with endless eclecticism, freshness, and soul keeping people on their toes with ears perked.

Biography

“(A) Talented Musician with a lot of energy and an established following...you won’t be disappointed.”
-MTV ONLINE

"...a star frontman and solid material."
-MUSIC CONNECTION

Chicago-based singer/songwriter Todd Carey is chomping at the bit! His year thus far has been a balancing act of touring, writing, and polishing his band.

Todd's lends an array of styles and influences into his blend of guitar-driven contemporary singer-songwriter-roots-rock, which often rides the fringes of categorized genre. His unwavering ambition and drive to push creative boundaries as a songwriter and performer, leads to the type of eclecticism and freshness that keeps people on their toes with ears perked. Whether performing solo armed with his looping mastery, or backed by his 4-piece band, Carey’s performances are undeniably cathartic, infectious, and foster a palpable connection with the audience. “I’ve always gravitated towards the writers and performers who seem to possess that transcendental quality. The ones who literally reached off the stage or through your stereo speakers with their own two hands and shook you. Playing live and writing songs are just the tools I employ to hopefully achieve that goal of making a physical connection with my audience.”

Wearing his heart on his sleeve (and often the floor), Todd delivers a rollercoaster of moods; ranging from heartache to hope, bitter contempt to empowering love, desperation to desire, and an overall celebration of the depths and polarities of human emotion. Following in suit of his solo shows, at least once an evening Todd takes the stage alone to summon his inner looping spirits; sampling rhythms, sonic textures, and vocal harmonies on-the-fly; building full song structures with quirky nuances. “To me, live performance is a completely emotional experience. Hopefully, I'm not sounding cliché when I say it's what I live for. I can go to places on stage that I can't in life. It's a little bit of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde syndrome actually, were this whole other side of me opens up that you wouldn't otherwise see.”

In the end, Carey succeeds with flying colors, receiving glowing reviews from critics nationwide, including from the Chicago Sun-Times, Justine Magazine, Amplifier Magazine. Todd Carey is on MTV's very short list of "some of the best from SXSW'08 Southwest By Southwest Music Festival]." MTV said" with his acoustic sound and passionate lyrics, a few of his tracks are destined for permanent rotation on my ‘breakup’ mixtape."

His personal milestones were opening on side stages for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Black Crowes, Trey Anastasio, and Phil Lesh. In 2006, Todd shared the same stage concert billing with Jackson Browne, Jason Mraz, Marc Broussard, G. Love & Special Sauce, Virginia Coalition, and 3 weeks co-headlining with L.A. singer/songwriter, Bushwalla.

In 1999, Todd's performing career began in L.A. with his art-rock band, Telepathy, who quickly exploded into the highest rungs of the southern California club circuit. In 2003 Todd began touring solo, and after relocating to Chicago in 2004 and a milestone year in 2005, he now boasts a new band, a new album on the way, and is charged for what lays ahead.

Carey’s latest project, “Watching Waiting” released in 2007 on High Wire / Fontana, features the hard work between Carey, producer/songwriter/former A&R exec Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard, Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele) and mixer Brian Malouf (Natasha Bedingfield, Ziggy Marley). .) “I spent a lot of time trying to give these tracks a unique flavor…tones that I identify with on a personal level,” Carey explains.

As of January 2008, Carey had sold over 3,500 albums online and the numbers continue to grow. Much is expected of this hard-working indie artist who toured in Summer 2008 with Brendan James and Jason Reeves and tri-headline with Keaton Simons and Curtis Peoples in the Fall. Along with Chicago festivals, three performances at Summerfest in Milwaukee, and a new album expected in 2009, Carey seems unstoppable. “I’m really grateful to that music teacher who told me to quit music,” Carey laughs. “I couldn’t think of doing anything else. It helped shape who I am, and I want to share it with the world!”

For more information on Todd Carey please visit toddcareymusic.com and myspace.com/toddcarey
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GUEST APPEARANCES:
Todd has shared the stage and/or billing as support with:
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Trey Anastasio
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Black Crowes
Jason Mraz
Marc Broussard
Maroon 5
John Butler Trio
Jamie Cullum
Virginia Coaltion
Members of Morphine
G.Love and the Special Sauce,
The Samples
Ozomatili
Jurassic 5
Ryan Montbleau
Tim Easton
Foreigner
Particle

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ALL-TIME NOTABLE VENUES PLAYED:
Todd has performed over 300 shows in national markets since 2000. A

Lyrics

Ain't Got Love

Written By: Todd Carey

I got friends
so sweet
to sing to when I'm passing on the street

I got my guitar
to play when I'm down
and a microphone loud enough to rock this town

But it...
all comes down to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
you ain't got love
But it all amounts to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
you ain't got love

Well I know
what you see
just another whiney guitar boy in me
and I know
you know my type
but it still don't really change the fact I'm right

That it..
all comes down to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
you ain't got love
but it all amounts to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
you ain't got love

I got my ride,
when the road is long
and my mind
is clear and it's strong
and I got my girls
and I’ve had my fun
but I still don't have the one....

Cause it...
all comes down to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
no you ain't got love
But it all amounts to nothing in the end
when you ain't got love
you ain't got love

Watching Waiting

Written By: Todd Carey

Feels like I've been waiting for days
and I have
just to catch a glimpse of your face
is that sad?

And every engine that I hear on the side of the road
sends me in a spin of excited hope
I keep looking out the window
checking on my phone
waiting, watching, hoping for you to show
for you to show

Wondering should I go
and search for you?
racing through your words for some clues

Did you give up on me since the last time we spoke?
all my senses say it's crazy but still I know
in the back of my mind there's still this hope
you wouldn't walk out on me like I did to you long ago
will you show
I don't know
will you show?

And the clock on the wall is messing with my head
Drifting way ahead, and back again

So I’ll stay and let the afternoon slip away
Pacing round this floor
half insane

'Till I get some resolution I'm so obsessed
I can't sleep and I can't rest
But there's still something I must confess
When it comes to you baby,
I'm a mess, I’m a mess
I'm a mess, I'm a mess

And every engine that I hear outside on the road
sends me in a spin of excited hope
I keep looking out the window
checking out my phone
Waiting, Watching, Hoping for you to show
will you show
I don't know
will you show?

Smile

Written By: Todd Carey

You came to me in a dream last night
and asked me "did you get my letter"?
How am I?
we'll I’m hanging on tight
and yes
I've been better
I've been better

Cause' the truth is you know
You saw my words
and stuttered and stammered for a while
Truth is I know you saw my words
and confrontation’s not my style

So

You can call me cruel
and you can call me weak
but I'll just sit here and break
and you'll just sit and

Smile
Smile
Smile
Smile

You came to me again last night
and asked me "did you get my letter"?
how are things?
They’re not the same
They’re not the same since I changed my name

You can call me cruel
and you can call me weak
we'll I'll just sit here and break
and you'll just sit and

Smile
Smile
Smile
Smile

And I’ve no words
to add
no words to take away
no words to add
no words to take away
these words
are all the words I have to say

So..

Smile
Smile
Smile
Smile

Discography

Todd is represented on label, Kufala Recordings which is distributed nationally (www.kufala.com). Find Todd's records at Tower Records Nationwide, select market retail outlets, I-Tunes Music Store, Awarestore.com, Borders.com, Barnes & Noble.com, Microsoft Music Store, Disclogic.com, Emusic.com, and Napster Online.

Todd Carey – “Revolving World” – Kufala Recordings 2005 (w/ Grammy Award Winning Producer Jim Tulio). Newest release composed of direct, honest, confessional anthems laid amongst art pop sensibilities.

Todd Carey- “Live from a place that won’t let me use their name” (10/24/03) A limited edition solo live performance

Todd Carey (Solo Debut)- Elevate- Kufala Recordings (2003) A year in the making, this record features Todd on every instrument.

Telepathy- “Live in Los Angeles, 4/28/03 House Of Blues” Kufala Recordings (2003) This concert album features Telepathy ripping into a healthy chunk of their repertoire. Joining the band is The Telepathic Brass, a three-piece horn section.

Telepathy- “30 Seconds of Silence EP” Kufala Recordings (2002) 6 new studio cuts plus live bonus tracks from Telepathy's winter tour 2003.

Telepathy- “ The Better After” –Kufala Recordings (2002) The debut studio album Telepathy. It is over 70 minutes in length, and showcases the band's knack for catchy melodies, improvisation, and several extended instrumental compositions

Set List

Unlike most artists, Todd's setlists change drastically, while still pleasing crowds with favorites on a nightly basis. He can play as long as necessary. One show last spring needed him solo from 7pm-1am. 5 sets! AND AFTER a full day of Skiing in Aspen! Now, that's stamina.

Todd has 50+ original songs, and his covers range from:
The Beatles
Bob Marley
Bob Dylan
Radiohead
Sublime
Dave Matthews Band
Paul Simon
John Mayer
Jimi Hendrix
Rolling Stones
Grateful Dead
Phish
Ben Harper
Jeff Buckley
The Band: The Weight
Wilco
Postal Service
Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes
Ween
Bill Withers: Use Me, Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone
General Jazz Standards