Working as an independent (non-major label) artist, Eileen Carey has learned a great deal about the ins and outs of the music business.
“I have learned to be careful and to choose great partners and assistants,” Carey said. “Like hiring the right publicist, manager, radio promoters, producers and marketing. These are the people who get me the proper exposure for my music.”
Also, choosing the right co-writers for each song is important.
“Each has their own identity so each writer/musician has to connect with that song,” Carey said. “You have to have the right band members to bring your song alive to connect with your audience. There is so much to learn in this business, especially if you are acting as your own record label.”
Most importantly for Carey is continuing to fine tune her craft, while “staying true” to herself.
Carey started performing at the age of 13 in her school choir and theater in Ohio.
“I was lucky enough to have had great music teachers in school,” she said. “I have always looked up to Whitney Houston, Chrissie Hynde (from the Pretenders), and the Beatles, among others. My favorite songwriter is Diane Warren. Each of those artists inspired me with their song writing and performance vocals. I just love their style.”
Carey started to write songs when she moved to Los Angeles.
“I have performed at numerous times at the L.A. County and Del Mar Fair festivals, as well as nightclubs throughout the country,” Carey said.
She has also performed on at fundraisers, wwomen’s radio showcases, and a Mamapalooza Music Showcase in San Diego.
“I love all types of country music,” she said. “Traditional, such as Patsy Cline, and a blend of country pop rock, like, for instance, Keith Urban.”
On Saturday, Carey will make her debut performance at Country at the Merc.
“I will be performing a few songs off of each of my last three albums —- ‘Possibilities,’ ‘Hearts of Time,’ and ‘Movin’ On,'” Carey said. “So the audience will get a chance to hear a variety of my music.”
Carey will be releasing a new CD this year, a follow up to “Movin’ On.”
“I’ll also be having a new dance single coming out in June called ‘Faith’ that will be marketed to country dance saloon clubs around the country, similar to the way my previous single ‘Out With the Girls’ was,” Carey said.
Carey will also be touring throughout the year.
“My dream would be getting my music into TV, film and commercials,” Carey said.
A married woman with two daughters, who are both in college, Carey also dedicates time to various animal rescue organizations and enjoys kickboxing.
“I spend a lot of time in the kickboxing ring,” she said.