When you ask Carly Goodwin where she is from, be ready for her answer to take a little while. Born in upstate New York in 1981, she moved to California, Utah, Montana and Michigan (just to name a few) before finally ending up in Tennessee. “I have no idea what it would have been like to grow up in one
house throughout my whole childhood. I like that I have seen so many different regions of the country and met so many people because it has made me understand that despite our differences, we are very similar to one another.”
Carly’s first musical memories are of times that she spent singing with her Mom when she was growing up in California. Born on July 28, 1981- Carly was a child of the 80s. She dressed up like Madonna for Halloween and would put on shows for anyone who would listen. Carly has vivid memories of her Mom playing guitar and singing Winnie the Pooh songs for her as a child.
While living in L.A., in addition to singing, Carly made television commercials for Hallmark and Kodak and made a guest appearance on the popular series The Wonder Years. When Carly was 12, her family relocated to Park City, Utah, during which time Carly played the lead in many local and school musical productions. Carly sang The National Anthem regularly at Utah Jazz basketball games, world class ski events such as The World Cup Ski Races and The Senator’s Cup in Park City, and many other events.
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, Carly packed her bags and headed to Nashville in August of 2003. When asked why she had to make the move, Carly explained- “moving to Nashville was something that I had to do for me. This place is all about music. The people here are so creative. This dream was one that I’d had as long as I could remember and I knew that I would always regret not at least giving it a shot.” Carly was ecstatic to move and begin pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a country recording artist. Carly’s influences are wide, and range from Bonnie Raitt, to the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless, The Eagles, The Beatles, Cold Play and Garth Brooks.
Shortly after moving to Nashville, Carly began meeting the people who would help her make her dreams come true. Through a friend of her grandparents, Carly was introduced to and worked with some great songwriters, including Carl Jackson. Impressed by Carly’s extraordinary musical gifts, the multi-Grammy award winning producer agreed to produce Carly’s debut CD. Willie Nelson heard Carly’s rendition of his classic hit, "Crazy", and invited her to perform with him in Los Angeles. From there, Willie and Carly decided to record "Crazy" as a duet and include it on Carly’s debut album- that was the first time ever that Nelson has performed a duet of his classic song on a county album. Carly and Willie have performed with one another several times, including Farm Aid and several state fairs. Carly and Carl loved working together and their collaboration on the “Carly Goodwin” debut album resulted in a true masterpiece.
Since releasing the album, Carly has been touring fairs, festivals and military bases. One of the favorite songs on Carly’s debut album, "Baby Come Back Home", has garnered Goodwin a lot of attention. Carly co-wrote the song after hearing soldier’s wives sending messages to their husbands overseas and being extremely moved. After people began hearing the song, the response was astounding. Carly was overwhelmed with requests from troops all over the world asking her to come and visit their bases. Carly has traveled to bases all over the country, including two visits to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2004. The groundswell also earned her guest spots on regional TV shows, two appearances on Fox & Friends national broadcast, and Glenn Beck’s nationally syndicated talk show.
After spending so much time with the troops all over the nation, Carly had the idea to create "The World’s Longest Letter to the Troops". This letter, which reached over 18 miles in length, began during Fan Fair of 2005, and was signed by many country celebrities, over 150,000 people from all 50 states, and was even been signed by Congress. When asked about the letter, Carly responded, “It has been an amazing experience for me. I have seen the heart of America, and the love and support for our troops in everyone. I am very grateful that I have been able to spend time with so many of the men and women that do so much for our country, and I am honored to be involved in showing them our support.”
In January of 2006, Carly and her band spent the month in the Middle East (one week which was in Iraq), performing for our troops and delivering part of "The World’s Longest Letter to Our Troops" to each base, literally wrapping them in America’s love. The trip was so successful that Carly and her band did another tour for our troops in September of 2006 throughout Europe. Rolling Stone Magazine was so impressed at what Carly and other bands like hers had done that in May 2007 they wrote an article all about their travels. For Carly, “Music has always been a way to supercede everything else and connect me to others. I find that amazing. It is a gift for me to really be able to reach out to others and help touch them in some way.”
Carly released a Christmas Collection, “This Christmas Day” in the Winter of 2006 which received glowing reviews from both Music Row and Country Weekly Magazines.
The most exciting thing to happen to Carly last year was her marriage to veteran songwriter, Josh Kear. Josh has written hits for Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffet, Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood, to name a few. The couple wed in the Dominican Republic surrounded by close friends and family. Brides Magazine will be covering the wedding in their Honeymoons and Weddings Abroad Apecial Issue, which will be coming out in the Fall of 2007.
Carly is currently working on her sophomore album and taking time to connect with her fans while touring across the country. During the times when she is not busy in the studio or on tour, Carly gives back to her community. Her goal in pursuing music is to help others, and to give back. She has affiliations with AAHP (Artists Against Hunger and Poverty) as well as Boundless Playgrounds, The Peace Alliance, and numerous organizations which assist military families.
Billboard Magazine Reviews Carly Goodwin''s Debut Album
October 11, 2004
Carly Goodwin''s debut album showcase a serious talent with enough vocal chops to entice a duet with Willie Nelson on the latter''s classic “Crazy.” Carl Jackson''s production brings insistent percussive and acoustic elements to such spritely and cuts as “Just Another Mountain” and the hopeful “New Night Dawning.”
At 23, Goodwin''s voice owns impressive range and personality on up-tempo cuts like “Destination Heartache” and endearing tone and tremolo on such midtempos as the easy-rollin'' “High on a Mountain.” Elsewhere, “Until Then” and “Still Too Blue” are stone-country ballads in a Patty Loveless style. Likewise, the piano-based “Homecoming Day” is a gorgeous torch song and “Baby Come Back Home” is a passionately rendered, if somewhat clichéd, tearjerker ballad about a soldier''s wife that could have huge appeal these holidays. Racked by Bayside-RW back...
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