Caroline Sky

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Rolling Stone Online

Later in the two-hour program, Gwen Stefani team members Stephanie Rice and Caroline Sky took on Cat Stevens' 1967 "The First Cut Is the Deepest," which was also a hit for Sheryl Crow in 2003. "It's an emotional, deep song. They both seem to have a little bit of that folk-storytelling in what they do," says Stefani of her song selection. During rehearsal, Stefani and guest mentor Céline Dion urged 16-year-old Sky, who hails from California's Bay Area, to be a little less technically perfect and impart the song with more feeling. And for 27-year-old Houston resident, raspy-voiced Stephanie Rice, Stefani urged her to "[investigate] all sides of her voice" instead of relying on her stylized growl.

During the battle, both women brought their best, though compared to rehearsal, Sky really upped the ante. It did not go unnoticed, with Stefani saying, "Caroline you are one of my favorite people I've ever worked with because you're 16, but I've never seen someone take direction the way you have." Though Stefani claims Rice to advance with her to the next round, Shelton swoops in to steal Sky for his team. With her adaptable voice, it's hard not to wonder if Shelton will swap the folky covers for more pop country hits. Watch it below.

Marin Independent Journal

Caroline Sky reflects on time on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Caroline sailed through her blind audition, singing Carole King’s “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” Two of the four judges, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, turned their chairs around and made their case for her to pick one of them as her coach.

To the surprise of no one, she picked Stefani, one of her childhood idols, who launched her own career when she was just 17. But she wasn’t the only judge impressed by what Stefani described as the “soul” and “emotion” in the San Anselmo teen’s voice.

Judge Alicia Keys had her eyes closed and a blissful smile on her face the whole time Caroline was singing.

“I think you are so talented,” she gushed when the applause died down. “I am so excited to have you on the show.”

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Marin Independent Journal

Paul Liberatore’s Lib at Large:

Marin’s young stars to shine in ‘Best of IJ Lobby Lounge’ show

The most popular singer-songwriter in the Lobby Lounge series to date, Caroline Sky was 13 when she stunned us with poise, talent and maturity beyond her years. Singing beautifully and accompanying herself on guitar, she performed a pair of outstanding originals, “Detour,” and “One-Sided Conversation.” We aren’t the only ones who became instant fans. Narada Michael Walden, a Grammy-winning producer of the year, featured her in a rendition of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” backed by a full orchestra, complete with strings, in his Spring Fling show at the Throckmorton Theater.

Caroline has also performed with guitarists Jose Neto, a member of Steve Winwood’s band, and former Night Ranger Jeff Watson. And she’s sung a duet with Joan Baez on John Lennon’s anthem of peace, “Imagine.” Now a 15-year-old student at Marin Academy, Caroline uses scenic Marin as a backdrop for a new video of her song “Awake Now,” a single from her eponymous debut CD. As I’ve said before, for Caroline Sky, the sky’s the limit.

Marin Independent Journal

Paul Liberatore’s "Lib At Large": 10 Best Marin Records of 2015

Happy New Year, everyone. But before we rock into another year of Marin music, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the outstanding records by local musicians that I reviewed in this space over the past 12 months. Here are Press Play’s 10 best of 2015:

“Caroline Sky,” Caroline Sky — On this eponymous debut, 14-year-old Caroline Sky more than fulfills the promise we saw in her when she first sang in our IJ Lobby Lounge video concert series, becoming our most popular singer-songwriter to date. The EP’s five original songs, including “Awake,” the first single and video, were produced by San Francisco-based singer/songwriter Jeff Campbell. Sky’s music boasts some achingly beautiful moments, stick-in-your-ear hooks and mature, worldly lyrics that belie her youth and inexperience. As we said when we first heard her sing in our lobby, for this talented teen, the sky’s the limit.

Ross Valley Reporter

Teen gives voice to talents

San Anselmo’s Caroline Sky quietly takes local music scene by storm

What do you do when you meet your idol face to face?

“I broke into tears,” Caroline Sky said of her encounter with folk music legend Joan Baez at the Fairfax Festival last year. Sky had wrapped up her performance and was coming off the Redwood Stage when she met Baez.  “All the work she’s done as a musician, as a political activist, she’s amazing,” the San Anselmo teen said. “It was a crazy experience. She was very supportive, which really stood out to me. She said to keep playing and don’t stop.”  Baez, who won a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2007, teamed up with Sky for a performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” during a house concert at the festival.

Sky, 14, recently released her first album, the self-titled “Caroline Sky.”  The album is a collection of five emotionally charged songs and is dedicated to her younger sister, Grace, who is studying ballet.  A freshman at Marin Academy, she’s a little too busy to tour full-time to support her debut album. But Sky is lining up select dates. She’ll appear at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on March 7 at 8:30 p.m. on a bill with Matt Jaffe and the Distractions and headliner Megan Slankard.  Things seem to be moving quickly for Sky, who performed at the prominent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show Jan. 22-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

Sky has in the past performed at local venues with Narada Michael Walden (Jeff Beck band, Whitney Houston), members of Santana and NightRanger’s Jeff Watson. Sky is a big fan of folk singer James Taylor and, although she hasn’t yet played with him, she has played with one of Taylor’s band members, Arnold McCuller.

Sky split up the act with one of her longtime performance partners, but he’s still nearby.  “I kicked him off the stage,” she said, joking with her father, Mike, who also plays acoustic guitar. “Dad’s been transformed into the camera-holding dad, bragging to his friends…He’s my roadie now. He can drive me places because I don’t have my license yet.”

A chance meeting with local musician Jeff Campbell during a performance at Osteria in San Francisco proved to be a big step in Sky’s career. Campbell followed through on an offer to produce her first album.  “I was playing there and the other act was Jeff Campbell on the accordion,” Sky recalled. “He said if I ever need help to let him know.”

Sky gave an impromptu performance of her single “One Sided Conversation” in the music room at her San Anselmo home. Her voice was unaffected by a recent elbow to the face during a freshman girls basketball game.  The lyrics suggest an uncertain passion, growing stronger or doomed to wither. Her music touches on blues, folk and pop styles. Finding the right lyrics to tell the story can be a challenge for any songwriter, even Sky.

“It’s important if the lyrics make sense or if they’re just an easy rhyme,” she said. “I push myself to do better than an easy rhyme.” Sky strives to create music that “transcends all barriers.”  She performed at an event for LIFT/Levantate, a nonprofit operating in San Rafael and Novato, where most of the audience spoke little English.

“Music can go beyond racial and economic status,” Sky said. “It’s so special to see people who don’t speak English are still affected by the lyrics and the music.”  The songwriting process for Sky often starts with a title before she moves on to the chords and, finally, the lyrics. She is delving into the origins of American song and finding new source material for her own music.

“It makes me more aware of where my influences came from and what they were inspired by,” said Sky, who is studying the roots of American music at Marin Academy. “It’s opened my eyes to where they all came from.”  Even at Marin Academy, a school noted for its music programs, some of her closest friends are still surprised to hear that she is a veteran performer and more surprised when she hands them a copy of her new album.  Her passion for music shouldn’t be a surprise, considering she’s been playing ever since she was old enough to hold a guitar. She has also performed choral music.

So how does a teenager find time for school, sports, friends and a budding music career?  “As parents, we need to give our kids all the opportunities we can,” her father says. “The credit goes to Caroline. She makes sure her schoolwork gets done. When we ask her why she’s not practicing her chords, she’ll remind us she has a test coming up and has to study. She keeps herself on track. It’s fun for us to see how responsible she is.”

“I have a lot of things to do, but music is something I enjoy doing,” Sky said. “I play music and it makes me happy.”

Marin Independent Journal

IJ Lobby Lounge celebrates first anniversary of video concerts by young Marin musicians

Caroline Sky, Rose Paradise, Keeley Valentino, Nick Lopez, Matt Jaffe, Ellie Cope, Alison Wood, Noa Z, Caroline de Lone. Any of those names sound familiar?

Here at the IJ, we’re proud to say that they are all young singer-songwriters and bands who have performed in the IJ’s Lobby Lounge video concert series over the past year. Most of them are teens, students from a host of Marin schools — Marin Academy, San Domenico, Redwood, Terra Linda, Novato, Marin School of the Arts.

As the music columnist for the IJ, I’ve profiled many of our resident rock stars over the years. We saw the Lobby Lounge as a way to spotlight the stars of tomorrow. Inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, we thought we could use today’s digital technology to show young people that the IJ was no longer just their parents’ newspaper....

... It’s been the kids who have really taken ownership of this project. ... We’re all pretty sure that some time in the not-too-distant future, one or more of our Lobby Lounge youngsters is going to make it, to become a star. When that happens, we’ll all be insufferable, I’m sure, boasting that we knew them when...

Accompanying herself confidently on acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter Caroline Sky was just 13 when she amazed us all, lighting up the Lounge with a poised performance of two original songs that are sophisticated beyond her years. She’s been our most popular performer in the number of people who have clicked on her video. In my review of her eponymous debut CD, I wrote that it more than fulfills the promise we saw in her when she sang for us in the Lobby Lounge. Pardon the pun, but the sky’s the limit for this young woman.

I could go on. As we celebrate the Lobby Lounge’s first anniversary, there are so many of these teens I could tell you about, singing their praises. But we’d like for you to see and hear them for yourself. And the truth is, your viewership is the only way we can justify another year of Lobby Lounge concerts. So check us out and tell your friends. Use social media to help us get the word out. With your support, we’ll open up the Lobby Lounge for a second season. In the meantime, Marin’s young musicians are waiting in the wings.

 

Marin Independent Journal

IJ Lobby Lounge:

The sky's the limit for 13-year-old Caroline Sky

Accompanying herself capably on acoustic guitar, Caroline impressed us with a poise and assurance developed on stage at benefit concerts, festivals and open mic's around Marin and the Bay Area. A graduate of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, she was selected to sing in the chorus's professional touring group Chorissima. She has also performed in the San Francisco Opera's 2012 production of "Turandot," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's inauguration and at the award ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

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Vineyard Gazette

Raising Voices, Funds for Elderly Housing

Seated on the armrest of a couch in her grandparents’ Edgartown parlor room, Caroline Sky straps a guitar around her back and positions her left hand, lightly manicured, on its neck. She begins to play a song she calls Detour in a full, melodic voice. The song is about a love story that’s taken a wrong turn.

Eyes closed, a listener might expect Miss Sky’s voice to belong to a woman of at least 21. But she’s just turned 13, and will enter the eighth grade in September. When she’s done playing, and the toe-tapping from the small audience has been replaced with applause, she smiles and reveals a slight dimple on the right side of her mouth.

Caroline has been practicing her set every day for an upcoming concert on Sunday, July 14, with Island pianist David Crohan. The concert will be held at the Whaling Church in Edgartown and benefit the Island Elderly Housing, which provides housing and essential services to the elderly and the disabled.

Caroline performed five songs with Mr. Crohan at the Tabernacle last July along with other young Island musicians. Formerly the owner and main entertainer of David’s Island House in Oak Bluffs, Mr. Crohan recently began sharing the stage with younger artists. He says playing with them gives him “energy, a real charge.”

Most musicians are at 70 per cent of their talent potential as pre-teenagers, he says, with an exception for singers, whose voices take slightly longer to mature. Not in Miss Sky’s case, however. Her voice gives the impression that she is far beyond her true years.

Having visited the Island since she was born, Miss Sky sometimes performs in front of the Paper Store in Edgartown. Last summer, she raised a total of $800 for a music foundation.

“Through music, Caroline comes alive in lots of different ways,” explained her mother, Kara Connors. “I am not a musician, but I can tell with her, if she has had a bad day, she puts it all into a song.”

When Mr. Crohan first heard Caroline sing, she sounded like a talented but young vocalist, he said. A year later, her voice had matured by leaps and bounds, he said. “She had really grown — her style, her musicianship, her joie de vivre, had developed to an astonishing extent.”

Mr. Crohan also sees in her the same passion for music that he has known all his life.

“The sense of control I have in music and the ability to express things in music that I can’t say in words . . . I don’t understand how the rest of you live a life of happiness without it . . . The absolute joy that I get from playing, even after all these years . . . I am so blessed, and I feel that Caroline has the same relationship to music and it will grow and grow as it gets older. I am very happy for her.”

Miss Sky says she is honored to open for Mr. Crohan at the concert. “Obviously he’s an amazing pianist,” she said. “That was pretty inspiring to see that level of musicianship, and it was an amazing opportunity to perform with him and even rehearse with him, and I think we sounded really good together.”

The theme of Mr. Crohan’s portion combines two 50th anniversaries — the Kennedy assassination and the Beatles’ invasion. Mr. Crohan will perform numbers from the musical Camelot, often associated with the Kennedy administration, as well as arrangements of the Beatles’ music.

While Caroline hesitates to confirm that she will perform alongside Mr. Crohan in the concert, he is resolute. “Absolutely, or I won’t do it,” he said.

At home, Caroline has sung with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, where she learned “music theory, how to sight read music,” she says. She also sang in the San Francisco Opera’s production of Turandot, and has performed with Arnold McCuller, backup singer for James Taylor, and Jeff Watson.

Both Mr. Crohan and Miss Sky say they feel grateful that their musical gifts allow them to give back to organizations they care about, including Island Elderly Housing. While the group receives federal subsidies for housing, the government does not fund their quality of life programs, such as the Blueberry Van, a transportation service that allows the residents to get to their medical appointments, errands and social gatherings. The organization accommodates 165 residents, and there are another 200 people on the waiting list.

Miss Sky met some of the Island Elderly Housing residents when she rode in the Blueberry Van during the Edgartown parade.

“You can tell that these people have worked so hard in their life to provide for their family, and they have done service to the Island . . . ” she said. “And I am really glad that music is one way to raise awareness and to help out.”

Following the concert, the musicians will attend a public reception in the basement of the Whaling Church.

“I hope this becomes a tradition,” Mr. Crohan said.

David Crohan with Caroline Sky benefit concert for Island Elderly Housing begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church, Main street in Edgartown. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

Vineyard Gazette

Piano Man Plays in the Key of Charity

The benefit concert at the Tabernacle on Tuesday will be quite the sight to see. More importantly, it will be the one to hear.

David Crohan, celebrated pianist and former owner of David’s Island House in Oak Bluffs, is performing with several other musicians to benefit Freedom Guide Dogs breeding and training facility in New York and the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group.

The guide dogs hit close to home for Mr. Crohan, who has been blind since birth. This particular guide dog program is committed to helping people throughout New England for no charge.

“They make better things come from tragic circumstances,” said Mr. Crohan. “They specialize particularly in helping veterans who have come back from Afghanistan and Iraq and need dogs. They’ve found a way for one man who lost his sight and his hands to use a guide dog for help.”

The Cancer Support Group is a more local outlet for charity. “I’ve been here for so many years,” said Mr. Crohan. “I know people that have been in need and have gotten tons of support from [the group.] It’s a good cause, and a local cause.”

With community on his mind, Mr. Crohan excitedly awaits the benefit concert that will feature the talents of many musical friends and also a handful of talented young performers.

The youngest of that group is Caroline Sky, who lives just outside of San Francisco, Calif., but has been summering on the Vineyard all her life. Caroline is an accomplished singer in the Bay Area musical community, where she has performed as a member of the prestigious San Francisco Girls’ Choir and as one of the youngest members of Chorissima, the professional touring sect of the Girls’ Choir.

Caroline has seen Mr. Crohan perform and remembers feeling quite moved. “A lot of people with full sight couldn’t do what he does,” she said. And she’s excited to test her vocals in the Tabernacle. “I’ve never sung in the Tabernacle, though I’ve seen Livingston and Kate Taylor perform there. I’m really looking forward to it,” she said.

Tickets for the David Crohan July 24 benefit concert cost $20 and are available at the door at the Tabernacle and online at mvcma.org. The show starts at 8 p.m.

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