Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing & writing music for over 20 years. You can hear some of her original songs & versions of covers on soundcloud, youtube, myspace, facebook and reverbnation. There are also tracks available for download on amazon & itunes. She's been working on a recording project. She's selling CD's of her new music as well as a live EP from Chicago Acoustic Underground and a single on Dharma records new compilation (available online NOW) to raise the funds to finish the Album.
She performs solo gigs, attends & hosts open mics all over the state when she's not with her band. She is currently playing out with the new lineup in her band Limelight but has previously played in Carrie Westbay Band, Tommy Knockers, Ashbury Jam, Diamond drive & Cherrybomb. She started out vocally in public at age 9 or so & then learned to play french horn through the school's band program in 6th grade. She played in marching band, pep band, solo & ensemble, & band festivals. Later she picked up trumpet in jazz band-& still plays it with the bands.
Carrie moved to Columbus Ohio after graduating- to check out the scene. Soon after moving there she learned to play acoustic guitar and write music with it. She moved back to MI 2 years later to go to college, where she founded guitar club for the only 2 years it prevailed. The club put on benefit concerts on campus, in the theater where Carrie worked as a stage hand. Carrie started playing out solo on acoustic guitar- her vocals carried her until she developed guitar skills. After graduating she continued to play out acoustically and also joined a house band in Houghton Lake at Shenanigans Pub. After 3 years Carrie longed to travel so, she joined a local rock band. Carrie was the only original member of Cherrybomb since 2006.
Carrie has placed 2nd of over 20 players in the battle of the acoustix in Traverse city. The contest was sponsored by 97.5 WKLT. There she met Terri Ray who loved her original music. This led to being featured on Terri's Sunday night show on 97.5 WKLT's "The Garage."
She has also been nominated for "Best female vocalist" in the tri-ciites area Review Awards 3 years in a row- taking home the "Blues female vocalist" in 2012.
Be sure to check her out online or at a show near you.
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