Country \ Pop \ Gospel
Carolina East grew up in Labrador before her family moved to South River, Newfoundland, a small town near St. John’s. She started singing at sixteen and very soon after that she was performing in venues in the capital city. Beginning with Newfoundland traditional tunes, she moved into classic rock, rhythm and blues and country styles. By the time she was twenty, she was singing professionally on a full-time basis.
In 2005 she learned from an uncle that she had roots in the Mi’kmaq community, through relatives in St. George’s Bay, an important area for indigenous culture here in Newfoundland. While digging into this history, she learned of the long-standing tradition of music in her family. She finally felt like she belonged, and while this knowledge helped resolve her longing for deeper identity, it also helped make sense of her pull toward music. Now, she says, “When I sing I feel like I am going home. It’s where I feel the most like myself.”
Carolina is a self-taught musician whose voice conveys natural warmth and honesty as well as amazing vocal power. She doesn’t question this anymore, and her enthusiasm and dedication have continued to draw support from others. The music teacher who originally encouraged her when she was sixteen has now been joined by professional musicians, music producers and financial supporters.
Dr. Brian Ramjattan, family physician and medical researcher and inventor, has become a financial partner in support of her career. After hearing Carolina sing at Greensleeves on George Street, he waited for more than an hour to speak with her, then offered to help her in any way he could. Two years later, he provided the funds needed for her to travel to Toronto to work with Rob Wells and Shobha Lee of The Fourth Floor.
Her working relationship with Rob and Shobha, whose professional expertise and accomplishments dovetails perfectly with Carolina’s instincts as a songwriter and performer. Their partnership now spans songwriting, production and recording, music management and promotion. This has resulted in a very impressive EP of six co-written original tunes that they have produced and distributed. Audience response to the six tracks, as evidenced by international downloads, physical sales and live-streaming of her music clearly demonstrates the future potential for this artist and her partners to launch a major career in mainstream music markets.
In the past eighteen years, Carolina has been onstage as a performer more than one thousand times. This has given her the opportunity to fine tune her strong stage presence. Her goal each time is to interact with the audience and communicate with them on a deeply emotional level. She has performed in concert with Alan Doyle, The Secrets and Theo Tams, among other acts, while appearing at the George Street Festival, Killigrew’s Soiree, the Supermarket in Toronto as well as clubs and soft seat venues in Newfoundland and across Canada. She recently appeared in three showcases at MusicNL Week, and will be attending the East Coast Music Awards in Halifax in May where she has been nominated for Indigenous Artist Of The Year and has been selected to showcase on the Indigenous Stage. She will also be a participant in the Indigenous Music Awards where her album has been nominated for Country Album of the Year and was selected to perform at the opening ceremonies as well as the Indigenous Music Awards Sessions which will find her recording a live music video that will launch worldwide. Carolina will also be attending Canadian Music Week in Toronto. And is also a top ten finalist in The Canadian Songwriting Competition in the “Undiscovered” category.
In May, a provincial tour with nine dates, all soft seat venues, across the island of Newfoundland with fellow songwriter Damien Follett will take place. A regional tour of the Maritimes is being organized for late Summer and early Fall. There is no doubt, once regional and national audiences hear her in concert, that they will agree that Carolina East is an artist to be reckoned with.