You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, Dreaming as I Do. Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.
Since the album’s release, Caroline has been on the road touring non-stop throughout the US and Europe, playing over 200 shows a year in venues from Club Passim in Boston, MA to the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon. She has shared the stage with Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox, and Dan Bern, played festivals including 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston, Al Ras Festival in Barcelona, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York, and showcased at the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference as well as the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.
Music has always been at the heart of Caroline’s life, alongside an insatiable passion for travel and global exploration. In the past fifteen years, Caroline has lived in and traveled to 28 countries on five continents. While writing and recording Dreaming as I Do, she spent time working for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) in Portland, Maine as well as teaching yoga throughout the city and at camps, conferences, and retreats. Both provided amazing opportunities for international community and travel, and further inspired Caroline’s songwriting.
Prior to living in Maine, Caroline spent time working in France, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, studying yoga in India, and traveling in South America. In addition to writing songs in English, she sings in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Sanskrit, and is always looking for beautiful ways to bring the world to her audience and to connect interculturally through her music. With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline’s music takes you all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to an Indian ashram, to a bluegrass festival campfire, to the depths of the human heart.
Dreaming as I Do, Caroline’s first national release, showcases original compositions from her time exploring the globe; leaving home, coming back, leaving love, coming back, and the questions and observations that arise throughout the ongoing journey.
In addition to performing solo, Caroline also performs with Maine-based bluegrass/folk band, The Gather Rounders, as well as 5-piece swing group, C.C. & The Swing Set. She is currently booking tour dates nationally and internationally in support of her latest release while working on a new album set to release in 2017.