“Carolann Solebello may be the best kept secret in the world of singer-songwriters... She possesses one of the best voices in the singer-songwriter world with vocal body and spot-on intonation. She's also matured into a first-rate songwriter... This recording [Shiver] vaults Solebello into the upper echelon of singer-songwriters. ”
CAROLANN SOLEBELLO is a performing songwriter born and bred in New York City. Best known to folk audiences as a founding member of Americana trio Red Molly, she now tours both solo and with modern folk quartet No Fuss and Feathers. Carolann’s smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar style surely nod to rural folk traditions, yet her decidedly urban sense of rhythm and sophisticated vocal phrasing bend those traditional forms into more contemporary shapes. She is a proud member of the Jack Hardy Songwriters’ Exchange and has won numerous songwriting awards. Carolann released her fifth solo album, Shiver, in February 2018.
"Carolann Solebello may be the best kept secret in the world of singer-songwriters... She possesses one of the best voices in the singer-songwriter world with vocal body and spot-on intonation. She's also matured into a first-rate songwriter. Her topics range from finding her muse to Bastille Day in New York, to the deeply personal question and request Listen. A great deal of credit for the glory of this album [Shiver] must be given to her producer Joe Iadanza... Everything just falls into place on this recording which vaults Solebello into the upper echelon of singer-songwriters."
~ Rich Warren, The Midnight Special, WFMT 98.7FM, Chicago IL
"I think of Carolann Solebello as a painter with words. An illustrator could have a field day with the imaginative storytelling [in this] book of tales... Whether it’s divine aid or some other muse, she shows off some major chops with Shiver."
~ Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live in NYC
"Shiver is a strong effort showcasing Carolann Solebello’s smart songwriting chops and bell-clear singing voice... While she may mix in a few other musical styles, it’s clear her bread and butter is traditional folk singing and songwriting... real-deal folk music."
~ Dan MacIntosh, Music Matters Review
"Shiver shuffles rhythms and moods as New York City-based Carolann Solebello powerfully guides the tales with her voice."
~ Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
"With the first soaring notes of the bittersweet, opening country ballad, Brooklyn in the Rain, her strong, clear, insistent vocals were a potent reminder why she’d gotten the Red Molly gig to begin with. That, and her purist, similarly eclectic guitar chops. The fluidity of Solebello’s fretwork, whether with her chords or fingerpicking, should be the rule rather than the exception, but in what’s left of the singer-songwriter demimonde, it seldom is."
~ Alan Young, New York Music Daily
"It's refreshing to hear a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn who's actually from Brooklyn… Steel and Salt is nothing if not a love song to New York City... This is an album about home. Whether you're from my home or not. In "Movie Queen," Solebello sings that "We will never be celebrities." While that's probably not a bad thing, it would also be a shame to let this album fade into obscurity."
~ Rachel Choist, Adobe and Teardrops
"There's nothing not to like – creative and engaging songwriting, beautiful production, and just plain great music. The crowning jewel is Carolann's superb vocals – soulful, compelling, full of raw emotion, and simply beautiful."
~ Al Kniola, WVPE 89.1FM, Elkhart IN
"With the release of Threshold, it seems Solebello has found her own voice in a manner that is both winsome and full of frolic, but there is also a maturity in the writing that speaks to adult matters. We have here an artist who has found herself by going it alone, and thus has become complete and completely one with her work. It is a joy to hear."
~ Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere, Alexandria VA
2018 Finalist CT Folk Fest & Green Expo Songwriting Competition, New Haven CT
2018 Emerging Artist Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale NY
2016 Silver (Folk/Acoustic) & Director's Choice Award 33rd Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Washington DC
2015 Winner Musicians on a Mission Songwriting Contest, Belmar NJ
2014 Third Place SolarFest Songwriter Showcase Competition, Tinmouth VT
2014 Finalist South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, Ft. Lauderdale FL
2011 Winner Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival Songwriting Competition, Havre de Grace MD