Fresh, fierce, fearless, that’s what anyone would call a freshly 22-year-old graduate who up and moved to California with two suitcases, a couple hundred dollars, and no place to live just two months after graduation from a cozy, comfortable, small town in Texas.
Essentially homeless yet unafraid, Carley relied on her faith and intuition that this is where she needed to be. A few days later, she moved into a house on top of the Bay with 25 other young adults determined to make their dreams come true in the city of San Francisco. After getting settled into her new day job, Carley worked vigorously writing music about her time spent navigating the ups and downs, emotions, love stories, and heartbreaks of a blue-haired-college girl transforming into a young adult.
Carley refined her sound over the course of two years before releasing her first single, It Takes Two. Her music consists of moody pop songs with sad lyrics yet upbeat melodies that reflect the emotions of any twenty-something. After compiling her must release list of songs a common theme stood out- Blue; everything from her hair to her dreams repeated color until her music became saturated with it.
Who is Carley Carpenter?
I am a singer/songwriter based out of San Francisco, California but originally from a small town outside of Dallas, Texas called Wylie.
Do you think your upbringing has contributed to your style as an artist?
Absolutely. I grew up in a small country town so country music was always played in the house and in the car. Though I don’t sing country music, the art of country music is storytelling and I take that aspect with me when writing pop music. My songs are always based on true stories.
When do your ideas come to you?
I write about my life, who I surround myself with, and the trouble I get myself into (good or bad.) I’m living the stories I sing and write about so my ideas are coming to me everyday. Whether it’s something’s said in conversation or the way a particular situation makes me feel.
What is your favorite song you have written and why?
My favorite song I’ve ever written is my latest single, Lion! It’s the first song I’ve written that expresses my emotions without holding back. I believe in being your true, authentic self and that means laying it all out on the table when it comes to songwriting. That’s part of being an artist, saying how you feel even if some people don’t agree. It’s the first time I felt really empowered to tell a story for what it was.
Who are you listening to right now?
Right now I’m listening to a lot of Chelsea Cutler, Sizzy Rocket, Lights, Transviolet, Terror Jr, Bulow, and Julia Michaels. I’m really inspired by female artists who write their own music and show their vulnerability fearlessly. It’s admirable.
What’s your idea of success as an artist?
My idea of success as an artist is connecting with people. I think it’s the most rewarding thing to put a song out, then have people message me their stories about how that particular song helped them through it. Music is what connects humans with each other and I feel so fortunate to be able to be a part of that.
What’s next for you?
I am releasing my first single of 2019 on February 8th! It’s called Wild to Love and it’s one of the only love songs I’ve ever written. I don’t normally write when I’m in love, I just enjoy it. I start writing when I’m feeling anxious, heartbroken, angry, etc. Those are the types of emotions I’m more influenced by so Wild to Love is a dip into uncharted territory for me. I’m so excited!