“… be gentle with yourself and offer kindness…” - cw
Carole’s music is not afraid. She sings about love, loss, society’s issues, finding self, courage and perseverance ~ always with a silver lining - a belief that every experience is an opportunity for growth and awareness, and seeing the world with all its beauty, with all its wonder and it’s fragility.
Carole Wise is a singer/songwriter and self-taught multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, harmonica) from Brunswick, ME. Her playing is intricate and straight forward; her lyrics are nuanced, lyrical and both personal and universal. Her music is sweet and soulful, drawing on a lifelong passion for education, the beauty of the natural world, and the adventures of finding truth through life's challenges. Her music is also organic - grown and nurtured from the seed of a feeling or a visual. "I do not chase a song," Carole says. Nature is where her spirit thrives and meditative walks are often the source of the seeds - as in the hawk she watched soaring above - that was the seed from New Frontier. Once planted in her mind and heart, Carole gifts it the time to grow.
After a long hiatus and in the midst of the pandemic, Carole's perseverance was not lacking. In those 18 months, she performed over 65 virtual concerts, composed music and lyrics for a folk musical, and played in venues that opened safely.
2023 - ISSA, Best Female Artist & Best Female Video (Listen In), Finalist
2023 - RAWA, Songs for Social Change, Finalist
2022 - Rose Garden Singer/Songwriter Competition, 1st Place
7/21/23 - Opened for Vance Gilbert at The Troubadour (Morristown, NJ)
12/10/22 - The Back Room (Berkeley, CA)
9/24/22 - Club Passim Campfire Festival (Cambridge, MA)
Carole's release "Long Way Home" charted as No. 18 on Folk Radio in November 2021, and keeps moving forward from there. The album was co-produced by Carole Wise and Jud Caswell, and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jud Caswell of Frog Hollow Studio, Topsham, Maine. Carole’s vocal and acoustic guitar performance is accompanied by a stellar ensemble of Maine musicians: Mike Burd, Denny Breau, David Wakefield, April Reed-Cox and Jud Caswell.
Cadenza of Freeport, ME states, "Carole is a dedicated, talented singer/songwriter who offers provocative lyrics to encourage us to engage in the world around us. Her style is comfortable and honest. Her musical talent and experience is obvious."
Carole's belief in her creative process flows into all of her creative genres: music, writing, photography, and painting. They are all reflective of her personal relationship to the world, and speak to the universal experiences of humanity. Whether at a music venue, a gallery showing, or a poetry share, Carole's connection to her audience is the performance.