Growing up in the angst-ridden alternative rock era of the 90s, Carmen’s earliest musical influences included Nirvana, Tori Amos, and Nine Inch Nails. At thirteen she discovered her mother’s vinyl collection and listened endlessly to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, expanding her musical exposure to the classic rock realm of the 60s and 70s, where she found further inspiration in Joni Mitchell and Led Zeppelin.
Carmen’s debut full-length album The Hive, released in 2011, marked the culmination of a decade of songwriting and delivered carefully-crafted lyrics and deeply emotive musical compositions. The 8-song album is a courageous exploration of trauma, capturing both the fragility and resilience of the human spirit. Three years later in December 2014, Carmen completed production on a 5-song EP titled, Moments of Mercy, relying solely on words, vocals and piano to confront the complexities of intimacy both with others and with oneself. Moments of Mercy displays once again Carmen’s ability to harness her musical voice as a medium for alchemizing emotional turbulence into beauty, healing, and human connection.
Carmen released her most recent EP, Blood Like Water, in December 2018. It is available now on Bandcamp.