From the first moment they hear her luminous voice, from the first chords that ring out tunefully from her acoustic guitar, Caroline Sky’s audiences are left with little doubt: They are in the presence of a truly special singer-songwriter, one who combines top-shelf vocal talents, uncommon songwriting insight, and soulful instrumental delivery. What’s less clear is how such a rare combination of gifts could possibly have arrived onstage in the form of a 15 year-old young woman.
Caroline’s talents as a vocal artist were honed at an early age, when she was accepted into the prestigious San Francisco Girls Chorus as a mere 9 year-old – becoming the youngest member ever admitted to the company at its top level. This world-class training gave her opportunities to develop a strong vocal vocabulary, to perform regularly at the city’s legendary Davies Symphony Hall, to tour extensively, even to be selected for appearances with the San Francisco Opera.
After three years with the Chorus, Caroline found herself drawn to more contemporary and narrative music forms: acoustic folk, blues, and pop. She picked up guitar and piano, and quickly advanced to writing and performing original material, soon appearing in some of the Bay Area’s most prominent music venues and festivals. The regional and national music establishment was quick to take notice: Caroline has since been called to share the stage with such legendary artists as Joan Baez, Arnold McCuller (of the James Taylor Band), Vicky Randle (of The Tonight Show), Jose Neto (lead guitar, Steve Winwood band), Narada Michael Walden (producer, Whitney Houston), members of the Carlos Santana band, Rob Hotchkiss (of Train), and Jeff Watson (Night Ranger).
Caroline's debut EP, produced by SF-based singer/songwriter Jeff Campbell, was released in early 2015, to rave reviews. Critics praise the songs for their “achingly beautiful” moments, their “stick-in-your-ear hooks,” and their “mature, worldly lyrics” that belie her youth and represent a “reflection of rare talent.” These songs, often compared to the works of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Grace Potter, and Sara Bareilles, have been winning over audiences across the country. Radio station KFOG, the leading AAA station in the SF market, recently selected Caroline’s single, “Awake Now” to appear on its “Local Scene” CD of top regional tracks. In Massachusetts, legendary indie music station WMVY handed Caroline similar honors, tapping her for an on-air interview and a headlining gig in its renowned “Porch Series” concerts.