Audiences love Carol Elliot's voice. It's straight from the heart and truly
original. So are her songs. Her CD The People I Meet debuted on Gavin's
Americana chart in June 1997. It received good reviews in Gavin... "one of the
finer songwriters," Dirty Linen... "appealing, tastefully produced, a very
promising performer," as well as Performing Songwriter and Music Row Magazine
which gave "a special salute to work well done to an artist that has been an
inside-Nashville, acoustic-music secret for far too long."
An Atlanta native, Elliot's most unusual venue was along world famous
Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco where she supported herself for five
years as a street singer. Strangers were drawn in by the beauty of her
voice. They stayed to listen because of her originality and genuineness.
She is the only artist in street performer history to receive a one hundred
dollar tip. That is a whole other story that you might hear between songs
at one of her concerts.
In 1986 Elliott moved to Nashville to seriously pursue her songwriting. Over
the next few years she was hired as a staff writer for two major publishing
companies. Her most notable cut is the song Corn, Water & Wood
(co-written with Wendy Waldman and recorded by Michael Martin Murphey) which
won the 1991 Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for Best
Song of the Year. What impresses Carol most about those years were the
incredibly talented songwriters and artists she came to know and admire and
with whom she sometimes co-wrote - Walter
Hyatt, David Olney, Mark Germino, Buddy Mondlock,
Dave Mallett, Don Henry. These geniuses, mostly struggling in
obscurity, inspired her to stay on her path.
People are fascinated to learn that Elliott worked for Dolly Parton and other
Nashville legends as a production coordinator. After helping them make their
records during the day, she wrote and recorded 5 cassettes independently on
her label, Heartstrong Records. Last year Elliott produced her first children's
CD for storyteller Betty Ann Wylie. Titled "Mother Goose From Morning Til
Night," it won the "Parents Choice Award."
Elliott took a road less taken (by songwriters that is) to attend
the first Sewanee Writer's Conference at the University of the
South in Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1991.. This elite gathering is
funded by a bequest from the estate of Tennessee Williams. Selected
in poetry, she studied with Howard Nemerov, former Poet Laureate
of the United States. Upon hearing her sing he said, "If I could
sing like that I wouldn't bother with poetry."
A New Folk finalist at the 1994 Kerrville Folk Festival, Elliott
has been a regular on the main stage of both the summer and fall
festivals. Her song Solitary Hero was included on the Women
of Kerrville CD which led to a Women of Kerrville Tour with Tish
Hinojosa, Eliza Gilkyson, Christine Albert and Catie Curtis.
Elliott's song caught the ear of Taxim Records in Germany which
released The People I Meet in Europe in 1999. In the
spring of 1999 she appeared on a national German TV show
and performed "Message from Walter" from the new CD.