Carrie Manolakos

Carrie Manolakos is a very talented singer / songwriter who hails from Syracuse, New York. Her current hang out is New York, New York. The city so cool they named it twice, yeah yeah.

Carrie Manolakos first came into my radar when I was researching the tracks I wanted to include in my piece on “Creep”, my all time favorite song and one I consider to be a real singers song. The chord changes and the emotion alone make it a song that only the brave and the talented should attempt. And Carrie was certainly in that category.  I also had featured Carrie before on the old blog, you can check that out here, just ignore the stupid warning.

Carrie Manolakos has Broadway cred, including the lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia! as well as Elphaba on the Second National Tour of Wicked.

I was so impressed with her version of Creep that I decided to have a look around her catalog of wonderful musical performances.

So let’s get to the music.

Sia writes such beautiful and powerful songs, case in point with this one. Just listen to Carrie giving one of the best cover performances I have heard of this song. Awesome.
Chandelier

Keys- Julian Pollack
Guitar – Dillon Kondor
Drums / BGV – Adam Jackson

Filmed by Beth Derouin
Edited by Sam Teichman
Audio Mix by Derik Lee

A very poignant yet powerful version of this oft covered Leonard Cohen classic.
This was @ Joe’s Pub in New York, that place surely gets some of the best talent.
But anyplace where Carrie Manolakos is singing would be a great place to be.
Hallelujah

Keys – Julian Pollack
Guitar – Adam Stoler
Drums – James Williams
Bass – Ian Kagey

Here’s Carrie @ Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, New York with an original song from her debut album “Echo”. This performance was in 2012 but is still as timely today. A beautiful song beautifully sung.
Red

Keys- Julian Pollack
Guitar – Adam Stoler
Drums – Drew McKeon
Bass – Ian Kagey
Backup Vocals- Liana Stampur

Filmed and edited by Oresti Tsonopoulos
Additional filming by Ian Perlman and Rishi Linley
Audio Mix by Fox Schwach
Hair and Make-up by Rob Harmon

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Another great performance by Carrie, this @ at Feinstein’s/54 Below for a “Broadway loves (somebody I won’t mention, not a fan)” show. Carrie gives a real powerhouse performance. Enjoy.
Emotions

Music Director, Jesse Vargas
Producer, Benjamin Rauhala
Creative Consultant, Michael Mott
Arrangement by Jesse Vargas

Band: Jesse Vargas (music director/piano), Sean McDaniel (drums), Brian Holtz (bass), David Cinquegrana (guitar), Dan Pardo (synthesizer)

Background Vocals: Patrick Hartigan, Ginna Le Vine, and DeAnne Stewart.

Filmed by Nessie Nankivell.

And we’re back in Joe’s Pub, NY again, this time for a great version of one of my favorite Dave Matthews Band songs.
Crash Into Me

As an aside if anyone want’s to cover it my absolute Dave Matthews favorite is “Gravedigger”, that song rocks.

So we’ll finish on another original song.
This was part of an interview session and the host asked Carrie to sing for her.
What happened then was a thing of wonder, a beautiful song for us to enjoy.
The lows

Journalist and Host Mona Lisa Mouallem sits down with singer/songwriter Carrie Manolakos to discuss everything from her transition from Broadway to songwriting, to going viral overnight and everything in between.