Carol Elliott

BIO:  Carol Elliott is a remarkable story. Originally from Atlanta, she’s spent 35+ years in the music industry as a songwriter and performing artist, as well as record company exec on Music Row in Nashville. Her list of credentials are impressive, ranging from street performer in San Francisco to working with top artists in Nashville such as Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks. She and Wendy Waldman won the prestigious Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for their song Corn, Water and Wood, recorded by Michael Martin Murphy on “Cowboy Christmas.” It’s also been recorded by Ronnie Cox, Riders In The Sky & Bryndle.  A finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter competition, Elliott was invited back many times to perform main stage, as well as two Women of Kerrville tours with Eliza Gilkyson, Tish Hinojosa, Catie Curtis, Christine Albert and Alisa Fineman. She even received compliments from former Poet Laureate of the United States, Howard Nemerov, who said, “If I could sing like that, I wouldn’t bother with poetry.” Carol had much success in Europe, appearing on Geld Oder Lieber (Money or Love) in Germany to millions of people and charting at #44 on Germany’s Top 100. She has five studio recordings of her original material recorded in Nashville.  A sixth CD, is in production with Grammy award winner, Joe Reyes of San Antonio producing.  Reyes will be joining Elliott onstage at The King William Fair April 29 and The Kerrville Folk Festival on June 6, 2023.


Artist Statement of Work

Tell us about your work (style, approach, philosophy, subject and/or theme):

I sing and play the guitar professionally. My genre is Americana:  indie, country, folk.  My greatest passion is songwriting.  I write about what happens to me and what I see happening in the world around me.  Hurricane Harvey blew me to San Antonio from Port A in time for the pandemic.  I kept writing & joined a zoom songwriting critique group where I met Rudi Harst.  He invited me to sing at Celebration Circle and The Cave Without a Name.  I've been playing The Argyle since 2022 on a regular basis and decided it was time to make another CD.   Grammy award winning producer, Joe Reyes, and I connected and have been working together since September 2022.   We're making an album called SURVIVAL MACHINE.  Music lifts hearts, heals hearts, and can tilt hearts and minds in a positive direction.  Artists have the ability to educate, nurture, console, bring joy, and otherwise inspire with our creative output and performances.  Many deserving creative artists, due to lack of funds, struggle off stage; never known by a public who might truly be moved and inspired by their efforts.  Being older I greatly appreciate your focus on diversity because age doesn't (and shouldn't) limit a musician's ability to create and perform beautiful music.  San Antonio's beautiful parks, libraries, museums & diverse cultural events helped me heal from the trauma of a hurricane.   Fellow musicians here have been so generous.  There's a harmonious blend of cultures I've never experienced in any other American city.   I feel I'm home.  



  • Carol Elliott singing "This Good Earth" about climate change and refugee crisis

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