Carolyn Shulman is a folk singer-songwriter whose love of music has been a lifelong affair. As far back as preschool, you could find her standing on top of a picnic table on the playground, singing her favorite songs into a make-believe microphone and inviting her friends to sing along.
Carolyn came by her love of music and all things guitar-related naturally. Her father has played guitar as a hobby for most of his life, so when Carolyn expressed an interest in learning to play, he brought home a kid-sized acoustic guitar perfect for a nine year-old's hands and set her up with lessons. By the time she was fourteen, she had written her first song and was playing out in coffee shops and restaurants in her hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Carolyn continued playing, writing, and performing as a college student at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She had the honor of playing at Houston's storied folk venue Anderson Fair, and she performed at the 2001 Houston Women's Festival along with artists like Susan Gibson, Edie Carey, Patrice Pike, and Ruthie Foster. In 2002, her songwriting earned her a spot in the University Songwriters Showcase at the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival.
After college, Carolyn continued to play music, but her performance schedule and creative pace slowed down while she earned a law degree. She practiced law in Houston for seven years, focusing on Social Security disability law, and in 2013, she welcomed her daughter to the world. These life-changing experiences continue to help shape her worldview and inform her songwriting.
In 2014, Carolyn moved to Denver, Colorado with her family. Viewing this transition as an opportunity, she decided to stop practicing law in order to spend more time with her young daughter and to refocus on her lifelong passion of music. You can find her performing at house concerts and in venues around Denver both as a solo artist and with her friend Jen Hitt as the folk/Americana duo The Truth About August.
Carolyn’s influences include artists like Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Catie Curtis, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Brandi Carlile, Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, Tom Petty, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Crosby Stills & Nash, and the many Texas singer-songwriters she's gotten to know, such as Susan Gibson, Jana Pochop, Michael O’Connor, and Vanessa Peters.
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