Based out of Washington, DC, Carly Harvey combines Blues, Jazz, Soul, & Americana roots styles to create a unique sound that calls to mind Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and Nina Simone, with a little Ella Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure. In July 2018, Ms. Harvey was featured in Big City Blues Magazine as one of the youngest Blues artists to watch. She has had the privilege to share the stage with iconic musicians including Annika Chambers, Ron Holloway, Kebbie Williams, Ephraim Owens, Cory Henry, Kofi Burbridge, Junior Marvin, and Susan Tedeschi, another artist whose work has been foundational to her musical evolution.
Carly is a two-time DC Blues society Battle of the bands winner (duo 2016, band 2018) and was proclaimed DC's Queen of the Blues in 2016 by Dr. Nick Johnson of WPFW Radio.
Carly's band represented DC in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2019 and advanced to the Semi-finals.
In Early 2019, Carly released a new EP titled Kiss & Ride Vol. 1 and the hit single " She Ain't Me" is charting on regional blues radio stations. She was shortly after voted 2nd place for Best Performance Artist in Washington City Paper's " Best of DC 2019"
International crossover album titled Among The Stars and an EP titled Y.A.M.W.A.O. with Italian producer/composer Taste of Dream is an additional project that has allowed Carly to explore an element of her musicianship beyond the Blues.
Carly is a Tsalagi and Tuscarora descendant and it is Carly’s belief that Blues not only comes from the African American experience but is actually directly influenced by Indigenous American Minor Pentatonic Melodies and Stomp Dance Songs.
Carly has taught master classes to educate people about the music that gives her so much pride in her Afro-Indigenous heritage.
Kiss & Ride
is a high energy blues ensemble lead by Carly Harvey. This project is intended to extend blues to younger audiences and bridge the age gap between blues aficionados by combining current music with blues arrangements in the same set with blues standards, blues funk, soul and some original music too.
- Check out Carly's Latest release Human Too
-Kiss & Ride Vol. 1 has had its first stellar review by peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
check it out Here! Kiss & Ride Vol. 1 review
-Carly is so grateful and thankful to her following for supporting her music and various projects through the years. <<<<>>>>
Carly Has been nominated for 7 wammies (the DC version of a Grammy) and is a finalist in all 7 categories! winners will be announced in late march so stay tuned!