{vendor spotlight} carolyn brown-benson, singer

Carolyn has been a singer for many years, performing locally for intimate parties and large events.  Her lovely voice is perfect fit for so many favorite songs, and she enjoys performing anything from Carol King to Mumford and Sons.

Once it was a couple’s first dance song that would forever create a memory – now many brides and grooms are using meaningful music during ceremonies, as well.  Carolyn is a perfect fit for both the moment before you say ‘I do’, through to the start of your celebration.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself.

A. I am a wife, mother of two and a singer/actress!  Born, raised, and currently living on the North Shore of Long Island.

Q. When did you decide to start singing professionally?

A. I have been singing and acting since I can remember, with a grand plan to be on Broadway.  However, once I got to college to study theater, I realized how hard of a road it was and didn’t think I had the ‘soul to suffer’ for my craft.  I was content with my decision and came home.  Shortly after, I met and married my husband and that part of my life started.  Married, raising two children and loving being a stay-at-home mom, I still felt like something was missing from my life; I needed to get back to work and didn’t want it to be in an office – I wanted to sing and act!  That was my passion.

With the blessing of my family, I started taking singing/acting lessons.  They helped me get my singing ‘chops’ back and before I knew it, I was auditioning and performing.  My first break came portraying Ethel Merman at the Stony Brook Cultural Center and eventually I found myself at CM Performing Arts portraying Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast and Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, to name a few.  I have even been given the prestigious opportunity to sing the National Anthem twice at The Hampton Classic Horse Show.  Presently I am acting and doing commercial/TV work and thrilled to be singing at some of the North Shore’s finest restaurants.

Q. Apart from singing and entertaining, what do you do?

A. I am a homemaker and raising two children which in of itself is very busy.  My husband and I enjoy a great social life and have wonderful family and friends we spend time with.  We love to go see concerts at Jones Beach, catch a movie or just meet up with friends for a bite to eat.

Q. What inspires you?

A. Music and the joy of watching people listen to my music.  I love seeing a person recognize a song and watch as it brings them back to a certain time, place or event in their life.  The ability to touch someone through music is very inspiring.

Q. What are your favorite locations to perform?

A. I love doing small, intimate events like weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, etc. – having the personal connection with people to make their event truly special.  I treat the day as if it were my own family member’s special occasion.

Q. What fashion possession do you most cherish?

A. It would have to be my black Palazzo pants!  I love them!  You can dress them up or down for any event or occasion and so comfortable.

Q. Who has been your greatest inspiration?

A. My greatest inspiration are my children.  I may be raising them, but they are teaching me new things everyday.  They are my greatest blessings.

{connect with Carolyn Brown-Benson}
Twitter| @cbenc66
Website| carolynbrownbenson.com