Songwriter Soul with a Funky kick is how Carole Walker self describes her crafted sound. Her songwriting goes far beyond convention. She weaves her lyrics into a tapestry of spoken word, poems, and heartfelt songs all wrapped in her warm powerful voice. Mike Breen “CityBeat” magazine (Cincinnati, Oh) says “Carole Walker has been equally lauded for her soulful, lilting vocal ability, which get its calling card with Be Yourself (she can somehow occasionally sound like Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Ani DiFranco and Erykah Badu in the span of one line).”
Carole is now working on her upcoming EP “Bloom,” a collection of songs inspired by personal growth, loss, acceptance and love. In July of 2010 Carole lost her brother/bass player Chris Walker who was also her musical partner and co-founder of the bands “Heavy Weather” and “The Walker Project” “Music can’t heal everything but It can help you find your way back from the darkest of places” says Carole “these songs were my way of putting back the pieces of myself after what seemed like to me was back to back tragedies. The songs were more personal than I ever expected and still more songs are coming.”
Carole developed her guitar skills and continued to write songs. Her solo work led to the creation of “The Walker Project” (the Project) — the second collaboration with her brother. Carole describes “The Walker Project” as ‘an acoustic soul duet.’ The Project released two self –produced CDs (Trilogy, U can be Yourself). In 2003, Carole was nominated and received the Cincinnati Music award (Cammy) for best Hip-hop vocal. Carole has shared the stage with Michelle Malone, Tracy Walker, Allison Pippitone, and the late Katie Reider. Carole’s time with Heavy Weather” with her brother/bass player Chris Walker and fronted the band with her powerful vocals. The band played an amalgamation of genres including funk, rock, soul, reggae, and pop. They opened for a number of national acts including Fishbone, Kid Rock, Merrell Saunders, MMW (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Freekbass, and Sister 7. In 1994, they were selected as the official band for the American Indian Movement Walk for Freedom national tour which began in Florida and ended with a concert on the Washington Monument in Washington DC. Heavy Weather toured extensively for 10 years receiving numerous accolades and produced three CD’s (The Difference, As My World, Live) until 2002 when they took a much deserved hiatus.