Chicago native Carolyn Fitzhugh affectionately named “Songbird” by her adoring fans is a timeless song stylist who possesses the grace, elegance, and improvisational skills of the legends of yesteryear while capturing the attention and affection of all ages.
Carolyn’s childhood home was filled with the music of a diverse assortment of music greats from Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald to Morgana King and Sarah Vaughn to Minnie Ripperton, Ray Charles and Earth, Wind & Fire!
Carolyn began taking classical piano lessons at age 5 and soon after she started making up melodies on the piano, as she adds “my early days of composition.” It was now she felt the emotion to sing and play and soon after what would become a 3-octave voice was born, and the fire to sing, play the piano and entertain was lit never to extinguished!
As Carolyn further reminiscences “In my teens, I fell in love with jazz piano and the captivating technique of the likes of Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Chick Corea, and McCoy Tyner quickly became my favorites.” In addition to those masters Carmen McRae, Shirley Horn, Joe Williams and Stevie Wonder are also influences on Carolyn and are collectively reflective in her writing and singing!
With influences like these genius’ and her desire to shape her own sound Carolyn has become an innovative composer as her 5 exceptional compositions on her debut CD demonstrate. Certainly, studying classical voice at Chicago’s Roosevelt University for 2 years, also in Chicago attending the Bloom School of Jazz where her instructor was David Bloom she studied jazz vocal improvisation and jazz small combo improvisation for piano which heighted Carolyn’s composing and arranging skills!