Carrie Manolakos

FRESH: ‘Made Of Stars’ – Carrie Manolakos

Carrie Manolakos shines with her new single “Made Of Stars”!

by Christopher Smith

Internet sensation, Carrie Manolakos, drops her highly anticipated new original song, “Made Of Stars”, in the wake of her viral version of Radiohead’s “Creep”. Her live performance of “Creep” took the internet by storm, Carrie Manolakos took some much needed time to dial in a new LP full of originals and covers. The third single from her forthcoming record “The 44th Chord” is titled “Made of Stars”, and it is shining bright!

As a singer and songwriter, Carrie has been selling out venues all over New York City, as well as other cities across the country and catching the attention of stars such as Alec Baldwin, Trey Anastasio and Josh Groban. Carrie was featured as the top story on Gawker, saying her rendition of the song is “upsettingly good” and it “will make your ears orgasm”!

She was featured in Entertainment Weekly for being one of the top 12 best Radiohead covers of all time, with artists such as Frank Ocean, John Mayer, Weezer, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend, and others. She was also featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, MTV, and MSNnow.

“Made of Stars” asks the question “why do we do the things to each other that we do when we are all made of the same thing?” Carrie wrote this song after a break up. That’s where it began, and then the song started taking on this universal meaning and became all encompassing. Carrie is preparing to release her first full-length record titled “The 44th Chord”, to be released in May 2019.

This new record dances with the sounds of Adele and Hozier, with a kiss blown to Jeff Buckley. The original songs on the record were co-written with writers such as David Hodges (Evanescense, Christina Perri), busbee (Pink, Christina Auguilera, Shane McAnally (Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves) and others. Select covers include songs by Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, and Smashing Pumpkins.

For more about Carrie, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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