Exciting News!

After a long hiatus, I am back in the studio writing and recording songs for my new album. It's been an interesting journey. Often times, I would audition for gigs and people would say "she's too Country". My response would be "Country?!... Me?!".

Come to think of it, I've always loved monster trucks. I still want that restored 67' Camaro with a stripe down the center... and a really loud engine!

Finally it occurred to me. What a great idea.

Once I fully embraced it, it was like a rocket into the valley of success.

It's undeniable. It's in my blood. my great-great-grand parents traveled through the Wild West, across the plains in a covered wagon. My great-great-grandfather led his 20-mule team and worked the land. I come from a long line of hard-working, pioneer women. I grew up listening to my mom play guitar and banjo to Willie and Dolly while I sang along. They remain two of my favorite singers and songwriters to this day.

My love of rock music and acoustic, organic instruments led me to a natural evolution into country music.

I want to write great songs. I want to tell a story. Nashville has long been known for some of the best storytelling in the world. I began immersing myself in Country music, and suddenly, my 6-year-bout of writers block vanished. New ideas came flooding to me at all times of the night. I had to sleep with my recorder at my bedside. In the middle of a live show, I had to run down to the quick-change room and grab my notepad during breaks.

Brad Paisley was saying exactly the things I had longed to say. Rascal Flatts was making me yell out impulsively, "Go boy!!!!" as Gary Levox wailed out a heart-wrenching melody.

I had stopped listening to new music or listening for pleasure. I was inspired to listen to music again.

I feel this is where I truly belong. I've certainly taken a unique route to get here... back home to country.

Thanks for your hospitality. I do hope you enjoy!!

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Carmel Helene is an American singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She has released a 6-song EP as a solo artist, and has toured extensively as a vocalist with acts including Johnny Hallyday, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bolton and Luis Miguel. Other musicians with whom she has collaborated include Sheryl Crow, Marc Nelson (Az Yet), Robert Brookins (Earth, Wind & Fire), Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin), Mark Isham, Andy Goldmark (Celine Dion, Carly Simon, Pointer Sisters), Kashif, Randy Jackson (Mariah Carey, American Idol), Jeffrey Steele, Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Kristine W, among others.

Carmel has contributed to a number of other recordings including the film "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers", and co-writing and performing two songs in the TV movie "Christmas at Water's Edge". She has appeared as a backing vocalist on shows such as American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, American Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, Much Music Awards, American Academy of Country Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Good Morning America, The View and many more.

Her voice can also be heard in national commercials and television including McDonald's, C.S.I., Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC Super Bowl, BET Jazz, Perrier, Iomega and Friedman's Jeweler's.

Carmel wrote, recorded, produced and released her self-titled 2010 debut album (EP) Carmel Helene. The line-up also includes drummer Gary Novak (Alanis Morissette, Robben Ford), bassist Melvin Davis (Chaka Khan, Lalah Hathaway), guitarist Chris Null (Dead Sara) and keyboardist Mike Schmid (Miley Cyrus).

In 2012, she spent most of the year on the road with French rocker Johnny Hallyday as a featured background vocalist for his European tour.

With Nashville on the horizon, Carmel is currently working on her 2013 sophomore release "Recordings from my kitchen".