Biography

 

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Carly Blackman is an Irish born singer-songwriter who has spent a large part of her existence living in France. She has been composing on the piano since she was 5 years old and first picked up her father’s classical guitar at university. Whilst studying in Paris, she started recording live demos with guitarist friends and took up Jazz theory and vocal improvisation. It was then that she decided to create the persona of “Carly Sings”, inspired by Chet Baker's album "Chet Baker Sings", French yeye singers, and American artist Bright Eyes. 

“The Glove Thief”, her debut album was received with critical acclaim for its catchy melodies and unusual literary lyric writing. She became known for her crystalline vocals and sixties jazz chords. After its release, Carly continued to perform and tour with other international acts in Ireland, France, the UK and East Coast US, making many special live, radio, TV, and festival appearances. Her next recording session would be an acoustic album made in Damien Rice's home studio. 

Carly moved back to Paris in 2012, to pursue various musical collaborations with French arrangers and pop groups (Jean Claude Vannier, Syd Matters and Nouvelle Vague). She met British songwriter Richard Walters with whom she sang and co-wrote several songs. She performed as a guest with many different artists and projects from folk to pop to electronica, often lending her voice and music to TV and Film soundtracks. After the success of her home-made music videos on music television, she embarked on a career in the cinema, working as a film director, screenwriter, composer and director of photography.