About Carey

Carey Colvin

When David Crosby (CSNY) first heard Wammie™ Award winner Carey Colvin, he said, “Definitely give up your day job!" With a strong passion for music, she has been described as a songwriter with an intelligent approach to her lyrics. Carey’s debut CD, The Distance Wall, won the Wammie™ Award for Debut Recording of the Year.  She has been a featured performer on stages including Writer's Night at The Bluebird Cafe, The  Birchmere opening for CPR (Crosby, Pevar, and Raymond), the Cellar Door Stage opening for Styx and Pat Benatar at Jiffy Lube Live Pavilion, the Gibson Showroom at The Hit Factory (taped for Good Morning America), and The Kennedy Center. She’s been a Featured Artist on radio stations across the U.S. and Europe, including NPR’s Car Talk

Carey, the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot, has spent her life traveling both in the U.S. and overseas.  Every home in which they lived was filled with music as her family sang together to the sound of her father’s guitar or her mother’s piano, or sang in cars, trains, and planes as they moved from base to base.  She continues to raise eyebrows at stop lights as she carries on the family tradition of singing in her car.

Carey – a lover of harmony – performs in a duo format with her husband and music partner Granger Helvey, a noted musician in his own right. She is also available for performances in a solo or full band format.


Summer BarrowOn a personal note, Carey's eldest daughter, Summer Barrow, 32, passed away unexpectedly on January 7, 2020 from a fentanyl overdose. Carey found her five days later. Carey contacted her local representative, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, to advocate for better information for families whose loved ones have died from drug overdoses. Through this meeting and through a touch of serendipty, Summer's memory was honored by Ms. Spanberger who sponsored bipartisan legislation that created the Summer Barrow Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery Act. This legislation is designed to combat addiction and reauthorizes $900 million for critical substance use disorder programs. The bill was signed into law by President Biden in December of 2022. You can watch Carey speak about her daughter during the press conference on Capitol Hill announcing the legislation by clicking here. Sometimes tragedy brings hope for others.


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