In the music world, Carly Gibson is what you would call a triple threat: she not only composes soulful and sophisticated music, she also sings beautifully and plays a mean acoustic guitar. In addition, she has developed a substantial reputation for her skill on electric guitar and has performed numerous times as lead guitarist with Caroline Aiken. Carly may be young but she sports an old soul; her dedication to her art is readily apparent in her performance.
Carly picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and has rarely put it down. She auditioned for and was accepted into the guitar (2009) and the singer/songwriter (2010) programs at the GRAMMY Foundation’s prestigious GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, designed to allow talented young artists the opportunity to work, learn and play with the music industry’s top professionals (Rickey Minor, Lamont Dozier, Colbie Caillat and Darrell Brown, to name a few), as well as to study the music business from the inside. Carly’s music resonates with the flavors that reflect her own diverse musical tastes and influences. Rock, jazz, folk, blues, Americana, bluegrass and funk all find their place in her repertoire. She counts among her influences such songwriters as Caroline Aiken, Paula Cole, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos, as well as guitarists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young and Michael Hedges.
Carly has studied guitar with Dominic DeSantis, Doug Russell, and Tim Bowen. Her vocal instructors have included Vallery Barbin (Noma Falta), Carol McCurdy, and Diane Durrett, and she has participated in a master class with vocal coach to the stars, Jan Smith. In addition, Carly has had the opportunity to study the art of performance with the incomparable Caroline Aiken. Carly has performed at the Athens Human Rights Festival, ATHFEST, The Crimson Moon, the North Georgia Folk Festival, The Melting Point, Pepperland Farm’s Full Moon Ball, the Cox Capitol Theatre, the El Ray Theater in LA, the Northern Rockies Folk Festival, the Sautee Nacoochee Center, and at the renowned venue, Eddie’s Attic. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with notable artists such as Jeff Sipe (Phil Lesh & Friends, Aquarium Rescue Unit), EG Kight, Caroline Aiken, Richie Jones, Ralph Roddenbery, Chris Hicks (Marshall Tucker Band), Randall Bramblett, Geoff Achison, harmonica wizard Steve Baker, Diane Durrett and Donna Hopkins. Carly has opened for Caroline Aiken, Donna Hopkins, Diane Durrett, Ralph Roddenbery, Geoff Achison, Tommy Talton, and Randall Bramblett.
Carly’s 2010 debut EP, Heavy Water, is available through her website at carlygibson.net. The album was recorded and produced by Greg Robert (formerly of the rock band Kansas). She is studying guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music and teaches private guitar lessons at Ragamuffin Music. Carly is a member of acoustic roots duo, Gibson Wilbanks.