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At the age of seven Caroll started her music training playing the classical piano. After a while, it became apparent she had a talent both for music and mathematics, two passions she would combine all through her student years. During her studies she took private courses with top Belgian jazz performer David Linx and the famous American jazz singer Judy Niemack. During that time, Caroll also worked together with the great Peter Girth at the Staatstheater of Darmstadt (Germany) where she wrote a dissertation on 'Artistic freedom or financial waste within the Performing Arts'.

After completing her engineering studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1994, Caroll was determined to go forward and continue in her ambition as a musician.
She enrolled at the music conservatory of Ghent, where she finished her candidature years and prepared for her entry-examination at the famous London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Artistic excellence and high quality performance lie at the heart of the Guildhall School's success and only a limited number of international students are accepted. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall where she graduated magna cum laude in 1998. During that time she worked together with the great Iranian conductor/composer Alexander Rahbari, who was leading the Belgian Philharmonic Orchestra
of the National television broadcasting network at that time.
Meanwhile, in 1996, while studying at the conservatory, she sang the role of Lauretta for the CD-release of the musical EXTASY which was written and produced by Alexander Rahbari. This CD was released in 1999 under the "Discover of Koch International" label.
In 1997 Caroll participates at a TV music contest where she reached the finales with the song Calling You from the beautiful movie Bagdad Cafe.
From September 1998 till September 1999, she was the fix singer for the Panasonic Technics keyboard demonstrations, with pianist Piet Meersschaut.
Furthermore, she's lead singer on jazz and pop gigs in Belgium and abroad, big bands, gigs for service clubs like Lions and Rotary, Christmas- and musical concerts, weddings and receptions, backing vocals, fancy fairs, etc... and she teaches singing and music in some private schools (Clavissimo and Ozma).

In January 1999 she creates the cover-group "O-position" with 7 professional jazz musicians, where she's the lead voice and plays the second keyboard. Together with this band, she performed on several music festivals and private parties.
In September 1999 a first single is released : a cover of the TLC song No Scrubs edited by North West featuring Caroll
under the label ARS.

In February 2000 she participates again at a TV music contest where she reaches the semi-finals with a reggae version of the song Memory from the musical Cats.
In 2001-2002 as being a member of the group Mezcal with band leader Luiz Marquez, she experiments with ethnical, Mexican music, and bolero and she is the featured singer on their 2 cd's.
As Caroll gave birth to a little boy and a little girl during 2002 - 2005, she decides to take a rest for a while and starts writing her own songs and lyrics.
In 2006 she also participated at the project LaFrench.
In the mean while she recorded some backing vocals on Enrique Tarde’s new album and in 2008 she started a creative jazz duo project with the great Thailand-based jazz piano player Tars Lootens.
In 2007 she went on a 10-day tour to China (Beijing) with fantastic musicians! They played in great places as the Beijing Jazz Club, the Conservatory of Beijing, the Embassy of the Netherlands and many other places.

In 2006 she started to write songs for her new album Colours and wanted to mix all the influences she had into one CD. There are some fantastic musicians playing on " colours' "  like Mike Roelofs, Ron van Stratum, Frank Peeters, Sam Vloemans en Henk de Laat. The cd
2008: release of debut solo full album, Colours’. In her debut solo album singer-songwriter Caroll Vanwelden brings a mix of all influences she encountered in her career as a singer. You strongly feel her passion for Jazz, Latin and Soul, melted with a dash of pop. Some songs are easy listening; others bring you to the dance floor. Her very distinctive style and her perfectionism made it long to go for a solo album.
Critic Albert Healemeersch: "Colours’ is a powerful debut of a great singer-composer. A must in your collection!"

As jazz has always been her first love, Caroll Vanwelden recorded at her home studio a collection of exquisite standards for
an easy listening compilation of her all-time favourites, which resulted in the new swing jazz album ‘Cheek to Cheek’. Critic Albert Healemeersch: No horns, no violins, just that sober sound that reminds of the real cosy jazz clubs. With some of her friends and top musicians – Dirk Van Der Linden on guitar, Janos Bruneel on double bass, and Stijn Wauters on the piano – vocalist Caroll Vanwelden succeeded in recreating that lovely 1920-30’s sound with just the right retro touch and lots of great swinging moments. As a vocalist Caroll was really made to bring that good old jazzy style.

In March 2010 she performs on the gala of the Belgium-Indian Economic Mission in Mumbaï (India) headed by H.R.H. Prince Philippe of Belgium.

In January 2011 Caroll moves with her family to Germany where she starts composing for her new challenging project: putting music on 16 Shakespeare Sonnets. She finished the writing in December 2011 and recorded her new album "Caroll Vanwelden Sings Shakespeare Sonnets" in April 2012. Caroll sings the sonnets and in the mean time plays the piano and together with her musicians Thomas Siffling (tr,flughelh), Mini Schulz (double bass) and Markus Faller (dr,perc), she brings you in the different atmospheres and sound colours of Shakespeare's wonderful world.
With this album she propels the great Shakespeare unexpectedly into the world of big jazz librettists and interprets his lyrics into contemporary music in wonderful arrangements.
The new album "Caroll Vanwelden Sings Shakespeare Sonnets" was released in October 2012 at the Enjoy Jazz Festival in Mannheim, Germany under the label Jazz 'N' Arts.

Critic Thomas Hintze (Stereo, Dezember 2012): "Hier handelt es sich um ein Album, welches das Zeug hat, zur CD des Jahres gewählt zu werden."
All other reviews are all listed on the page of the recordings.
Critic Concerto (Austria) by Gerhard Strejcek 5/2012 8.10.2012
"Hier wird große Kunst auf Augenhöhe mit Norma Winstone, Diana Krall oder Randy Crawford geboten."

As sequel on her album Cheek to Cheek, with Songs of the '30s, Caroll comes out with DON'T EXPLAIN in dec 2013, with songs of the '40s, where she gives a renewed face to evergreens from the past and brings those unforgettable songs to a level where she, for a short time carries us back to the era of Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald.
Critic Albert Healemeersch: This year, she’s back again with her new album 'DON’T EXPLAIN' with her favorite songs of the ‘40s, featuring refreshing and colorful arrangements. Listening to her outstanding, unique and warm voice, you quickly come to the conclusion, that all the ingredients are there again to turn this 'new adventure' into another hit.
The openers 'All or nothing at all’ and ‘Don’t explain’ put you immediately in the right mood and atmosphere. Even the duet-song ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ keeps the listener in suspense until the last chord. Together with her wonderful band, Thomas Stabenow on double bass, Daniel Prandl at the piano and Bernhard Sperrfechter on guitars, Caroll Vanwelden takes us seamlessly back in time to the top years of the good old cozy jazz clubs.
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DON'T EXPLAIN' is an amazing, powerful, emotional and vivacious album with fourteen tracks presented in a very minimalistic line-up; an album that catches your attention from the beginning to end .
PRESS Don't Explain:
* "Don't explain" is far from any nostalgy, it leads you to a new discovery of these great jazz songs. (Stereo, Febr 2014)
5/5 stars & AudioHighlight of the Month for Stereo Magazine
* 5/5 stars for Music & Sound (Fono Forum, Febr 2014)
* "It's very refreshing listening to this record; Excellent taste, a lot of musicality and an amazing voice quality: it's all there. An Album to be proud of ! "(Marc Van de Walle, Jazzmozaïek Marsch 2014)

In oktober 2014: Curtain raised - Presenting Shakespeare Reloaded!

Two years ago, newly discovered in Germany, the outstanding Belgian singer Caroll Vanwelden catapulted herself into the limelight amid much celebration and acclaim.  “As a singer, pianist and perhaps most importantly as a composer she shows both original and new ways to entrance music lovers ”, enthused Mauretta Heinzelmann, “Transposing Shakespeare with minimal repetition while at the same time using complicated time changes”, the exceptional CD released in 2012 was chosen as “Album caroll_itunes.jpgof the week” by the North German broadcasting company (NDR). Not less impressed was Thomas Hintze of Stereo, who saw in “Caroll Vanwelden Sings Shakespeare Sonnets” a project that “had the potency to be CD of the year”. As a result Stereo awarded it the commendation of "CD and Audiophile Highlight of the Month". So it's obvious that the chapter between Shakespeare and Vanwelden's not closed yet. With “Caroll Vanwelden Sings Shakespeare Sonnets 2” the graduate of the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama presents an emotional, rich and lively collection from her “seemingly endless supply of creativity.” (NDR) Together with her congenial musicians: Thomas Siffling, whose elegant melodies on the trumpet and flugelhorn intertwine with Caroll’s expressive and emotionally charged voice, fellow musician Mini Schulz, smoothly stroking or groovy plucking on the contrabass for added texture, and new band member Rodrigo Villalon accenting the flexible rhythms with the drums and various percussion instruments, Caroll Vanwelden has once again produced a rich tapestry for jazz lovers around the world.
PRESS Sings Shakespeare Sonnets 2:
Stereo Magazine by Thomas Hintze 12/2014 "Audiophiles Highlight des Monats" und 5 sterne Klang und Musik
Kulturport.de Magazin Kunst Kultur
Kurier 5.12.2014
Review WAZ pre-release concert in Gelsenkirchen 18.9.2014
Fono Forum by Thomas Hintze 12/2014 5 Sterne Klang und Musik
NRWJazz.net
BIT Magazine by Jacques Ziegler 28.10.2012
Theatergeist Shakespeare Festival Neuss Uraufführung 12.9. 2014
West Deutsche Zeitung
Neuss Zeitung
Press Hongarije Guylai Hirlap
Press Hongarije Prae

Concerto
Music Zoom (Italy)
HighResMac Review by Tom Semmler
Ohrenschmauch kw 47

Musicians she played with or still plays with: Thomas Siffling, Mini Schulz, Markus Faller, Obi Meinhard Jenne, Rodrigo Villalon, Phill Pesket (Molokko), Victoria Freestone, Jez Franks, Rob Mullarky (Seven), Johan Sabbe, Dirk Van der Linden , Henk de Laat (Enrique Tarde), Jean Van Lindt (The Swing Dealers), Vincent Mardens (The Swing Dealers), Tars Lootens, Piet Meerschaut, Chris Mentens, Swa Mercelis, Johan Joris, Lieven Cambré, Stijn Deldaele, Mike Roelofs, Ron van Stratum, Frank Peeters, Sam Vloemans, Luiz Marquez, Dominique Vantomme (Axelle Red), Geert Roelofs, Peter Hermesdorf, Marc Huynen, Rogier Van Wegberg, Arie Storm, Jan Mües, Mario Vermandel, Luc Van den Bossche,  Stijn Wauters, Janos Bruneel, Hans Van Oost, Andrew Cleyndert, Jan De Haas, Tom Mahieu,... and many more......