Award-winning country/pop star Eileen Carey opens for Don McLean at Saban Theatre Sat., Mar. 23

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By Clint Lohr

The Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills is an Art Deco-style venue where many renowned performers appear, and on Saturday, March 23 at 7pm, country/pop singer Eileen Carey, who has just been dubbed New Music Weekly’s Breakthrough Adult Contemporary Artist of 2019, joins that list, opening for singer-songwriter Don McLean.

In 2016, Carey was named the Independent Radio Networks “Crossover Artist,” followed by a string of wins at the Los Angeles Music Awards, where she was crowned “Female Country Artist,” and the 2017 “Live Country Music Performer.” New Music Weekly voted Carey its 2018 “Breakthrough Country Artist,” and she received the 2018 Producers Choice Honors for “Female Solo Country Artist of the Year,” a prestigious event held at the Hard Rock Live in Las Vegas.

Carey, who hails from Cleveland, Ohio has lived in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years and is grateful for all the support she gets from her fans, and especially from her husband and two daughters. She has performed at many venues including The Rose in Pasadena and returns there on Thursday, April 18, opening for blues guitarist Albert Lee.

Fans can also see YouTube videos of Carey singing her hits “That Town,” “Good Bad Girl,” “Anything that Reminds Me of You,” and more. In May, she says she will have a new single release, “Meet Me Halfway.”

Before her musical career, Carey worked for the Holiday Inn in the Beverage Department. “I was always singing in Ohio, she recalls, “I transferred out here with Sheraton, and worked my way up to Assistant Beverage Director, which included marketing, running the bar and restaurant and hiring the entertainment. It allowed me the opportunity to see and hear all kinds of music acts, and realized I could sing professionally myself.”

Eventually she made her way into the entertainment industry. “I found myself in a number of films, Batman, Basic Instinct. I was the attorney in a Ray Charles Super Bowl Diet Pepsi commercial. I did some other film and television acting, but when I got onstage, it was like ‘wow. I am all in!’”

Carey explained the concept of her upcoming single. It’s in response to people who say: It’s my way or the highway. “I went to my producer to write it, and we wrote it with the idea that anything you do, let’s try to meet in the middle.” Her Nashville-based producer is Travis Allen.

She still travels to Nashville to record and sing at Rippy’s, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Honky-Tonk Central. “A Nashville country radio promoter named Gene Kennedy came to me and said that he could get airplay with the original version of ‘That Town’ on country radio. He did, and I’ve never looked back,” she said, which is how she entered the country music genre. “I’ll be heading to Nashville again in May to record and do radio shows,” she says.

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