“I guess I’m a little eccentric, and I embrace it. I want to get people involved at my shows and interact with them. I want it to be more than just me playing music for 3 hours. I want the people that come out randomly to a venue I’m playing to stay because they enjoy the show. If you’re not having fun, then I’m certainly not either.”
Known for her deep, often sultry, and emotional voice Cara Cartney can move you with a classic crooning ballad or make you sing and dance while playing modern hip-hop, all the while making the songs innately “hers”.
You might have caught her performing at a local venue in Bucks or Philadelphia in the past 5 years. If you did, then you probably remember her.
“I guess I’m a little eccentric,” Cara says, “and I embrace it. I want to get people involved at my shows and interact with them. I want it to be more than just me playing music for 3 hours. I want the people that come out randomly to a venue I’m playing to stay because they enjoy the show. If you’re not having fun, then I’m certainly not either.”
Cara’s song list is eclectic as they come. Ranging from 1940’s-2000’s, Neil Young, The Beatles, to today’s top Pop and R&B jams.
“I love all music. I’ll play a Patsy Cline song and follow it with Beyoncé. Nirvana, then Rihanna. If you only like one genre of music, I hope you can enjoy at least one song on my set list. Hopefully I’ll have you leaving with some new songs in your head that you never thought you’d like.”
Cara plays at Broken Goblet Brewing in Bristol every first Friday of the month and it’s also one of her favorites.
“The Broken Goblet is such a great place,” Cara says. “The owners, the employees, and the customers are all amazing people. I have a blast there. It’s one of best spots around for craft beer and live music. If you haven’t been there yet you’re definitely missing out! I’m honored to be a part of their monthly schedule. I truly look forward to every first Friday.”
On top of playing shows of her own, Cara also hosts a few Open Mics in the area each week: every Wednesday at The Five Four Bar & Grill, and every Sunday at Sparky’s World Famous.
Cara’s friendly personality makes it easier to get up at one of her open mic nights if you’re dealing with a little stage fright. “I know how it feels,” Cara says. “I still go through it. It takes a lot to get up there especially if it’s the first time. I’ll always encourage you to get up at your own pace. You just gotta get over that first hump!”
Though Wednesday nights are fairly new, she’s been hosting Sunday nights at Sparky’s for 5 years and counting.
“Sunday is my favorite night of the week,” Cara says. “It’s a night where we can all relax, have fun, and just jam out. Even if you don’t get up on the mic it’s hard not to have a good time. So many great memories, music, and friendships I have Sparky’s to thank for. I’m happy to call it my Sunday night home.”
Though Cara usually plays solo, if you’re lucky, you can catch her teaming up with Michael Reinig from Da Buicks on the saxophone from time to time. The duo blends well together, playing anything from Peggy Lee to Drake and everything in between. “Mike is amazing. He can play the hell out of that sax. I can play anything with him and it sounds great. Lately I’ve been throwing a lot of R&B and hip-hop at him. He’s never heard half of these songs before but you would never know it!”
Cara continues to play throughout the area, currently booking for 2018.
“I’m so grateful to be where I’m at right now. To be able to do what I love and have other people enjoy it as well is such an incredible feeling. If you ever see me at a show I hope I make you laugh, I hope I entertain you, and I hope you dig the music!”