Carol Kay is a multi-talented, Canadian born composer, singer, songwriter, producer, and instrumentalist. Only 24-years-old, she has already written over 160 pieces of music including original songs, jingles, film scores, commercials, and instrumentals. Being prolific is one of the most important qualities to Carol, which is why she writes and produces music everyday.
Coming from a Lebanese background, Carol grew up listening to her father play Oud. Being exposed to Middle Eastern music at a young age helped develop an innate tenderness and passion towards world music.
Music always came natural to Carol. She grew up entertaining her family by singing, dancing, and playing her own compositions on the piano. She began writing her first string of melodies and songs for her brothers' garage band at the age of 9. By 16 she began to develop a deeper interest in recording her improvisations, although not having the budget to record at a professional studio proved to be a great blessing. She took it upon herself to learn the art of recording and, soon enough, the audio engineering seed was planted. She now has a complete, industry standard recording studio that she has built over time.
She graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2006 with a certificate in piano and continued her bachelor's education at York University, one of Toronto's most prestigious music programs. She focused on world music and composition and completed her BFA in 2010. Carol has scored many short films, performed, been featured in various articles and radio stations, and has released albums of her own. In 2009 she wrote a Middle Eastern score for a foreign student production that won an Honorable Mention award at the York University Cinesiege Awards. She is currently working on her master's degree in Film Composition at the UNC School of the Arts School of Filmmaking under Hollywood film composer David McHugh.
From one line melodies, messy piano improviations, organized instrumentals, film scores to songs, Carol's musical evolution has come a long way since she started as a child. Still much to learn, she strives to tackle as many projects as possible. Music is the one thing that continues to keep her smiling. Nothing else will do!