Harlem, New York
Carmen first fell in love with the guitar while it was in the hands of her big brother, and her story began, when he passed it on to her. A self-taught artist, Carmen’s inspiration came mainly from listening to and playing along with the music of her favorite artists in her college dorm room.
During her years in college, Carmen’s summer months were spent at home in Lancaster, PA playing music with her brother and friends every day in their basement. Shortly after graduation, the Chiles duo and friends finally decided to start their own band, CCB (Carmen Chiles Band), and they began playing venues in the Philadelphia area.
Carmen moved to New York City shortly after forming CCB to pursue other work opportunities. With the rest of the Carmen Chiles Band based in Lancaster, PA, Carmen made the tough decision to branch out on her own and put down some musical roots in New York City.
Between rehearsing her new band and doing shows, Carmen began the final stretch of the recording process in Manhattan. Carmen co-produced and wrote all the music on her debut album, “SOULution.” ”SOULution” showcases Carmen on guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and organ, and also features collaborations with late, great blues guitarist Billy Perry ("Work It Out") and platinum recording artist Al Mac of TROOP ("Our Time").
Carmen soon found herself opening for industry giants such as the legendary Brian Wilson, Gym Class Heroes, Kansas, Foreigner, Keith Sweat, and Omarion.
Her debut album “SOULution” was released in August 2007, and within four months Carmen signed a licensing and distribution deal for the CD with Amplitude Records International. Carmen is currently an independent artist, recording her sophomore album in Harlem, NY. To date, Carmen has performed at numerous venues, both domestically and overseas.
“I feel that my journey and all the struggles and obstacles I’ve had to overcome in making ‘SOULution’ are really not that different than the struggles and obstacles we all deal with everyday. The key is to look deep within yourself for the answers.” ~Carmen Chiles