by Amanda Halkiotis
|A former Broadway performer, Carrie Manolakos is a singer/songwriter living in New York City.|
|While on tour with Wicked, Carrie used the spare time to teach herself guitar, practice piano and write songs.|
Carrie returned to New York and in August, 2010, she debuted live at Joe’s Pub. “That’s where it all started,” she said. She continued to play throughout NYC for the next 18 months or so. Then on April 2, 2012, she held a release party and performance for her album, Echo, at Le Poisson Rouge. “It was super fun. The place was packed."
|Carrie's performance of Radiohead's "Creep"at Le Poisson Rouge went viral in just days.|
And what about closing the show with that “Creep” cover? “I realized it was a special moment as soon as it was happening. We only rehearsed the song two or three times before performing it --- my heart was exploding. I was finally seeing myself as an artist or a person creating something.”
Without any PR outsourcing, the clip went viral in a matter of days. “I put it on Facebook --- it organically exploded on its own. It got 12,000 views in a week and by now the video is well over a million.” Several media outlets have since picked up the live performance, including Gawker, calling Carrie’s performance an "eargasm," the Huffington Post, msn.com, and Entertainment Weekly, which includes Carrie in its list of “Top 12 Radiohead covers.”
|Carrie's show at the Rockwood Music Hall was essentially sold out in November.|
“After the ‘Creep’ cover, a lot of doors opened for me. People kind of know who I am. They say, 'You’re the girl form the ‘Creep’ video.'” This bit of Radiohead fame has helped the Indie rocker book more shows --- at the end of November, she played to a packed house at Rockwood Music Hall. Not to mention, she began 2013 with a bang, singing with Phish to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve.