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Of all the Grey's Anatomy featured singer-songwriters, Carey Ott is perhaps the hardest to classify. He's recorded extensively in the Rock, Pop, Folk and Americana idioms, often all in the same album; he is also comfortable with Blues, Gospel and R&B, as is shown in his newest album, aptly named MUDDYWATER. It's perhaps most accurate to label him as a "soul" singer in terms of emotion, rather than form.
Like say, Van Morrison or Nina Simone, Ott is an eclectic who brings soulful qualities to whatever music he inhabits. These qualities are among his strongest virtues; paradoxically, they may have also kept him from attaining a mass audience. Ott is fine with that. "I always have to remind myself, and my ego, that the whole reason I started doing music was the inherent value in making it. It's not about anything for me except the pure pleasure of creating and performing music. If anybody likes it, then that's a nice bonus. Okay, that's kinda bullshit. I actually really, really want you to love it as much as I do. Lol."
Born and raised in a small town called Ottawa in Northern Illinois, Carey moved to Chicago at eighteen and played all over the U.S. touring with his rock band, Torben Floor. Ott moved from Chicago to Nashville in 2005, and currently runs and operates his own studio in Music City called VELVET SHORELINE. Carey also continues to score films, tv, video games, bar fights, burn downs and bang-ups all over the greater Nashville area. He likes to play shows at the Bluebird Cafe and drink coffee at Fido. Look him up when you're in town.
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