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A native of Ames, IA, Carol first began singing and performing at an early age in church. She studied piano and flute while in school and learned to play the guitar by ear. She graduated from ISU and worked for several years as a graphic designer. Eventually, she turned her attention back to music performing at coffeehouses, festivals, colleges, and art council series throughout the Midwest and Canada.
Carol has opened for or shared the stage with such folk music legends as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Paxton, Greg Brown, Jim Post, David Wilcox, John Gorka, John Stewart, Cliff Eberhardt, Larry Groce, as well as Three Dog Night. She was commissioned by Ballet Iowa to write music for the ballet known as “Swallows Return in the Spring”.
She has recorded four solo albums: Marigolds, White, Song for Carrie, and Swallows Return in the Spring, and two albums with the Christmas music trio known as Tribute: Silent Night and Simple Gifts.
Most recently, Carol performed at the 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony at the Des Moines, IA state capitol. Past performers at The World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony include such notables as Ray Charles, John Denver, and Simon Estes.
"Carol Montag is a genuine discovery! The best to come out of Iowa since Bonnie Koloc!" - Tom Paxton.
"Upon hearing her music I was stunned and couldn't wait to write about her. Once I even rented a bus and took bunch of Register reporters and editors on a trip across Iowa to hear Carol sing. Carol has a true gift! Powerful, beautiful, harmonic, soulful, real. I'd match her voice and ability to engage an audience with any female vocalist anywhere." - Julie Gammack, former Des Moines Register columnist
"Carol has the type of voice that fills one with wonder & awe. You could hear a pin drop!" - D. Olson
"A gifted songwriter with an angelic voice, yet down-to-earth delivery. She seems born to hold a guitar and beams when she plays one." Monie Hayes, The Hawk Eye