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Who would be crazy enough to jump into the sea of musicians, performers, and critics alike with a new instrument and new sound based upon that instrument? Well, when Carlín searched out a new feel for his songwriting, he did just that. The result was a style of Pop R&B that will last throughout the ages as he plays the guitar on his new EP, Forever. Only Carlín can take any instrument or song and give it his signature personality and once you are introduced, you will never forget him. The world took notice when Carlín co-produced the flagship and title song for MTV’s Take A Stand, Stop The Violence Campaign of 1999, helping the campaign’s album to win an EMMY® Award for its efforts to spread awareness for bullying and violence. Now it is your chance to experience the signature sound that’s giving ear-gasms at every turn.
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, this multi-talented musician says he “…always includes ‘the impossible’ as a game plan; there is no other way to do life.” Carlín always knew music would also be a major part of that plan, being raised by two parents whose respective family members all played instruments and sang. They loved music and began educating Carlín in its expression when he was only five years old. For years, Carlín used his appointment to play the organ and piano for church to study the relief people received by their expression through music. As mom preached, dad arranged for the choir and Carlín steadily took piano lessons with a purpose of finding out how to embody feeling with only a sound. In addition to the piano, Carlín took up interest in songwriting, recording and mixing techniques at an early age, creating in himself the ability to write lyrics, orchestrate music around them, and record it as the process was done. Carlin says, “Not having anyone around with a particular ability is not an excuse for not having anyone around to learn about it…not when getting it done is your goal.” So in that mindset, little Carlin Randolph followed his mom to Costco one day to purchase cassette tapes for her karaoke machine and Carlín, the artist was born.
Today his talents are spread across the musical field in such roles as producer, composer, pianist, songwriter and vocalist. Carlin has performed and worked with several artists such as Angie Stone, Chico DeBarge, Joe, Case, Cassandra Wilson, and BeBe Winans, lending his skills and passion to the art of making music from unfinished musical projects. His talents as a pianist, organist, drummer, and trumpeter can also be heard in his compositions of children songs, gospel music, jazz, pop, R&B and classical pieces. Any artist who has worked with Carlín finds his expressive performances, creative energy and talents to be exciting and one of a kind. However with all of his industry work, Carlín sees the time he gives to the New York City School System as the most rewarding, professionally creating and developing neighborhood talent showcases, providing piano, drum, violin, and voice training for inner city youth.
When actor/songwriter, Bo Cleary heard Carlín’s recording of his song Back Where I Belong for the motion picture soundtrack of "Southie" starring Donnie Walberg in 2001, he said, “That’s the way it was supposed to be done.” In 2009, Carlín returned to scoring commercials and writing jingles for nationally known companies. At that time, he also returned to producing Pop music after honing his musical abilities for the prior ten years including studies at Hofstra University in New York. Those who hear Carlín’s work are quickly affected by the clean crisp emotions put into every lyric.
Carlín’s music is said to resemble that of Brian McKnight, John Legend, Maxwell, and Musiq but some of his earliest influences and inspirations include Sting, Aerosmith, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend, R. Kelly, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, John Coltrane, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Thelonious Monk, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Hendrix, and Miles Davis. While taking years to dissect the compositions of these great musicians, Carlín has taken meticulous care in becoming the exceptional musician, songwriter, producer, and singer he is today. It is with this precision that Carlín credits being able to customize music in any genre for almost any artist.
The most important project to which, Carlín has lent his voice, production, instrumentation, and artistic direction is his soon to be released EP, Forever. This is Carlín’s first solo project that features only his voice. Carlín originally wrote the six tracks for various other artists. However while being recorded, the songs begged to be sung by that voice from Brooklyn, which expresses desire, lust, love, and passion in every breath.
As a singer and songwriter, Carlin has taken the last twenty years to hone the craft of creating music. Carlin is a Brooklyn native who brings to you in every song, an audio expression of desire, lust, love, passion, life, and the urgency of experiencing it all. The methodology of a classically trained vocalist, pianist, guitarist, and trumpeter couples with the intensity of a Brooklyn boy to create the unmistakable taste of Carlin’s music.