Carmel Charlton

Performer, Songwriter, Musician, Folk, Country, Gospel and Instrumental






Carmel Charlton grew up on a farm at Yorkrakine in the Central Wheatbelt of W.A.  She has never been in any doubt where her talents lie and music has played a major role in every aspect of her life.

Carmel has built a reputation for her crystal clear voice, guitar and piano expertise and for her warm and interactive performances.  She entertains extensively - everything from community events, folk clubs festivals to  playing at school shows.

One of Carmel's songs Whispers on the Wind was included on the ABC's "Australia All Over" album "Well I Love It".  A video clip of the song Horses Coming Home was shown on ABC TV on Anzac Day.  Her songs are mainly about people and places and she is both fascinated and inspired by the unique heritage that we share in Australia.  She also writes material for children and songs with a Christian message and often shares her gift of music with her church community.  

Songs of the West, an earlier album still receives frequent airplay and is much requested at  shows.  It is a favourite with travellers when driving throughout Western Australia - listen to Beautiful Denmark and many have been sent overseas to remind expatriates of home. 

 ‘Out of This World’ is a music resource that Carmel produced for primary school children.  All the songs   relate to the Australian curriculum.  There are suggestions for use, actions and discussion points for classroom teachers. Singing songs helps children to retain information about the topics presented. 

Westcoast Songfest takes place once a year at Joondalup Arena.  3700 students from 70 schools took part in 2015.  Carmel's songs are often performed and include Goodbye Beethoven, Up Down South and If you Can't beat 'em join 'em.

Carmel is regularly commissioned to compose school songs and special events. Listen to "We Are Family" St Kieran Catholic Primary School Song that she composed.   She believes that children need opportunities to be involved with making music, particularly with singing and telling stories through song.

In Nov 2010 Carmel' song 'Calling My Name' reached the final on the Australian Songwriter's Assn Contest.

In Nov 06 Carmel's song 'Spirit of Mokare' reached the finals in the folk category of the MusicOz Awards.  It is the largest songwriting competition in Australia for unsigned artists.

Carmel runs Jackadder’s Music Club in Woodlands.  It promotes ‘live’ acoustic music, fosters local talent and often has visiting guest performers. Carmel and her husband Eric organize an annual Gospel Concert that features top gospel performers.

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