Ancaster based Caroline Wiles was born and raised in Quebec where she began singing and playing guitar at the age of eleven. At eighteen she began performing professionally in a rock band on a full-time basis and then moved to the Toronto area to expand her musical possibilities.
Her passion and natural flair for songwriting was nurtured and honed as she spent many years studying the craft. Her songs received positive critique from writers John Capek, Jim Valance, Mike McCarty, Rik Emmett and Daniel Lanois.
Her writing style is described as pop and folk and she includes Joni Mitchell, Karen Carpenter and Heart among her influences.
Caroline’s first CD, Caroline Wiles, was recorded at Grant Avenue Studio in Hamilton in 2000 and was produced by world renowned, multi-award winning Producer, Bob Doidge. In 2006, she decided to continue with the winning formula of Bob Doidge and Grant Avenue Studio to release her sophomore album, I’d Like To Know.
Caroline has won awards for songs from both of these recordings including the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s Songs From the Heart (Humour category) Award Winner for her song “Little Boobs” along with Honourable Mentions for “Taken” (Billboard Award), “I Believe” (John Lennon Award) and for both “The Man That I Love” & “The One” (Unisong Award).
Caroline has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Ian Thomas, David Bradstreet, Tom Wilson, Blair Packham, Wendell Ferguson, Carter Lancaster (Gordon Lightfoot),Chantal Chamberland and Rick Fines. Her goal is to continue to hone her craft in songwriting and performing.
Caroline has just released her third studio album, Lovers Lane, with Grant Avenue Studio and Bob Doidge at the helm as Producer. A number of Hamilton musicians play on this album including Bob Doidge, Mike McCurlie, Danny Lockwood, Vince Rinaldo, Brenda Chisholm, Amy King, Larry Aul and Wendell Ferguson. Caroline's new CD was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards, for best female artist and best contemporary folk recording of the year. Lover's Lane was also nominated for 2 Music Industry Awards. CFMU"s Free Wheeling Folk Show chose her new CD to be in the top ten local recordings for 2016.
Caroline recently joined the trio "McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles" and performs regularly in the Hamilton area. www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com