Twelve-year-old country singer Carly Lancaster, who goes by the stage name of Carly Brooke and sang at two of our cruise-ins last year, has been busier than a bee. The best way to provide an update on her career is to let you know what she’s been up to since November.
Carly, a four-time winner of the junior vocal solo contest for girls at the Marion County Fair, closed out last year by singing three Christmas songs at the WIBC Salvation Army Radiothon at Sullivan’s Hardware near Broad Ripple. Carly remarked that she enjoyed helping to raise money for the less fortunate.
“It's important for me as her mother to teach her to share her gift of talent with others and to always remember where she came from,” said Stacey Lancaster.
Carly was part of this year’s 500 Festival Mini-Marathon as she was among the entertainers who were stationed along the 13.1-mile route. It was an early day for her as she and her equipment were en route to the Westside by 5:30 a.m.; she did a sound check before 6:30 a.m. It was a fun but cold day, and her hands were freezing when she played the guitar, she recalled. Her day started when she began to pack her equipment at 5 a.m.
A seventh-grader at St. Jude Catholic School, she sang at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life events in Fishers, Avon and Beech Grove.
She made her first appearance at Opry Mills Mall in Nashville, Tenn., on June 6, which was during the Country Music Association’s Fest Week, and will sing there again Saturday before taking the stage at Honky Tonk Central and Rippy’s Bar & Grille. She also sang at Tootsies during the fest.
Carly has sung on KORN Country Radio’s Thursday morning jam session and remarked that she loved singing on the radio. Because some of her fans couldn’t pick up the Franklin station’s signal on their home stereos, they resorted to listening to their car radios.
She continues to perform monthly at Teddy’s Burger Joint and sang the national anthem before Beech Grove’s Fourth of July fireworks show at Sarah T. Bolton Park. She also appeared at the Marion County Fair, where she was a “performer” and not a contestant.
Carly was somewhat surprised when taking first-place honors in the talent contest at CarmelFest. She and her mom were not sure how taking country to Carmel would go, but Carly was well-received during auditions. Both agreed that it was an awesome event to be a part of, especially since it carried a nice monetary prize.
Upcoming performances will be at the Beech Grove Fall Festival, Holy Name’s Oktoberfest and Franklin’s Fall Festival.
“It's amazing to watch her talent grow from year to year,” said Stacey, “not only vocally but playing her guitar.”
Her family also includes her dad, Colin Lancaster, and brothers Cole and Clay.
Carly, whose website is carlybrookemusic.com, recently finished writing her first song and looks forward to penning many more.