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
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
on the Wind was
included on the ABC's "Australia All Over" album "Well I Love
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
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
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
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
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