Caroline Joy

Classical singer and composer

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Classical/operatic soprano and composer offering remote session singing, composition and arranging. I can perform either a piece you have written yourself, working either from sheet music or sound file, or I can compose melodies and harmonies if you have an idea you'd like me to work with. I'm also happy improvising/ad-libbing.

I am a classical singer who has performed in operas, oratorios and choral works in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cadogan Hall and live in performance on BBC Radio 3. I am an experienced session singer as well, having recorded in venues including Abbey Road Studios and Maida Vale Studios for groups including the BBC Singers, London Voices and RSVP Voices.

My voice type is a soprano, although I have a wide range (F3 to D6) and can sing well at lower pitches too. I have sung in many languages including English, Italian, French, German and Spanish and am happy to write a melody or harmonies for you if required. I can also sing in a lighter style for ballads, folk, musical theatre, ambient and easy listening.

I trained in composition at Durham University, so as well as singing I offer music writing and transcription services. I have written vocal arrangements for many clients, including film and TV composers, classical musicians and for songs in many genres ranging from classical crossover to RnB and heavy metal!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

67 Reviews - 15 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by MortalOnTheBeat
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    Working with Caroline was a pure pleasure, she perfectly understood my needs and performed vocals even better than I had imagined.
    In fact, I had a busy evening, but after the first time I heard the recorded vocals, I spent the whole evening listening to them over and over :)

    Additionally, communication was very businesslike and quick in response. I would definitely highly recommend working with Caroline in the future!

  2. Review by Simon O.
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    she has a great voice as for a classic singer as well as a crossover! I am so glad to have found another precious voice in Soundbetter!!!! our collaboration will continue!!!

  3. Review by Simon Oh
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    Caroline is one of the two whom i marked heart sign as my favorites in sound better. Her voice sounds like that of heaven. I even feel I am cleansed by her voice. There are no exact words to express the power and divinity she has brought to song. Our collaboration will continue!!!

  4. Review by Jean-Claude A.
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    Caroline Joy is a singer like none other. Her vocals are smooth, yet can be extremely powerful when needed. Her harmony is pitch (and picture) perfect. Caroline is like a super-hero to me. I am always in awe at how magnificently she performs on songs. She has made my song a true work of art.

  5. Review by Jean-Miles C.
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    Caroline's voice is very nuanced and impressive and she did a great job with my piece. I would thoroughly recommend her as a soprano on any project you are working on!

  6. Review by Dylan B.
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    Quick and perfect delivery - amazing voice!
    Would love to work with Caroline again! :)

  7. Review by Aidan C.
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    This is my second song arrangement with Caroline and I'm so pleased with the end result.
    Caroline has an excellent ear for incorporating elements of classical music into pop and alternative music.
    I'll definitely be back for a third song!

  8. Review by Mehis K.
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    Always a pleasure to work with Caroline. She have always very creative approach to the project but in the other-hand, she understands Your vision. Very grateful for everything, thank You.

  9. Review by Aidan C.
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    Caroline made an arrangement for one of my songs that included horns, strings, harp and piano. It was beautiful and exactly what I was looking for! I have already organised to have Caroline make another arrangement!
    I recommend her work to anyone looking for a good string or orchestral arrangement.

  10. Review by Jean-Claude A.
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    Caroline is phenomenal! She is a godsend! She took a very special song that I wrote and made it 10 times better than I ever thought it could be. The song is intense and lovely at the same time. I'm almost at a loss for words, which rarely happens with me. Caroline is such a talented professional and I absolutely cannot wait to work with her again!

  11. Review by Aidan C.
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    Caroline's vocals are beautiful! Well recorded and well performed. I'm really pleased with the end result and I look forward to working with her again on future projects!

  12. Review by Evan K.
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    Incredibly helpful with the level of detail I required and worked great to my feedback very very promptly. A1!

  13. Review by Jeremy T.
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    Caroline revisited an old song of mine due to a necessary change in the lyrics. Not only did she encapsulate the character in no time at all, she improved on a performance I thought was perfect the last time. Can't be faulted!

  14. Review by Jean-Claude A.
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    An absolutely wonderful and mind-blowing experience!!! Caroline took my vision and made it come to life. The quality and high standards that Caroline uses is very impressive. She has a keen sense for attention to detail. She is so talented that it is really difficult to fully put into words. Her voice is powerful and captivating and on top of that, she is very nice, very knowledgeable, and super-easy to work with. I look forward to working with Caroline again. I highly recommend her services!

  15. Review by Jeremy T.
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    A phenomenal recording by Caroline. Her superlative voice breathed life into a difficult, emotional song. Beyond 5 stars.

  16. Review by Jeremy T.
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    Another great recording from Caroline! She breathed life into a difficult comic song; a wonderful combination of her singing and acting talents!

  17. Review by Mehis K.
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    She is very easy to work with. She understands what you need and it will be delivered as it should and much better!!
    I am very thankful!

  18. Review by david k.
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    Caroline was a delight to work with, nailed the brief and any additional requests always with a smile (albeit virtually!) Thanks Caroline!

  19. Review by Trey P.
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    Quick, professional, and nailed it on the second try.

  20. Review by Mehis K.
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    She is a professional and great singer, who delivers more than you can expect. Just superb, thank You!

Interview with Caroline Joy

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful musicians over the years so it's hard to narrow it down! I've had amazing experiences performing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall, working with conductors like Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Andrew Davies and Paul Daniel. While I still love performing live, more recently I've enjoyed learning how to record and produce my own music and so when opportunity arose to work with Autumn Tears on their March 2021 release, "The Glow of Desperation", I was thrilled to be involved as I was given the chance to have some of my own songs feature on the album. This has inspired me to keep writing and see what I can create of my own music alongside the performing!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm working on writing more of my own songs, and hope to produce my own album in the next year.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: I've loved singing for a long time so being able to do it every day for a living is amazing! I love collaborating with many other incredible artists who trust me to bring my own creativity and skills to a project.

  7. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  8. A: Since starting work as a remote session singer I've worked with artists in many musical genres, from classical to hip hop and heavy metal

  9. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  10. A: I'm a huge classical music fan (no surprise there!) - some of my favourite composers to name but a few are Vaughan-Williams, Stravinsky, Puccini and Debussy. I also love film music composers including Morricone, Nyman and Zimmer. Vocally, I'm inspired by many versatile singers including Birgit Nilsson, Maria Callas, Mirella Freni, Angela Gheorghiu, Kate Bush, Björk and Annie Lennox.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Versatility!

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: Like any singer, I like to bring my own unique sound and abilities to anything I'm working on; however I am open to specific requests regarding vocal technique and sonority, such as singing without vibrato or using a lighter, breathier tone than usually used by an opera singer.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: I'm a fast sight reader and I learn music quickly, so I can turn orders around very quickly if needed. I love working with new music and arias and like to go deeper into the structure, lyrics and feel of a piece if I have the luxury of time to do so! I usually work very organically if I'm composing, although I still often transcribe what I'm about to record so I can alter it easily if necessary.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: I work from my home studio using Logic Pro X, using my Aston Spirit mic and Audient iD44 interface.

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: I'm often asked to perform a pre-written classical or operatic piece, or to compose a melody line for an instrumental track. I'm very open to writing my own melodies and harmonies for all kinds of music.

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Casta Diva (Bellini)

I was the soprano in this production

Terms Of Service

My typical turn-around time is 7 days, but this can be faster if I have availability.
I always allow for 1 set of revisions, but will make extra revisions or a full re-sing for an extra fee.

GenresSounds Like
  • Renée Fleming
  • Maria Callas
  • Sarah Brightman
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro
  • Aston Spirit
  • Audient id44
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  • "The Glow of Desperation" - Autumn TearsMay 25, 2021

    https://autumntears.bandcamp.com. 

    Loved working with Autumn Tears on another album! As well as writing vocals for some of their tracks, this album also includes 3 of my own songs - 'How Still The Day', 'Throw It Over' and 'Wordless Waltz'.

    We're now working on another mini-album planned for release in Autumn 2021. 

  • Soundtrack release - "The Good Book"May 29, 2020

    "The Good Book" - film and soundtrack release


    It was a pleasure to work with one of my SoundBetter clients, talented composer Heather Fenoughty, on this soundtrack:


    The Good Book


    The piece she asked me to record the vocals for was Hildegard von Bingen's beautiful piece 'Spiritus Sanctus Vivificans'... I think Heather did a wonderful job of using this ancient piece in a modern context!