Carmel’s songs are evocative and her voice has a contemplative quality that exudes a healing energy and touches hearts. Her songs are inspired by her own spiritual journey, her Irish spiritual heritage and the writings of Christian mystics. In her early singing career she enjoyed success as an Irish ballad/folk singer but gradually switched her focus to performing her original contemporary sacred songs. She has performed internationally for royalty, presidents and ambassadors but now enjoys even more, going deeper with the content of songs and the power of her voice in a retreat environment. There is a simplicity and beauty about her songs and audiences are uplifted, encouraged and moved by her performances. They are songs of inspiration and in both her performances and recordings she invites the listener into contemplative prayer and meditation and an experience of peace.
She made her first record on the Gael Linn label when she was just sixteen but it was as a sacred singer that Carmel was to go on to record more than a dozen albums of her original songs. Carmel holds Bachelor Degrees in Music and Theology and a Master’s Degree in Ministry and this academic training has fed into both the beauty of her melodic sense and her theologically rich lyrics. Carmel’s work is influenced by her belief that the expressive arts can be a doorway to Divine encounter and her songs are a vehicle for sound healing and all this flows from her training, her commitment to spirituality and her giftedness.