singer  songwriter

carly bins

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Ever since her first “gig” as a 6-year-old singing in her elementary school’s annual talent show, Carly Bins has loved to perform.

Now a 17-year-old college freshman, Carly is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a voice that’s a cross between Colbie Caillat, Melissa Etheridge and Taylor Swift. Her mature look and stage presence lead many people to believe she’s far older than her actual age.

While Carly writes mostly for her acoustic guitar, she also writes for and plays the electric guitar and ukulele. When inspired, she is known to dabble a little on the piano.

As the 2015 Michigan State Fair Superstar, Carly had the opportunity to record several of her songs with renowned producers Chuck Alkazian and Nadir Omowale at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI.  The result of that collaboration - her debut EP, 3 A.M. - was released March 22, 2016. 3 A.M. is available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Google Music Store and other digital music sites. Physical EPs may be purchased at any live performance.

Carly's live performance experience includes multi-day music festivals Electric Forest and LaureLive; the Ohio State Fair; the Michigan State Fair; opening for Michigan favorite Jill Jack - and many more! She has also served as a volunteer musician with Giving Songs (a 501(c)(3) that supports families with legally blind, multi-disabled children) since 2013, recording multiple songs for the non-profit and performing at several fundraising events. 

Some of Carly’s performance highlights include:

  • Winner - 2015 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Superstar
  • Winner - 2014 Northville Talent for the Title (solo/singer-songwriter)
  • Top 5 Finalist - 2014 WDIV Local 4 Super Singer competition (NBC)
  • Winner - 2012 Northville Talent for the Title (band/Unusual Symphony)
  • National Anthem Singer for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (2015-present)
  • National Anthem Singer (US and Canadian anthems) for the Plymouth Whalers (2013-2015)
  • Additional featured performances include Ford Arts, Beats & Eats; Meridian Winter Blast; Arts & Acts Northville; Brighton Fine Art and Acoustic Music Festival; Ann Arbor Art Fair

  • TV Performances/Appearances
  • Multiple Fox 2 Detroit as Michigan State Fair Superstar
  • Live on WDIV Local 4 (NBC) preceding 2014 Ford Fireworks
  • Live in the D  (WDIV Local 4)
  • WXYZ Channel 7 (ABC)
  • Multiple Fox 2 Detroit with NHS TrebleMakers and Chamber Choir
  • STATE CHAMPS! High School Sports Show  (aired on Fox Sports Detroit)
  • WSU MetroArts Detroit  (aired August 26, 2016 on Detroit Public Television)