Carolyn Mason Carolyn Mason

Carolyn sings the blues as they were meant to be. She learned at the source, with her Mississippi Delta family playing in little places with BB King and Little Milton Campbell.

In 2016, Carolyn was runner up in the STL Music Award Ceremony. In 2017, she won that award as well as becoming one of the first female artist to perform at the National Blues Museum. In 2018, she was featured in I AM ESTL Magazine. She’s headlined blues at the Arch in 2017 and 2020. 

Carolyn was born to a farming family working on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta. Her father and his brothers all were musicians.  They played with BB King and Little Milton Campbell, being that they all were “from the same neck of the woods.” Carolyn’s mom came from a long line of gospel singers. At the age of 7, Carolyn started singing in church. She joined a gospel group along with her younger brother, Roy Jr. and cousins called the Junior Aires. This group was put together by her uncles as a headline for their group The Rolling Fork Spiritual Aires. They would perform in all of the Baptist churches throughout the Delta with gospel acts including the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Shirley Caesar, and The William Brothers.

 Carolyn joined her first group in 1988 after graduating. The band was called Magnum Force who would later change their name to Custom Made. They were opening acts for blues artist Millie Jackson, Bobby Bland, Bobby Rush, The O Jays, After 7, The Temptations and The Four tops.

One day, Carolyn met a smooth-talking fireman by the name of Lemola Mason who swept her off her feet and brought her to St. Louis, where she met a musician Michael Green. He introduced her to the music of St. Louis and the East Side scene. She began singing again with Mike Green and Dana Austin for a year or two. In 2015, Carolyn formed her own group and the skies opened up for her. Surrounded by great musicians, she began conquering her dreams.