celebrates the launch of her her
new book, "They Raised Me Up," on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with selected readings and book signing at Boston's Berklee College of Music Bookstore
by Carolyn Marie Wilkins
is pleased to announce the release of They Raised Me Up, the story of single mother Carolyn Wilkins'
battle to succeed in the man's world of jam sessions and jazz clubs, and of the five musically gifted black women who inspired her
In sync with the release, Wilkins
will be signing books and reading excerpts from They Raised Me Up at Boston's Berklee College of Music Bookstore
(1090 Boylston Street, Boston MA) on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Berklee College of Music Bookstore
(617.747.2402) is wheelchair accessible.
For additional information visit: http://www.carolynwilkins.com.
Wilkins alternates her own story with those of her ancestors' struggles to realize their own dreams: Phillipa Schuyler, whose efforts to "pass" for white inspired Carolyn to embrace her own black identity; Marjory Jackson, the musician and single mother whose dark complexion and flamboyant lifestyle always raised eyebrows; Lilly Pruett, the stunningly beautiful daughter of an illiterate sharecropper; and Ruth Lipscomb, the country girl who realized her dream of becoming a concert pianist.
About the Author: Carolyn Marie Wilkins is a Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
She has toured South America as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, performed on radio and television with her group SpiritJazz, and worked as a percussionist for the Pittsburgh and Singapore symphonies.
has released several critically acclaimed CDs of her
original compositions and is the author of Tips for Singers: Performing, Auditioning, and Rehearsing (Berklee Press) and Damn Near White: An African American Family's Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success (University of Missouri Press).
is available for interviews and appearances.