Rolanda Carter is excited to be joining the Two Rivers Crew this year as the Elementary Music Teacher! Rolanda Carter is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and award-winning songwriter originally from Cleveland, OH. As a soloist, she is a powerful and unique voice. She is a jazz vocalist by training but has a deep appreciation for performing many genres including Jazz, Gospel, Soul, Funk and Folk. Rolanda has performed and traveled with various ensembles from the The Howard University Choir and the Stellar Award Nominated Howard Gospel Choir to her current membership with the Reginald Golden Singers, who debuted in 2016 as part of BET’s Love and Happiness: An Obama Celebration concert. She has traveled extensively using her voice and guitar in the US and abroad to Peru, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Jordan, The United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg and Israel.
Rolanda’s songwriting asks the tough questions and focuses on the issues of life that we all face. Her debut single, “Bullet Train” was released on June 30, 2017. She received an Honorable Mention in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest in 2016 and won the Gold Award for her song, “Bullet Train” the following year. In 2018, Rolanda was a finalist in The Bernard – Ebb Songwriting Awards. She was a participant in The NYU Songwriting Workshop in 2019 where she studied with legendary songwriters Phil Galdston, Barry Eastmond and Maia Sharpe.
Most recently, Rolanda debuted a concert of her original music at Howard University and was later invited to perform a concert of her original music at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Millennium Stage. This performance is available now on YouTube. Rolanda is a proud graduate of Howard University with her Bachelors in Music in Music Therapy. Last and certainly not least, she teaches music to children of all ages. Rolanda hopes to empower and inspire her students to discover and pursue their purposes not only with her music but also with her life and work.