Carey began belting her melodic tunes off of her backyard balcony at the early age of three.  “Such a grown up voice for such a little girl” was most often heard.  Grammar and high school musicals abounded until a coach skipped over her for “Fiddler on the Roof”.  Carey gave up music during college and after graduating from UC Berkeley, followed in the family tradition of retail. She opened a chain of gift and home stores, though singing was always her first love.

With a personal life-changing event, this captivating performer and soulful storyteller returned to the music community in 2011 with her first album. “New Favorites”.  Her company, (aptly named Heather Road for the street she grew up on), produced the album of aurally seductive vocals influenced by Melody Gardot, Patti Griffin, Cheryl Wheeler and Judith Owen.

Teaming up with artist and producer Lisa Nemzo of Dream Wild Records -(Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Heart, Ray Charles, Hall & Oates;), this album was produced and recorded in Nashville in 2012.- “House of Cards” demonstrates Carey’s innate passion and musical finesse, a collection of diverse and riveting acoustic singer/songwriter and rock arrangements with a sophisticated folk flair. It is an intimate and compelling journey to finding one’s own empowerment – where listeners may even hear a piece of their own story woven into Appel’s candidly-written lyrics.

She continues to write, play, and serve artists and members of her community. She recently co-founded The Folk Musicians Relief Fund, dedicated to musicians in the FAR-West community who are in medical or financial need. She currently lives in Ojai with her husband, chickens, bunnies, birds and dogs and performs regularly at local venues and private events.