The Bertie Bigelow Mystery Series
Author of Melody For Murder and Mojo For Murder
Cambridge, MA

Carolyn Wilkins is a Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College of Music and the author of Melody For Murder, the first in a series of murder mysteries featuring Bertie Bigelow, an African American choir director on the South Side of Chicago. Mojo For Murder, the second book in the series, will be released by Pen-L Publishing in July, 2016.

Carolyn is also the author of They Raised Me Up: A Black Single Mother and the Women Who Inspired Her and Damn Near White: An African American Family’s Rise from Slavery to Bittersweet Success. Both books are available from the University of Missouri Press. Carolyn’s textbook Tips for Singers: Performing, Auditioning and Rehearsing was published by Hal Leonard Publications in 2008.

In addition, Ms Wilkins is an accomplished jazz pianist, composer and vocalist whose performance experience includes radio and television appearances with her group SpiritJazz, a concert tour of South America as a Jazz Ambassador for the US State Department, performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony as a percussionist under Andre Previn, and shows featuring Melba Moore, Nancy Wilson and the Fifth Dimension. Carolyn has performed at Boston's Regattabar, Scullers' Grille, the Globe Jazz Festival and the Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Festival. She has appeared in concert at Harvard, Brandeis and Boston Universities, and has also been featured four times as a part of Boston's annual First Night Celebration.

Carolyn has recorded four critically acclaimed CD's of her original compositions on Tiphereth Records: SpiritJazz I, SpiritJazz II, Healin' Time, and Praise Song. Carolyn has composed music for The Search Goes On , an original musical which was performed at First Night 2000, for the NPR adaptation of Langston Hughes' Tell Your Mama, poet Phil Bryant's Stompin’ at the Grand Terrace, and for Return, a Meditational Journey of Self Discovery for Black Women. The Wright College Choir, the Mt. St. Joseph Chorale, the Emmanuel College Singers, and the Shiloh Gospel Choir have also performed Carolyn's compositions

For further information, visit Carolyn’s website: www.carolynwilkins.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolynauthor or contact her by email: cwilkins@berklee.edu