Performing singer/songwriter Carol Montag has been described by folk music legend Tom Paxton as a “genuine discovery” and “the best thing to come out of Iowa since Bonnie Koloc.” Her influences include Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Eva Cassidy, Julie Andrews, John Denver, and James Taylor to name a few. She has recorded four solo albums and two Christmas CDs with Kathy Donnelly and Nina Swanson in the trio known as Tribute. Tribute performs Christmas music and has been performing to sell out audiences for 16 years. Carol has opened for or shared the stage with Arlo Guthrie, Michael Johnson, Jim Post, Greg Brown, Priscilla Herdmann, David Wilcox, John Gorka, John Stewart, Cliff Eberhardt, Larry Groce, as well as Three Dog Night. She was commissioned to write music for Ballet Iowa and Ballet LaCrosse and performed live with both companies. Carol was invited by the US Ambassador of Cambodia, Kennet Quinn, to perform at the 2010 World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony. Past performers at the ceremony include such notables as Ray Charles, John Denver, and Simon Estes. Carol performs original songs, traditional and contemporary folk, and songs from the Great American Songbook on acoustic guitar and piano.

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“Upon hearing her music I was stunned and couldn’t wait to write about her. Once I even rented a bus and took a bunch of Des Moines Register reporters and editors to hear Carol sing. Carol has a true gift! Powerful, beautiful, harmonic, soulful, real. I’d match her voice and ability to engage an audience with any female vocalist anywhere”.
– Julie Gammack, former Des Moines Register columnist

“Carol has a touch of homespun about her, but she takes the stage like a pro.”
– Chuck Mitchell

“A singer of new songs written by her for her. She cannot be categorized, she must be heard.”
– Burlington Arts Council


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Awards and Honors

Audio Samples

Song Title Length Play
 Wayfaring Stranger (full song)  3:45 Click here to listen to Track #1 from Second Sermon: Wayfaring Stranger
Jean Leon Healey 1:24
Marigold in Winter (full song) 3:13
Sweet Lies 1:28