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




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 [audio:jeanleon.mp3]
Marigold in Winter (full song) 3:13 [audio:marigold.mp3]
Sweet Lies 1:28 [audio:sweetlies.mp3]


  1. jim menzel
    Posted March 17, 2015 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Carol, I have some “historic” pictures for you send me your email and I will scan them in for you. Jim ..in…Ames

  2. Georgie Schuster
    Posted May 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Carol, have you set the date for the Tribute Concert in December? I can’t find anything online, and I am making some plans for another gathering and don’t want it to be on the same night! We never want to miss Tribute, it is a favorite tradition for us…please help! Thanks, Georgie

  3. Posted June 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    WONDERFUL meeting YOU last night at IMMERSE! You are truly annointed! My mom & I just listened to your CD and WOW…You have “An Angelic Voice”….LOVE the way you play guitar too!

    Thanks for your CD and let us know a convenient time for you to visit Scenic Ridge Records & Studio in Old Hickory, TN 37138

    Let us know if there is ANYTHING we can help you with in “Your Musical Ministry” We truly SERVE an AWESOME GOD!

    Blessings & Love! Ann & Randy Dorman (615) 405-0894

  4. Jim Dalton
    Posted August 23, 2015 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Hi Carol! Haven’t been able to attend any of your concerts till Sat night at Lowe Park.
    What a show! Great to see some old friends there too like Bob Naujoks. Hope you remember me, the ole “rocknroller” from WMT. I have the October concert at Opus on my calendar.
    Would like to make it if possible. C YA!

    • Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jim,
      Sorry for the late reply, but that’s so much and it is great to hear from you! The Joni Mitchell Tribute show was a dream come true! Hope to see you again soon! – Carol

  5. David McKeithen
    Posted October 2, 2016 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Good Morning Carol,

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. A fresh dose of his mercies to you and Matt today. Thanks for coming over and sharing your love and concern for Matt. If you could send us a way to hear “Crosses” again, that would bless us.

    See you at church today.

    • Posted November 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, David. You and Brenda are blessing to our family. We are so thankful that you are both in Matt’s life!

  6. Marilyn Moe
    Posted November 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I have such trouble trying to find Tribute anywhere- can’t find your concert on the Paramount site. Do you know if there are any tickets left for the soon coming concert? I think both Terry and I thought each other had purchased them.

    Marilyn Moe

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