If you’ve been waiting for a fresh new artist who writes smart lyrics, knows his way around a harmony, infuses his music with charm AND has starred on a series on Nickelodeon, a Lifetime movie and an upcoming Netflix dramedy, then it’s your lucky day. It’s time you meet actor-singer-songwriter Carson Rowland.
Growing up in Florida, Carson’s parents chose to homeschool their four children, which included an older brother, twin sister and younger sister. As a youngster, Carson went to a musical theatre class and was immediately hooked. “I knew right away I liked it. I was really focused on music from about age eight, starting piano lessons, then guitar. I wasn’t working toward any goal, I just really enjoyed it.” Although he claims neither of his parents have any artistic leanings, he and his siblings all excel in the arts. His brother Connor is a gifted piano player who often works with Carson on music, and both his twin sister Carolynn and youngest sister Catherine are accomplished ballerinas who left home in their teens to study their craft.
At one point, Carson decided he wanted to try school, so his parents enrolled him in a private school, where he stayed for 8th, 9th and 10th grade. “I really wanted to try it for the social experience. What I realized though is that traditional school limited the freedom I had for the things I wanted to pursue. I was there five days a week, for eight hours a day, and it didn’t leave me time for much else.” Though Carson was immediately accepted in to the school’s theatre program, he still felt like he was missing out.
When Carson was 16, he heard from a girl he had homeschooled with who was starring in a web series called TWEET. The show was looking to fill a role for the second season and she suggested he audition. He booked the role of “Riley Sturgis,” which resulted in several auditions with Nickelodeon, eventually landing him one of the leads in Nick’s first global series, I AM FRANKIE. After Carson finished filming the second season of I AM FRANKIE, he got a part in the Lifetime movie DREAM KILLER as “Bailey,” the love interest of lead character “Mia,” played by Taylor Castro, herself an actor-musician. The two hit it off immediately. “Taylor and I became close friends, we just really connected. She had written a song called “Don’t Know What to Say” and invited me to re-record it with her as a duet.” Fans fully embraced both song and video, and the chemistry between the two.
The pair soon found themselves in Georgia – Carson filming the upcoming Netflix series SWEET MAGNOLIAS and Taylor at the Savannah College of Art and Design – and writing music together. “Writing songs with Taylor is the greatest thing ever. We have a synergy when we write together and I think our work together is pretty unique.”
Carson and Taylor wrote five songs, and during a break in filming he spent a weekend in Miami recording three of them. He also cut the track “Game,” which he wrote on his own, and will be his first single. “In some past relationships I’ve felt trapped, like I had to act a certain way. The key line is “love never said I had to stay.” I didn’t set out to hurt anyone, but I had to do what was right for me.”
Now that Carson is readying his first release, he couldn’t be happier to be focusing on music again. “With music, I have the ability to express who I am. My EP is going to be called YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE because it’s written by me, and is about me and my interactions with people in my life. Songwriting gives me a way to express myself and my feelings that I can’t find in acting.”
When he isn’t recording and writing new songs, or guest starring on the hit ABC TV series American Housewife as a football player with a secret, Carson can be found keeping his 4.0 grade point average intact as he finishes his degree in Neuroscience. “Since 2016, my career has taken off, so why not pursue what I love? But I need a plan B no matter what; if one day, I need a change, the option to go in to medicine will be there. I have a huge sense of pride in what I’ve accomplished so far, balancing my career with schooling, and I am just going to go wherever the road takes me.”