I have a long history of music as a singer songwriter Folk Rock Americana and writing for plays etc. I also have a long history of leading praise and worship as a Christian Charismatic Catholic.  In 2019 I got to lead praise and worship at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland . I was thrilled to lead praise. but struck me the most from that experience was the deep sense of honor and respect I had for all the awesome musicians who had gone before, who I had no idea of many of their religion or background.Religion and politics my mom and dad taught me  are touchy and personal subjects. In that spirit I invite you to enjoy my website  combining  both secular and spiritual or enter the site with a second or third choice all Christian Music and writing or me as a singer songwriter singing about everyday life. They morph together from time to time but thats who I am.God bless and keep rockin in the free world.

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Denny Carleton

Its better to light one candle than to curse the darkness


Denny Carleton paid his dues as a rock n roll child of the 60's and 70's playing in Legendary Bands The Lost Souls, The Choir, Moses and Milk with Brian Sands,  and then  the Pagans. Active in music ever since   Denny  is now a multi faceted singer songwriter musician and writer in many many genres. including author, playwright, radio personality, guitar teacher, educator, storyteller and worship and praise leader . Through this website, Experience Denny Carleton on I Tunes , Spotify, Videos on You Tube ,radio archives. on line guitar lessons writings  or though  his memoir Welcome To My World. MORE INFO 

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Denny Carleton Shadowlands
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12 song CD The Shadowlands Cd Released in. 2019 , is Folk Rock Americana (In a Northern Way) with elements of the British Invasion combined with Denny Carleton's quirky spiritual songs with Al Globekar's. virtuoso guitar work.25 other musicians and vocalists from the Cleveland and Lake County music scene, add there skills to the project.Instruments used on this project include acoustic, electric,baritone,bass,lap steel, and Nashville tuned guitar. piano, organ, cheesy organ, harmonium and accordion combine with fiddle, violin,child xylophone, sax, flute , drums  roto toms, maracas synth and tambourine.

You can also purchase by check for 13.20 which inlcudes tax and postage. Make check to Denny Carleton and mail to Denny Carleton PO Box 812 Twinsburg Ohio 44087. Mention what CD you would like to purchase

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Welcome to My World
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Denny Carleton Memoir Denny Carletons' Welcome To My World is a memoir of the path less taken  of  a Cleveland Rocker from the 1960s who played in notable Cleveland Bands the Lost Souls, Choir and Moses . After  the rockin 60s The book takes you through his journey as a praise and worship leader,singer songwriter and caregiver for his parents. Many stories that either reveal  unbelievable coincedences  or else the loving. hand of God the Father (depending on your viewpoint).The book weaves between musical and spiritual revelatory experiences in the Holy Spirit, being serious yet humerous at the same time.Not for everyone but 5 stars for others. For example Denny sings at an Indian Pow Pow and is confronted at the same time by an Indian women who wants his music to be more inclusive and also a Christian Fundamentalist who  is very dogmatic.A book for our time that offers a vision in a conflicted world but manages to be a light hearted and a easy read. Welcome to My World  is  a good  example of the New Evangelalization .One person telling their story and experience to a friend in a real and non judgemental way.

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The Lost Souls
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With great excitement after many years my first band, The Lost Souls  has a CD released from Lion Productions a record company based in Chicago.It has 26 songs and a 32 page booklet.

You may purchase this directly from me at my gigs or online through me at Pay Pal or you may purchase by check for 13.20 (includes postage and tax ) to Denny Carleton and mail to Denny Carleton PO Box 812 Twinsburg Ohio 44087 or from Dusty Groove from Chicago or California's  Bomp Records

Here  are a few links     Link to video of Lost Souls 1967 

 Below is the promo release from Lion Heart


A group who definitely live up to their name – given that their recordings are so obscure, they were lost souls from the very start! Yet there's also a genius here that should have made them huge – an inherent tunefulness that clearly shows a love of The Beatles, Hollies, and a handful of other Brit groups – but delivered with an edge that's more like early Who or Creation – and by that last reference, we mean both the fab 60s British group, and the later 80s label with the same name!

These tunes are fantastic little gems – catchy, but not commercial – charming, but never cloying – and often driven by some exceptionally strong basslines at the bottom, which works great with the warmer vocal harmonies and jangly guitars.

Titles include "Dare To Surmise", "Love I Won't Admit", "Look At Me", "Things That Are Important", "Diamond Head", "Livin The Way I Want To", and "Trashcan Throne" – and the CD also features a few live tracks, and some bonus material too – 26 titles in all, by a group who hopefully won't be lost souls any longer!

Not only is this the first time the music of the Lost Souls has been available since that cassette, our Lion Productions edition is the first release for many additional Lost Souls cuts, including alternate versions of key tracks like the insightful ‘Things That Are Important’ and ‘I’m Falling’ (the closest to a hit the band ever had), all taken from the original tapes and carefully mastered. Seven bonus tracks highlight the work of Lost Soul's main songwriter Denny Carleton (one-time member of The Choir, and more surprisingly, punk legends the Pagans); selections by The Choir, Moses, Milk and Carleton, many in all possible low-fi glory, recorded on various 4-Track devices, ranging from power-pop to grimy garage.

•Whopping 32-page booklet has the full story of the band and info on the recordings by Carleton  •Includes a multitude of unseen photos from his personal archive •Carefully remastered from the original tapes (+ the occasional post-Lost Souls 45 single) •”One of the great lost groups of the 60's.” —Option Magazine


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Denny Carleton Spotify 2020 Highlights  

Here is a link to a feature from Spotify called Artist Highlights. It reviews your highlights from the Previous year. My music was played in 76 countries. I was excited about that. I know others are much more known and probably have more and Im sure make much more money. But for someone like me who has been a round peg in a square hole musically speaking it was very rewarding.Im a Christian, Pentecostal Catholic, who still plays Americana Music in Clubs, was in a punk band, loves modern art and Praise and Worship in Churches. Im a throw back to the 1960's of peace and love , and my views are often bridge building , and cant we all get along. I believe in loving and forgiving your enemies. Believe me I do not fit into todays world.Im all about the music, the writing, spirituality, and proclaiming the Kingdom of God.As A person and as a Christian you want your life, your music and your body of work to be relevant.With no record company or financial backing that my music is appreciated is in an unfulfilling world fulfilling.I believe the plays the thing that turns the heart of the King, the pen is mightier than the sword and its better to Light One candle than to curse the darkness. Here is a socially distant toast to a better and healthier 2021!

2020 highlights Denny Carleton

Most Denny Carleton Music Now Free For Download   


Pay  Your  Own Price. That Way If You Can't Afford It ,you can still hear It and if you want to support me you can. I have such a large catalog that it bothers me to see it sit there, without being heard.The old music paradigm never worked for me, and I have done much better always as an independent. I also feel that at this time, music is needed to relax ,get us through and connect. Its like Donavon's song from the 1960's Hurdy Gurdy Man that down through the ages when things got dark along came the Hurdy Gurdy Man singing songs of love.Not sure where he got his history , but its something like that.This free download does not apply to Film  Licensing  or Choir  Lost Souls Moses or Milk  or Shadowlands Material.