is a keyboard & percussion driven trio from Warren, OH with a funky, hard hitting, unique sound all of its own. The combination of Carolyn’s soulful, virtuosic voice & poetic lyricism and Clay’s aggressive, jazz-influenced piano playing makes a fresh blend of original music that marries the beauty of classical, the harmonies of jazz, & the hard edge of rock.
The keyboard driven trio fuses the sonic landscape of bands like The Doors & Jefferson Airplane with the more eclectic, electronic sounds of modern bands like Florence + the Machine, Glass Animals, & MGMT. Three part harmonies, flute solos, & unusual synth sounds help make up the Black Wolf & the Thief sound, both in original songs as well as covers.
Black Wolf & the Thief
Carolyn Colley vocals & flute
Carolyn is from Warren, Ohio. She has been singing her whole life in school choirs, church choirs, and local theater. She spent a year touring the country with the performance group, Re-Creation USA, Inc. where she received extensive vocal and dance training. She also sings for The Big Nasty, and has performed as a vocalist with other groups including The Dave Banks Big Band & Saved by the 90s. She also has a passion for writing; she wrote most of the lyrics to BWT songs, and you can read her poetry on Instagram.
Clay Colley keys & vocals
Clay is from Warren, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a Master’s degree in jazz composition from the Dana School of Music at YSU. He spends most of his time teaching his private music studio, Claybird Studios, but he's also the piano instructor at Thiel College, the music teacher at MSMV, and a freelance musician; playing various styles of music from jazz to pop to classical, performing with other local bands and Piano Maniacs dueling pianos. He also composes and arranges all the music for the The Big Nasty and is the staff vocal arranger for Re-Creation USA, Inc. (Here's his website.)