Caroline Aiken confronts personal tragedy in her latest album

Despite the circumstances that inspired it, she describes Broken Wings Heal as “hopeful”
Caroline Aiken
Photograph courtesy of Caroline Aiken

Sixty-year-old Atlanta music fixture Caroline Aiken has lost track of how many times she’s performed at Eddie’s Attic. She stopped by again this month to support her new album, Broken Wings Heal, which Aiken wrote after her daughter was sent to prison for robbing a Grant Park cafe to fuel her heroin addiction in 2007. (Her daughter has since cleaned up and helped hundreds of inmates earn GEDs.) Despite the circumstances that inspired it, Aiken describes the album as hopeful, particularly the song “Razor Wire.” “It’s about the recovery and using the experience to rise up,” she says.

This article originally appeared in our January 2016 issue under the headline “In Recovery.”