Hailing from Chicago, Swayze relocated to California in the early 1970s, making a thirty-year career in local government. For almost that same length of time, she has performed as a pop/jazz singer, songwriter, and composer, working mainly on the San Francisco Bay Area hotel and country club circuits throughout the mid-1970s through the early 1990s. Working not only with various side-bands, Carolyne also sang with the Jimmy Diamond Orchestra for nearly twenty years. In 1995 she relocated to Sacramento, and in 2016, founded the Sacramento Jazz Cooperative, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving classic jazz as an American Artform. In 2020, she released her second album, Reflections.