Carley Anderson began playing piano at the age of six, and violin at the age of eleven. After high school, she attended and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance. She studied with such teachers as Andrew Zaplatynsky, Kevin Moore, and Charles Stegeman. While in college, she was a touring member of the University Choir and Orchestra, performing concerts across the United States from Missouri to Washington.

After graduation, she began work in Syracuse, NY as a Public Health Program Coordinator, assisting with travel medicine, occupational health and safety, fetal protection, hearing conservation, and more. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the University of New England and now works as a research coordinator at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canandaigua, NY.