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. Her quartet, the Townsend String Quartet, was invited to perform in numerous recital venues with admiring reviews.

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. Subsequently she worked at the Food and Drug Administration, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and most recently at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Services Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service through the JrCOSTEP program. She is a Master of Public Health candidate at the University of New England, expected to graduate December 2017.