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Kim Carnes - Kim Carnes

American singer-songwriter

Kim Carnes (/ k ɑːr n z /; born July 20, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career as a songwriter in the 1960s. She wrote for other artists, performed in local clubs and worked as a backing singer for the famous Waters sisters (in the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom) ). After signing her first publishing deal with Jimmy Bowen, she released her debut album in 1972 Rest on me . Carnes' self-titled second album contained mostly self-written songs, including her first chart single "You're a Part of Me". who have favourited No. 35 on the reached Billboard Adult Contemporary 1975. The following year chart published Carnes Sailin who have favourited 'love comes from the unexpected'. The song won the American Song Festival and the Best Composition Award at the Tokyo Song Festival in 1976.

In her breakthrough year, 1980, Carnes was hired by Kenny Rogers to write the songs for his concept album Gideon (1980) to write down , and her duet "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer", hit number 4 on Billboard Hot 100 and earned the duo a Grammy Award nomination. Her cover of Smokey Robinson's "More Love" from the album was released later that year Romance dance (1980) ranked 10. The following year, Carnes published Mistaken Identity with the worldwide hit "Bette Davis Eyes". . This became the best-selling single of the year in the US, spent nine weeks at # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, went gold, and won the Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Mistaken Identity went to number 1 of the Billboard 200, went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

Carnes also saw success with the singles "Draw of the Cards" (No. 28), "Is It Recalled" (No. 36), "Crazy At Night (Barking In Airplanes)" (No. 15), "Doing Make no mistake, he's mine "(No. 51), with Barbra Streisand," What about me? "(No. 15), with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram," I'll be here where the heart is ", from the Flashdance Soundtrack and the Grammy Award nominated the singles "Voyeur" (No. 29) and "Invisible Hands" (No. 40). Her other successes as a songwriter include co-writing Duet No. 1 "The Heart Won't Lie" with Donna Weiss (who co-wrote "Bette Davis Eyes" with Jackie DeShannon), which was recorded by Vince Gill and Reba McEntire .

Her distinctive, scratchy singing style has drawn comparisons to Rod Stewart. Her latest studio album is Chasin 'Wild Trains (2004). As of 2017, Carnes lived in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music.

Early life

Kim Carnes was born on July 20, 1945 in Los Angeles, California. Her father, James Raymond Carnes, was a lawyer and her mother was a hospital administrator. Carnes knew that she would be a singer and songwriter from the age of three, although she was not born into a musical family. "My mother didn't get my career, and my father, who was a lawyer, didn't even think singing and writing were a job." At the age of four, Carnes "married" her neighbor, the musician David Lindley. She grew up in Pasadena, California and graduated from San Marino High School in 1963.


1962–1974: Early career and first studio album

Kim Carnes was a songwriter and performer from an early age. After many years of writing songs, Carnes signed her first publishing deal with producer Jimmy Bowen in 1962. During this time she shared the demo recording time with Bowen's other writers, including Don Henley, Glenn Frey and JD Souther. Carnes also sang "Nobody Knows," written by Mike Settle, which was featured in the film's credits Vanishing Point from 1971 was included. The film also featured Carnes' first songwriter cut "Sing Out for Jesus," recorded by Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton.

Also in 1971, she and Mike Settle worked again with Bowen to form the bubblegum pop studio group The Sugar Bears. The album Presenting the Sugar Bears and three singles were released with the song "You Are the One" and reached number 83 in the Billboard Charts.

In the early 1970s, Carnes and husband Dave Ellingson wrote several songs with David Cassidy, at the height of his career as an international idol, and Carnes toured the world with him as an opening act with her husband. Cassidy's albums Rock me baby , Dreams are Nuthin 'More than Wishes and Cassidy Live! These include several songs written by Carnes as well as Ellingson and Cassidy. Carnes also provided backing vocals for these albums.

After signing with Amos Records, her first solo album was released in 1972 Rest on me which was produced by Jimmy Bowen.

1975–1979: Early chart success

In 1975, Carnes released her self-titled second album, which included her first hit, "You're A Part Of Me," and reached # 32 on the US Adult Contemporary charts. Carnes re-recorded this track three years later with Gene Cotton. Most of the tracks on this second album were written by Carnes and Ellingson.

Your third album Sailin ' was produced by Jerry Wexler and released in 1976. One track, "Love Comes from Unexpected Places", won the top prize at the 1976 American Song Festival. The song was also recognized as best composition at the Tokyo Song Festival. It received additional attention after it was featured by Barbra Streisand on her 1977 album Superman was recorded . Streisand also recorded Carnes' "Stay Away" on her 1978 album Songbird on . Despite Streisand's approval of her material, Carnes' own Top 40 breakthrough didn't come until 1978 when Gene Cotton recruited her to record a duet version of "You're A Part of Me," which ranks 36th on the list Billboard Hot 100 stood.

In 1979 she recorded a single with the pseudonym Connie con Carne with that Title "She Dances with Meat" which was written by her and Dave Ellingson.

1980–1981: Collaboration with Kenny Rogers and "Bette Davis Eyes"

In 1980 her duet with Kenny Rogers "Don't fall in love with a dreamer" was a big hit in the pop (No. 4), country (No. 3) and Adult Contemporary (No. 2) charts. The song comes from Rogers' concept album Gideon Written in full by Carnes and her husband, Dave Ellingson. Later that year, her cover version of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles song "More Love" became her first solo top 10 hit (number 10 on the pop charts and number six on the adult contemporary charts). In fact, Robinson was so impressed with Carnes' reception and success with the song that he later wrote and composed "Being with You" for her. However, Robinson's then-producer George Tobin insisted on recording and releasing the song himself. "The record that was number one for me is a demo for Kim," Robinson told the Huffington Post . In 1981 Carnes provided vocals on Dionne Warwick's backup No night so long Album.

In 1981 Carnes recorded the Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss song "Bette Davis Eyes", which was originally written and composed in 1974. As the first single on the album Mistaken Identity it spent nine weeks at number one on the US singles chart and became a worldwide hit. The song's success brought the album to number one for four weeks. The single became the biggest hit of the year in 1981 and is loud Billboard after Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" the biggest hit of the 1980s in the USA. The song was recognized as both "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the 1982 Grammy Awards. Carnes was nominated for Best Pop Woman and Mistaken Identity Received also a nomination for album of the year. Two follow-up singles were released from the album, the title track and "Draw of the Cards", which were also released in the UK and Australia.

Carnes and her band rehearsed "Bette Davis Eyes" in the studio for three days to bring the melody and overall sound of the record to a darker, more haunted place. Keyboardist Bill Cuomo came up with the Signature Instrumental Lick and, together with the band and producer Val Garay, created a completely new arrangement of the song, which was recorded the next day without overdubs.

Bette Davis admitted being a fan of the song and reached out to Carnes and the songwriters to thank them. Davis wrote to Carnes after the song was released and said she loved the song. "It was exciting to be part of the rock generation," she said in her memoir This' N That . Davis' grandson Ashley told the screen legend that she "finally made it". Carnes and Davis formed a special friendship when the singer visited their home several times before Davis' death in 1989. In a career highlight, Carnes played the song live for Davis to commemorate the legendary actress who shortly before her death. More recently, the song was used in a 2008 Clairol Nice 'n Easy TV commercial in the UK, and the ad with the song expanded to South Africa and other areas around the world. In 2008 the song was featured in the opening scene of the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor shown and is still licensed for film and television use. In November 2015, the song was the set piece for Liz Taylor's backstory in the TV anthology American Horror Story: Hotel .

Also on December 19, 1981, Kim Carnes performed with Rod Stewart and Tina Turner at the LA Forum in Inglewood. Dick Clark hosted a special television version of the concert.

1982–1985: voyeur and other publications

Carnes' later hits included two more singles that had just missed the pop top 10: "Crazy in the Night" (by Barking at Airplanes ) and "What About Me?" with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram. After "Bette Davis Eyes" Kim reached the top 10 of adulthood four times - with "I Pretend" (No. 9), "What About Me?" (No. 1), "Make no mistake, he's mine" with Barbra Streisand (No. 8) (produced by Carnes with Bill Cuomo) and "Crazy in Love" (No. 10). On January 19, 1985, Carnes had the award, with three singles at the same time Billboard To be Hot 100: "What About Me", "Make no mistake, he's mine" and "Invitation to Dance", from the soundtrack to the film That's dancing! This meant that not only was she part of a duo and trio, but she was also on the list as a solo artist.

Carnes has been nominated for other Grammy Awards - including Best Rock Vocal Performance Female for 1983 voyeur and 1984 Best Rock Vocal Performance Female for "Invisible Hands". In 1983 Carne's song "I'll be here where the heart is" was included in the song Flash dance Soundtrack that won a Grammy for Best Original Score Album for a Film. Carnes was also one of the singers invited to appear on Africa's 1985 Hunger Relief fundraising single "We Are the World" in the United States. He can be seen in the music video and heard the last line of the bridge of the song with Huey Lewis and Cyndi singing Lauper ("While we stand together"). In 1987 she sang the song "My heart has a mind of its own" in a duet with Jeffrey Osborne for the soundtrack to the film Spaceballs . That same year Carnes recorded "The Heart Must Have a Home" for American film Summer heat on .

1988–1993: Recorded in Nashville

For the release of their eleventh studio album View from the house Carnes met again with producer Jimmy Bowen, who co-produced the album with her. View from the house spawned four singles, including the top 10 adult hit "Crazy in Love". The album featured early appearances by future music superstars Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett.

Your twelfth studio album Checkin 'Out the Ghosts was released exclusively in Japan in 1991. The album was not commercially successful worldwide. It contained the song "Gypsy Honeymoon", which was later re-recorded on their 1993 compilation of the same name. The song was a hit in Germany in 1993.

In 1992 Carnes recorded the Everly Brothers song "Love Hurts" for the soundtrack Private lessons , "Shiny Day" for a CD released in Japan entitled " Re-import " and the song "Run, Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry for a titled On Christmas Compilation The Stars Come Out for Christmas Vol. III . In 1997 Carnes wrote Just One Little Kiss with songwriter and friend Greg Barnhill, recorded by Lila McCann on her debut album purple .

1994 - today: Further success in songwriting and Essential

In 1994 Carnes moved permanently from Los Angeles to Nashville. Some of her songs, including "Voyeur", "I'll Be Here Where The Heart Is" and "Gypsy Honeymoon", were hits for her in countries across Europe and South America. As a songwriter, she had two No. 1 country singles. Her duet with Barbra Streisand was released in 1987 by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers as "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" and in 1993 as "The Heart Won't Lie". 1 for Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, re-recorded. (As noted above, Carnes last wrote this with Donna Weiss, co-writer of "Bette Davis Eyes" with Jackie DeShannon.) Carnes has co-covered songs from country stars like Tim McGraw and Deana Carter, Kevin Sharp , Matraca Berg, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Collin Raye, Pam Tillis, Conway Twitty and Tanya Tucker. In 1997, Carnes took a cover of Bad, Bad Leroy Brown for the tribute album Jim Croce: A Nashville Tribute To .

In 2000 Carnes sang a duet with Jeff Bridges on the Johnny Cash song "Ring of Fire" for the film The Contender . The song is included in the opening credits.

In 2004 Carnes released the album Chasin 'Wild Trains . She produced the album herself and wrote material for the album with Kings of Leon producers Angelo Petraglia, Matraca Berg, Kim Richey, Al Anderson, Jeffrey Steele, Marc Jordan, Anders Osborne and Chuck Prophet. An extensive European tour followed the album, which was successful in America. In the same year Carnes provided vocals for two tracks on Tim McGraw's album Live Like You Were Dying . Carnes co-wrote and recorded "The Silver Cord" for the soundtrack of Loggerheads (2005).

Carnes recorded "It's Clear Sky Again Today" Noriyuki Makihara on - Songs from LA , a 2007 tribute album to Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara.

For the past few years Carnes has worked with Greg Barnhill on songs like "It's a Mighty Hand" for a 2006 film " Chances: The Women of Magdalene "and" Enough "with Dana Cooper for his 2010 album" The Conjurer "written , for which she also provided background vocals. Carnes also wrote "Live to Tell" with Jamie Appleby, Marv Green and Alyssa Reid on Reid's 2011 album The Game . Two songs that Carnes wrote with the Australian duo O'Shea were not. 1 hits on the Australian CMC Country Music Channel. She also co-wrote a song on her follow-up album.

EMI Music released the compilation Essential in 2011. The compilation received a positive review from Thom Jurek von All music who praised Carnes 'lesser known songs like "I would lie to you for your love" and "Abadabadango" and stated that Carnes' voice "makes it work". He went on to say that her "ability to choose or write songs that highlight the many smoky shades in that voice is scary".

In February 2012, Ossum Possum Records released the original theme song from Warner Bros. film Impulses , Everybody Needs Someone - Recorded as a digital download single by Carnes in 1990. It was released as a promo CD single by the same record company back in 1990.

In October 2012, the American record company Culture Factory re-released Carnes' albums Mistaken Identity , voyeur and Cafe Racers . Light House and Barking at Airplanes were released in August 2013.

In 2014 Carnes recorded a duet with British songwriter Frankie Miller, which was included on a tribute album. She also appeared in an episode of the US television series The Haunting Of in November 2013.

Listed on June 25, 2019 the New York Times Magazine Kim Carnes among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal Fire.


Musical and vocal style

Carnes' voice has been described as "distinctly scratchy" and "throaty," which has led to comparisons with the voices of Rod Stewart and Bonnie Tyler. In 1993 Keith Tuber dated Orange Coast Magazine Carnes in one of his articles as "The Queen of Rasp 'n' Roll".

Personal life

Carnes lives with husband Dave Ellingson (1967 - present) in Nashville, Tennessee. She has two sons, Collin and Ry. Her son Ry, named after the musician Ry Cooder, is a guest on the song "Rough Edges" from her album Barking at Airplanes . Her son Collin can be seen on this album at the beginning of the song "Crazy in the Night". Collin wrote the songs "Divided Hearts", "Gypsy Honeymoon", "Don't Cry Now" and "River of Memories" with his mother.


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