Carol Simpson

Carol Simpson

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A passionate female "Jazz Vocalese" (singer/composer of lyrics and melodies imitating horn solos), my style's unique other than two women in the 20's and a handful of men from more recent years. My lyrics of tribute to jazz composers have social messages that attract and inspire both young and old.

Biography

Carol Simpson is a passionate jazz vocalist. Singing with a style that embodies deep emotion, she draws upon both jazz and blues and infuses her work with personality and enthusiasm. As a multi-linguist, she sings bossa novas and sambas in Portuguese and many jazz standards in French. Her influences range from Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin to the bebop 40s and 50s artists, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gilespie, Miles Davis and hardbop artists of the 60s and 70s, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, and Wayne Shorter. Beyond her singing talents, Carol is a skilled composer and lyricist and has penned words to great classic compositions such as Miles Davis’ Blue in Green and Charlie Parker’s “Yardbird Suite.” She has collaborated on songs with renowned pianists Cedar Walton and Freddie Redd. Carol writes daily and recently recorded a CD including her own vocalese lyrics to great standards such as Coltrane's “Moment's Notice,” along with compositions of her own. With a deep desire to bring jazz to youth and specifically to expand the jazz audience in Los Angeles, she seeks to promote jazz outside the traditional jazz community (such as in her hometown, Malibu). She is the 2008 recipient of the first time Malibu Music Award for best song about Malibu.

Lyrics

Malibu

Written By: Carol Simpson

Malibu
Words and Music by Carol Simpson © June 5, 2008

We got our fires, we got our floods,
We got our hill slides and streets full of mud
But we got one thing and it’s in our blood,
We love Malibu! (Mmmm)

Got all kinds of people, from rich to the poor.
Home of celebrities, paparazzi and more
PCH traffic, but one thing’s for sure
We love Malibu! (Yeah!) We love Malibu! (Mmmm)

We got no freeways, no chain stores, no malls,
We got no skyscrapers a thousand feet tall
We’re one big fam’ly, though we may be small
We are Malibu! (Oooo)

Mountains surrounding this sparkling blue sea
Seagulls and pelicans just a flyin’ so free
Land of the Chumash, a proud history
This is Malibu. (Yeah!)

Malibu, land where the seagulls cry
Malibu, my home ‘til the day I die
Malibu, a world all its own
Malibu, I’ll always call you my home!

We got our sunsets, our vineyards, our parks,
Oceanview dining, some dolphins and sharks,
Clean ocean air from dawn until dark
We love Malibu!

Long stretch of beaches from Malibu Pier
Moonshadows, Zuma, The Inn, are still here!
Surfrider’s hang ten throughout the year
Here in Malibu. (Here! Here!)

Malibu, land where the seagulls cry
Malibu, my home ‘til the day I die
Malibu, a world all its own
Malibu, I’ll always call you my home!

We keep on rising like falcons from fire
Strong and united, we never tire
This ocean haven’s our love and desire
This is Malibu!

We got our fires and we got our floods,
We got our hill slides and streets full of mud
But we got one thing and it’s in our blood,
We love Malibu!

Discography

Singles:
1. Malibu (winner of 2008 Malibu Music Award)
2. Ode to Juno (played on KKJZ Los Angeles Jazz stations)
3. LP: "It's All Good" (15 tracks, 1-6 radio airplay (local & abroad) & streaming):
1. Can't Get Up (#1 for 2 mos. R&B MP3.com)
2. A Man Like You (#1 for 2 mos. Urban MP3.com)
3. Cut You Loose (#2 for 2 mos. Urban MP3.com)
4. People of the New Millennium (top 20 World Music MP3.com, semifinalist Amnesty songwriting, played on South Africa radio stations/clubs)
5. Happiness (top 10 R&B MP3.com)
6. Hey Brown Eyes (Top 10 R&B MP3.com)

Set List

1. Malibu
2. 'Trane in a Moment's Notice
2. Must Be Herbie Hancock
3. New Day
4. We'll Be Together Again
5. Ode to Juno
6. Bossa Medley: Suddenly/So Tinho de Ser com Voce
6. Pent-Up House
7. Soul Eyes
8. Never Make Your Move Too Soon
9. Four
10. Diggin' Diz, Groovin' High
11. Birdithology
Approx. 45 minutes