Carol Welsman

Carol Welsman

BandJazzCabaret

In styles ranging from swing, samba, bossa nova, to funk and sultry ballads, Singer/Pianist Carol Welsman's refreshing interpretations breathe new life into jazz and pop song classics. Her vocals are reminiscent of Peggy Lee and her scatting, of Ella Fitzgerald, with a captivating musical energy.

Biography

Booking Contact Info:
Liz Hamilton
Dir. Ph.: 818-752-6822
lizh@carolwelsman.com

Welcar Music USA Inc.
3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #955
Studio City, CA 91604
tel: 818-752-6822
www.carolwelsman.com

Carol Welsman – At a Glance

Carol Welsman is an internationally acclaimed vocalist and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She's a stunning, 6 foot blonde who authentically sings in 5 languages.

Achievements

• Has sold 60,000 jazz albums in Canada, a feat accomplished by few jazz artists

• Released “Memories of You” A Tribute to Benny Goodman (with special guest Ken Peplowski), Japan April, 2009 with Jazz Elite Tour –Fall 09

• Winner of 2008 “Album of the Year” for self-titled “Carol Welsman” at the CDN Smooth Jazz Awards

• Winner of 2007 Award “Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year” and nominee for “Best Female Vocalist & “Album of the Year” for “What’cha Got Cookin?” at the CDN Smooth Jazz Awards
• Is releasing a new CD April 25 in Japan (Tribute to Benny Goodman) with a Jazz Elite National fall tour

• Headlined four nights at Blue Note Jazz Club and Cotton Club, Tokyo - 2006, 2007

• Nominated for Best Original Composition “You take me away”, 2005 Smooth Jazz Awards (Canada)

• “What’cha Got Cookin’?”, Carol’s recent recording and DVD of Jazzed up Country, produced by Pierre Cossette of the Grammy Awards, is released in Japan and on KOCH Canada in 2006.

• “Senza Fine”, a compilation of Carol’s first three CDs, was released in Asia 2007, and original composition “This Lullaby” is licensed for Samsung camera commercial in Korea, Ukraine and China

• Four Juno Award nominations (Canadian Grammys) for her seven CDs

• Featured artist in “The Language of Love” Documentary aired on CBC Canada, 2005, with special guests Herbie
Hancock, Djavan, and Oscar Castro Neves

• Featured performer on “Larry King Live” for the 9/11 Commemoration, 2004

• Has written lyrics for various international pop stars including “Baby Close Your Eyes” recorded by Celine Dion on her 2004 “Miracle” CD, for Ray Charles, and Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussy Cat Dolls

• Co-hosted the 2000 Billboard Jazz Awards with Herbie Hancock on BET

Style

• Blending international rhythms and languages showcases her ability to cross musical boundaries while remaining within the jazz idiom

• Refreshing take on arrangements breathes new life into jazz and pop song classics, in a style that’s all her own, ranging from sultry and warm to infectiously energetic (offers both standards and original songs)

• Vocals run the gamut from being hauntingly reminiscent of Peggy Lee, to swinging a la Ella

• Block chord piano/vocal improvisations set her apart in today’s jazz world

• Performs a variety of shows ranging from Pops Symphony Orchestras to intimate cabaret settings

Fun Facts

• Fluent in French, Italian, Spanish and English, Carol also sings in Portuguese. Her unaccented delivery is both elegant and authentic.

• Sang her first song, “O my darlin' Clementine”, at age one

• Has performed for such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, California Governor Gray Davis, Stevie Wonder and Gordon Lightfoot, to mention a few

• Has her own recording label in Canada, Welcar Music

Background

• Grandaughter of founder/ first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Frank S. Welsman

• Mastered violin, double bass and classical piano by the end of high school

• Attended Boston’s Berklee College of Music – majored in piano performance

• Studied voice in Europe with Christiane Legrand, sister of Michel Legrand

• English lyricist for the compositions of Romano Musumarra, producer/arranger of such artists as Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Ginette Reno, Alessandro Safina and Chrissy Hynde, Vittorio Grigolo and Nicole Scherzinger

• Yamaha artist in Canada and the USA

• Musical influences include Antonio Carlos Jobim, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, George Benson & Patti Austin.

Lyrics

First

Written By: Carol Welsman/Daphna Ziman

First

Footsteps, creaking, echo
I hear the lonely sound that
haunts me
silence pining
I thought love that never find me
I’d nearly given up
Watching lovers go by
I could almost touch love vicariously

Chorus
It was that first look, first time
First touch when you took my breath away
That first kiss, first night
Gave me every reason to stay
I never knew I could give my heart away so willingly (easily)

Sleeping, child-like, embracing
Finding comfort in your arms
Fearing, trembling
Stumbling down the path of feelings
That turn me inside out
Could I ever feel safe yet so vulnerable
When the barriers fall

Chorus

Calling you
My mind is screaming for love
Calling me, my body’s craving your touch
Falling hard, I spiral down into the vast unknown

Chorus
It was that first look, first time
First touch when you took my breath away
That first kiss, first night
Gave me every reason to stay
I never knew I could give my heart away so willingly (easily)

Lyrics: Daphna Ziman, Carol Welsman

Discography

Discography
• "Memories of You" 2009, MUZAK Records, Japan
• “Carol Welsman”, Justin Time Records, 2007
• What’cha Got Cookin’, Ludlow Music, 2005
• The Language of Love, Savoy, 2003
• Hold Me, BMG Music Canada, 2001
• Swing Ladies Swing, A Tribute to Singers of the Swing Era, Welcar/Koch, 1999
• Inclined, Welcar/Justin Time Records, 1997
• Lucky To Be Me, Welcar Music 1995
• Just Imagination, EMI France 1987
• Recorded four of her CDs (Inclined, Swing Ladies, Swing, Hold Me, The Language of Love) in the Piano Soft Audio format for Yamaha Disklavier Piano, 2001 – 2003
• Recorded DVD “What’cha Got Cookin’?” in the Yamaha Piano-Soft + Video format
All of above CDs are available on Itunes

Set List

Example Set List:

Hey Good Lookin’
Just One Of Those Things
On A Slow Boat To China
Hold Me
What A Fool Believes
Every Breath You Take
Eu Vim da Bahia
Taking A Chance On Love
Café
By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Brazasia
I Feel Lucky
Nosotros
Senza Fine
Route 66
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Fais Comme L’Oiseau
Too Close For Comfort