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Kim Carnes

Biography

Kim Carnes’ distinctively raspy, throaty tone of voice graced one of the primary hits from the ’80s, the Grammy-winning smash “Bette Davis Eye,” which spent 9 weeks together with the Billboard graphs in 1981. Carnes was created in LA on July 20, 1945, and through the ’60s started writing music for other performers while executing in local night clubs so when a program vocalist. In 1966, she became a member of the favorite folk group the brand new Christy Minstrels for a while, afterwards leaving (alongside hubby/songwriting partner Dave Ellingson) to create the duo Kim & Dave. Thanks a lot partly to her folk-music history, Carnes arrived an acting function within the 1967 film C’Mon, Let’s Live just a little, a folk-themed musical using a staunchly anti-radical point of view. In 1971, Carnes’ “Sing Out for Jesus” was documented by blues star Big Mama Thornton for the soundtrack from the film Vanishing Stage, which also highlighted Kim & Dave’s functionality from the music “Nobody Understands.” This achievement got Carnes a single cope with Amos, the label which the soundtrack got appeared. She documented her first recording, Rest On Me, in 1972, nonetheless it do nothing, and, annoyed by the predominance of outside authors for the record, Carnes departed, ultimately putting your signature on with A&M. Her self-titled label debut was released in 1975 and created her first graph strike, the self-penned duet with Gene Natural cotton “You’re an integral part of Me.” 1976’s Sailin’ and 1979’s St. Vincent’s Courtroom (her first recording for EMI) also created small singles, but her big break arrived in 1980, when former-New Christy Minstrel bandmate Kenny Rogers asked her to duet with him on “Don’t Love a Dreamer.” The music was popular, and the associated concept recording Gideon featured only Carnes and Ellingson compositions. Because of the publicity, Carnes obtained her first single Top Ten strike later on that year having a cover from the Wonders’ “Even more Like,” from her recording Love Dance. Carnes appeared poised for achievement, and got extra discomfort with her following album, Mistaken Identification. Among the tracks chosen was “Bette Davis Eye,” a tune co-written in 1974 by Donna Weiss and previous folk-rocker Jackie DeShannon (who got made an appearance with Carnes in C’Mon, Let’s Live just a little). Convinced to record the music with an atmospheric fresh arrangement, Carnes got “Bette Davis Eye” to the very best from the graphs for nine weeks; it became the largest hit of the entire year, and later on earned Grammys for Music of the entire year and Record of the entire year. Despite this main breakthrough, Carnes discovered it difficult to check out her hit; the next singles from Mistaken Identification didn’t make even the very best 20. She obtained minor strikes with music from 1982’s Voyeur and 1983’s Cafe Racers, and in 1985 she became the very first artist to become over the graphs simultaneously with single (“Invitation to Dance”), duo (“Make No Mistake, He’s Mine,” documented with Barbra Streisand), and trio (“HOW ABOUT Me,” with Kenny Rogers and Adam Ingram) shows. That same calendar year, she have scored her last Best 20 strike with “Crazy in the night time,” from Barking at Airplanes. 1986’s Light Home flopped, as well as for 1988’s Watch from the home, she returned towards the folk and nation music of her previous years. Using the indifferent reaction to her continuing singing profession, Carnes begun to focus more on her behalf songwriting, still collaborating often with Ellingson. She begun to place increasingly more materials with major-label nation artists, and transferred to Nashville in 1994 to become where the actions was.

Quick Facts


Full Name Kim Carnes
Profession Actor, Singer-songwriter
Nationality American
Children Collin Ellingson
Parents James Raymond Carnes
Awards Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Juno Award for International Single of the Year
Music Groups The New Christy Minstrels
Music Songs Bette Davies Eyes, Crazy in the Night, More Love, Draw of the Card, Does It Make You Remember, You Make My Heart Beat Faster, I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is, Invisible Hands, Crazy in Love, Abadabadango, You're a Part of Me, Say You Don't Know Me, Voyeur, Still Hold On, Divided Hearts, It Hurts So Bad, My Old Pals, All He Did Was Tell Me Lies, Miss You Tonite, I Pretend, Love Comes From Unexpected Places, Sweet Love Song to My Soul, Don't Pick Up the Phone, Jamaica Sunday Morning, Kick in the Heart, Brass & Batons, Begging for Favors, Met You at the Wrong Time of My Life, Hangin' on by a Thread, Warm Love, And Still Be Loving You, Along With the Radio
Albums Mistaken Identity, Barking at Airplanes, Café Racers, Romance Dance, St. Vincent's Court, View from the House, Rest on Me, Light House, Kim Carnes, Voyeur, Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes, Chasin' Wild Trains, Sailin', Checkin' Out the Ghosts, Live at Savoy, 1981, Sweet Love Song To My Soul & Other Favorites (Digitally Remastered), Essential, Pop Masters: Sweet Love Song To My Soul, Sweet Love Of My Soul
Nominations Grammy Award for Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year, American Music Award for Favorite Country Single, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, Academy of Country Music Award for Vocal Duo of the Year
Movies Vanishing Point


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#Fact
1 When not performing live, she resides in Nashville and writes songs for artists like Reba McEntire and Tanya Tucker. [May 2003]
2 After the song "Bette Davis Eyes" became a hit single, Bette Davis wrote letters to Kim and songwriters Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon and asked how did they know so much about her. One of the reasons Davis loved the Grammy-winning song is that her granddaughter heard it and thought her grandmother was "cool" for having a hit song written about her.
3 Rock, folk, and country singer and songwriter.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Horror Story 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
No Escape 2015/I performer: "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" / writer: "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer"
The Final Girls 2015 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Guapas 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Glee 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Austenland 2013 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
That's My Boy 2012 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Laurence Anyways 2012 performer: "Bette Davis' Eyes"
Raising Hope 2010-2011 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Take Me Home Tonight 2011 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
La solitudine dei numeri primi 2010 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Cyprien 2009 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Midnight Heat 2007 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
La mandrágora 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Heartbreak Hotel 2006 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
North Country 2005 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
The Amateurs 2005 performer: "You Made My Skin Burn" / writer: "You Made My Skin Burn"
Loggerheads 2005 performer: "Silver Cord" / writer: "Silver Cord"
Cold Case 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Contender 2000 performer: "Ring Of Fire"
200 Cigarettes 1999 performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Tohuwabohu 1997 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
All About Bette 1994 TV Movie documentary performer: "BETTE DAVIS EYES"
Private Lessons II 1993 performer: "Love Hurts"
Impulse 1990 performer: "Everybody Needs Someone"
Rude Awakening 1989 performer: "Comin' Home"
Dolly 1988 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spaceballs 1987 performer: "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own"
Summer Heat 1987 performer: "The Heart Must Have a Home"
Shades of Love: The Rose Cafe 1987 TV Movie performer: "You Are A Part of Me"
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Maricela 1986 TV Movie performer: "Bette Davis Eyes"
Solid Gold TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
That's Dancing! 1985 Documentary performer: "Invitation to Dance" / writer: "Invitation to Dance"
Flashdance 1983 lyrics: "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is" / music: "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is" / performer: "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is"
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Lolly-Madonna XXX 1973 performer: "Peaceful Country" / writer: "Peaceful Country"
Vanishing Point 1971 performer: "Nobody Knows" / writer: "Sing Out for Jesus"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Sister Sam 1986-1988 TV Series singer - 44 episodes

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
C'mon, Let's Live a Little 1967 Melinda
The Patty Duke Show 1965 TV Series Joan

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nachtfahrer 1981 Short

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Greatest Hits 2016 TV Series Herself
Les années bonheur 2016 TV Series Herself
Kenny Rogers, Cards on the Table 2014 Documentary Herself - Singer-Songwriter
Celebrity Ghost Stories 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special
The 16th Annual American Music Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary Herself
The 12th Annual American Music Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Solid Gold 1983-1985 TV Series Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1980-1985 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself
Leather and Lace 1983 TV Movie Herself
Champs-Elysées 1982 TV Series Herself
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Herself
Rod Stewart: Tonight He's Yours 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
Stars 1981 TV Series Herself
American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Movie Herself
Fridays 1980-1981 TV Series Herself
Music Central 1981 TV Movie Herself
Kenny Rogers' America 1980 TV Movie Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1980 TV Series Herself
Sha Na Na 1980 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Herself - Vocalist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Herself
Top of the Pops 1981 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1984 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Flashdance (1983) · Giorgio Moroder
· Keith Forsey
· Irene Cara
· Shandi Sinnamon
· Ronald Magness
· Doug Cotler
· Richard Gilbert
· Michael Boddicker
· Jerry Hey
· Phil Ramone
· Michael Sembello
· Duane Hitchings
· Dennis Matkosky


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#Quote
1 Nashville has a great creative atmosphere. It's a small, close-knit music community that you can't find anywhere else.
2 I write from what's in my heart. I write what I love and have always done that. I'm so lucky to be writing and performing with some of the best writers in the world. I'm having a blast.
3 I never had any other thought in my mind. I was gonna write songs, I was gonna be a star and a singer and I never thought of doing anything else.

#Trademark
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