Biography （by Eleanor Ditzel ）： |
For over a decade, jazz singer Carol Kidd has managed to consistently pull in accolades, "Best Awards," and honors from an arena consisting of all-time greats such as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Kidd has known since she was five years old that she was a singer. While raising three children and running a hotel, she sang part-time all over Britain, performing on-stage and on television. Her full-time professional career began in 1990 when Frank Sinatra issued her an invitation to appear live with him at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, in front of a capacity crowd. British jazz lovers gave rave reviews and Kidd was invited to sing at London's internationally acclaimed Ronnie Scott's Club, where she was heard by Tony Bennett. The momentum of her success picked up and she was voted the Best Performer at the Edinburgh International Jazz.
In 1990 she also signed with Linn Record, and the label released her debut album, The Night We Called It a Day. The album was voted Best Jazz Recording at the U.K. Musical Retailer's Awards. After being named Best Vocalist at the Cannes International Jazz Awards, Kidd began to receive invitations to appear all over Europe, the Far East, and the United States.
Kidd's respect for the integrity of lyrics often set her apart from other jazz singers, but it was her combination of big band songs and jazz, always sung in perfect pitch, that captured fans. Linn released her sophomore album, I'm Glad We Met in 1991, and Kidd continued performing worldwide throughout the '90s. In 1998, Linn released one album for her, and the Honest label released two more, including the extra popular All My Tomorrows. Honest also came out with a compilation, The Best of Carol Kidd, Vol. 1, in 1998.
In April 1998, Kidd had the honor of presenting the prizes at The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, held at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. That same year she met with the Queen and Prince Philip in Windsor Castle at a Reception for the Arts, and she was also listed on The Queen's Birthday Honours List. This was followed in October 1998 by Prince Charles presenting her with the MBE (Services to Jazz) award in Buckingham Palace, and his also requesting that Kidd send him some of her CDs.
Some of the other awards bestowed on Kidd during the '90s were: Best Vocalist from Cannes International Jazz Awards; Best Performer, from Edinburgh Jazz Festival; Best Vocalist, from U.K. Jazz Awards; and Best Jazz Recording, from U.K. Music Retailers Awards.
In 2000, Linn released both the compilation Linn Box Two and the album Crazy for Gershwin, which reflected the world's love both for the endearing Gershwin songs and for Kidd. By 2001 three of her tracks had become theme songs for TV soaps in Asia where she had become a major star. In Korea, her rendition of "When I Dream" became the background music for the Korean film Shiri, and she held the number one spot week after week on the Asian Music Box charts over names like Britney Spears, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey.
Linn released A Place in My Heart, with Kidd singing with the legendary Robert Farnon Orchestra, in May 2001. Farnon (born in 1917, Toronto, Canada) lives in Europe and has decades of big band experience composing, arranging, and conducting popular and light music. Recording together, Kidd and Farnon pulled rave reviews with 12 favorite tracks such as "Pennies From Heaven," "The Sunny Side of the Street," "I Get Along Without You Very Well," and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered." Kidd filled the rest of 2001 with three major concerts in Singapore and one in Cambodia, plus returning once again to her homeland to do a major concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
可惜當時的流行樂壇，不是傳統民謠就是搖滾樂，於是她沉寂了好一陣子，直到一個以格拉斯高人為主的樂團熱烈邀請她，她才又復出，不過只在週六早上演唱。 在這個小樂團裡，她快樂的待了十一年，就像她自己的個性或是她家鄉的民族性一般，很純樸也很安定知足的生活著。 九O年代初，世界知名的「愛丁堡爵士音樂節」邀請她參加，接踵而來的一連串邀約錄音及各種音樂會，才又將她帶回這個繁複的樂壇。她受邀為法蘭克辛納屈的演唱會做暖身演唱、在倫敦的伊莉莎白女王音樂廳高歌，1991年連獲「英國國際爵士大賽最佳歌手」及「愛丁堡最佳爵士樂演唱獎」兩項殊榮……這一切都為她的歌唱生涯帶來戲劇性的轉折，越老越紅的卡蘿姬,現在已非昔日稚氣女孩，她的歌聲中，帶著我們所渴望的平淡之美、平淡的動人而溫馨。 舒服的閉上雙眼，讓你的靈魂休憩片刻，現在，我們就要進入卡蘿姬的歌聲中。
----1999年12月受菲利浦摩里斯集團(The Philip Morris Group of Companies)邀請，於該集團在新加坡舉辦之千禧年盛會”An Evening With The Stars”中演出及演唱該會主題曲，並將出版一限量專輯。
----1999年，韓國電影ri〞(台灣譯為〝魚〞)，選擇卡蘿姬專輯〝When I Dream〞做為背景音樂。該電影票房超越〝鐵達尼號〞並打破韓國近年來的所有記錄。
----1992年，貝魯特人質Terry Waite選擇卡蘿姬〝When I Dream〞這首曲子，做為紀念專輯中的一首，並於英國國家廣播電台(BBC)中播出。
----1991年，英國唱片協會推薦卡蘿姬之專輯〝The Night We Called It A Day (中譯:晨昏顛倒)〞，為「年度最佳爵士唱片」。
Carol Kidd是LINN旗下的台柱女歌手。也许是大唱片公司都青睐年轻貌美的艺人当摇钱树，偏偏忽略这位歌喉让人梦牵魂萦的爵士老太太，使Carol Kidd的迷人美声有缘遇到了LINN这样独具品味、精雕细刻的录音公司；也使这个名字成为天下最高贵女声录音的代名词。