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27 October 2012 - 23 September 2011
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Carroll Thompson was raised in the gospel traditions of her grandmother’s
house, and the church she was minister for, Thompson’s vocal
and musical talents soon became evident.
Studying classical piano from the tender age of eight, by the time
she was twelve she scored first place in the National Youth Convention
with her own composition “I Know He Is With Me”. By
the time she left college with a business degree, Thompson was running
her own production company and Record label.
As songwriter and producer Thompson experienced her first real chart
success. The timeless ‘I’m So Sorry” shooting
straight to number one in the British Reggae Charts.
With the release of singles like “Simply In Love”,
‘Just A Little it”, ‘Happy Song”, Hopelessly
In Love” and “Yesterday” and her classic debut
solo album “Hopelessly In Love” she was quickly established
as one of the UK’s finest female vocalist affectionately dubbed
the Queen of Lovers Rock selling over 750,000 units worldwide.
The timeless album ‘Hopelessly in Love’ still remains
a best seller and has now achieved iconic status, with Thompson’s
warm vocals and honest songwriting, symbolising and capturing the
magical era of Lover Rock.
Her talents as Music composer and music consultant where credited
on the the UK Channel Four film and soundtrack “Babymother”
and also the UK film “Knights And Emeralds” where the
self penned and produced “Ready or not” featuring her
Carroll Thompson’s writing and production skills have been
utilised by the likes of Channel Four, the BBC and Comedy Central
USA to name just a few. Recent documentary credits include Kings
and Queens of Comedy, History of Female Comedy and History of Jewish
Comedy, The history of Hip Hop comedy (featuring the likes of Richard
Pryor, Bernie Mac, Bill Cosby and many more.
After a brief stint collaborating and arranging vocals for Jools
Holland and creating specialised remixes with the Mad Professor
for acts including Sade and Massive Attack, Carroll started a new
project writing and featuring on vocals with Japanese music guru
Gota And The Heart Of Gold Band which also featured Heitor T.P.
and Ian Kirkham (Simply Red) and Drummie Zeb and Tony Gad (Aswad)
and Japanese guitar Guru Kenji Jammer. With the success of GOTA,
Thompson’s production company signed to Toshiba/EMI and released
three top charting solo albums in Japan.
Thompson’s vocal arranging talents being in demand can be
currently heard on adverts such as “Celebrate Good Times”
(Celebration Chocolates) “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
for DHL and “I’m Every Woman”.
When time permits Thompson works as A&R consultant, writing
and producing for new talent and occasionally facilitating singing/song
writing master classes and also ‘surviving the music industry’
workshops for aspiring musicians.
She regularly contributes on BBC Radio London ‘Sunday Night
Special” and co presents a relationship program BBC 5 Live.
2007 saw her entrepreneurial spirit help launch Colourtelly.TV;
‘Britain’s first online television station for black
interest programming’ created with her partner Dotun Adebayo
MBE. Primarily due to the dissatisfaction of the lack of African/Caribbean
presence on mainstream television This platform also screens the
ever popular “Lovers Rock Lounge” a program which she
hosts and produces, highlighting established and new Lovers Rock
artists singing live in session once a month. A club session and
program dear to Thompson’s heart, “An opportunity to
keep alive and breathe life into a quintessentially British Genre
which is much loved and under represented.” quotes Thompson.