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Kim Carnes

Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Carnes feels like the luckiest person in the world. She is blessed with the freedom to do what she loves ñ writing songs and performing live. With a fiery passion interwoven with a unique ability to fuse words and music, and her exciting live appearances, Kim is now one of Nashvilleís most revered writers and gifted artistic talents.

In 1994 Carnes moved to Nashville and plunged into the cityís creative stream. The decision to move to the songwriting capitol of the world was inevitable. ìI was making so many trips from Los Angeles to Nashville to write songs with different people that it just got to the point where I needed to be there,î Carnes says of her cross-country relocation. ìNashville has a great creative atmosphere. Itís a small, close-knit music community that you canít find anywhere else.î Carnes has penned three number one country songs, including ìThe Heart Wonít Lieî, a smash duet for Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. Other number oneís are ìDonít Fall In Love With A Dreamerî, a duet she performed with Kenny Rogers, and ìMake No Mistake Sheís Mineî, a duet by Rogers and Ronnie Milsap. Co-writing with top Nashville tunesmiths like Kim Richey, Matraca Berg, Greg Barnhill, Al Anderson, Jeffrey Steele and Brett James, Carnes has had songs covered by Deana Carter, Kevin Sharp, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, Lila McCann, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker and Michelle Wright. Most recently, she wrote ìYou Donít Love Me Anymoreî, a song on Tim McGrawís album ìA Place In The Sunî. Carnes also added background vocals on four of the tracks on McGrawís album. She is writing with Deana Carter for her up-coming album and has a cut on Carolyn Dawn Johnsonís current album. In spite of a busy and productive writing schedule, Carnes enjoys performing live. Whether playing concerts with her full band or acoustic in the round shows with such artists as John Hiatt, Michael McDonald, Hal Ketchum, Matraca Berg, Greg Barnhill, Deana Carter, Al Anderson, Jeffrey Steele, and Steve Wariner; Carnesí live shows have been enthusiastically received. Recently, Kim performed a duet with Jeff Bridges of ìBurning Ring of Fireî for his film ìThe Contender When time allows, Carnes enjoys taking her intimate show on the road to a variety of notable performing arts centers. From small venues like a vintage theatre in Santa Fe to a 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater in Seattle, her live performances are natural, powerful, and entertaining. Showing her versatility, she has even performed with the Nashville Symphony. A native of Los Angeles, Carnes knew for the time that she was three years old that she was going to write songs and perform them for people. Success was never in doubt. Carnes garnered her first record deal in 1972 with famous record producer Jimmy Bowen. After a stint with A&M Records, she became the first signed artist at the newly established EMI-America (Capitol) in 1978. Soon after, her duet with Gene Cotton on ìYouíre a Part Of Meî became her first top-forty hit. She then took on the unusual task of writing an entire concept album for Kenny Rogers. The result was his multi-platinum seller Gideon, which included their own chart-topping duet, ìDonít Fall In Love With A Dreamerî. Her first top 10 hit followed, a remake of Smokey Robinsonís ìMore Loveî. Then came the marvelously haunting ìBette Davis Eyesî. Winning Grammyís for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, the smash hit propelled Carnesî Mistaken Identity album to number one in the U.S. and almost every country in the world. Assured of a place in music history, Carnes continued to augment her success through the 1980ís. While releasing acclaimed albums like Voyeur (1982), CafÈ Racers (1983), Barking At Airplanes (1985), and Lighthouse (1986), Carnesí album View From The House (1988) yielded ìCrazy In Loveî, a top 10 Adult Contemporary hit, while Barking At Airplanes produced the top 15 hit ìCrazy In The Nightî. She also contributed ìIíll Be Here Where The Heart Isî to the Grammy-winning soundtrack Flashdance and sang with Kenny Rogers and James Ingram on the top 15 hit, ìWhat About Me?î. In addition, she was part of an all-star chorus on the legendary ìWe Are The Worldî recording and video. Carnes also wrote and produced the top 20 song ìMake No Mistake Heís Mineî, a duet she recorded with Barbara Streisand. Kim Carnes is a wellspring of soul-stirring lyrics and melodies. In total harmony when composing music, she loves the creative process and the opportunity to work with Nashvilleís best. ìI write from whatís in my heart,î Carnes says. ìI write what I love and have always done that. Iím so lucky to be writing and performing with some of the best writers in the world. Iím having a blast.î "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." -Kim Carnes

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