CAROLE BAYER SAGER’s songbook spans almost 40 years and contains some of the period’s most popular and successful songs. From the Grammy-winning “That’s What Friends Are For,” the Oscar-winning “Arthur’s Theme,” and the Oscar-nominated “The Prayer,” to “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “On My Own,” Carole’s songs have become pop standards. Honors for her work include an Academy Award, a GRAMMY Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a Tony Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame induction, a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Alumni Association and being honored by the LA Chapter of the Recording Academy. One of the most prolific and poignant writers in pop history, Carole’s songs have been recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Celine Dion, and Reba McEntire, among others.
Carole’s ability to accommodate her talents to meet ever-changing musical styles has given her the unique opportunity to collaborate with such diverse musical talents over the years as Bob Dylan (one of his rare collaborations), Melissa Manchester, Carly Simon, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, and Carole King, among others.
This year, Sager’s undertakings include a song “Thankful,” on Josh Groban’s holiday album recorded with the London Philharmonic written by Sager and David Foster. This will be the only new song on Groban’s CD, Noel,which is due to be released on October 9th, 2007. Carole has also penned a new song, Grace is Gone, with Clint Eastwood for his upcoming independent film with John Cusack also titled Grace is Gone. This is the first film that Eastwood has ever written a song and score for a film he did not personally direct, produce or star in himself. This also marks the second Sager-Eastwood collaboration. Grace Is Gone is expected to be released in December 2007. In addition, a sample of a #1 R&B song she wrote called “With You,” recorded by the Moments, is featured as 50 Cent’s bonus song “Smile” from his newly released album, Curtis.The bonus song was available when the CD was pre-ordered from the iTunes store. Carole also appeared as a celebrity judge this year on American Idol and her song “Don”t Cry Out Loud” was sung on the season finale.
Carole had a ten-year collaboration and close friendship with Peter Allen. They wrote dozens of songs together including #1 “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and “I’d Rather Leave When I’m In Love,” “Everything Old Is New Again” and “There’s A Lady On Stage” which are immortalized in the recent Broadway musical biography of Allen starring Hugh Jackman, “The Boy From Oz.” Carole and Peter co-wrote nine of the musical’s songs and she was the “musical consultant” on the play as well as a presenter at the Tony Awards when Hugh won “Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Musical” for his role. Carole executive produced a CD entitled “It’s Still Okay To Dream.” All proceeds from the sale are going to the “Save the Children” Foundation. The CD includes songs recorded by Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, Don Henley, Carly Simon, Sting, and James Taylor. The title track was written by Carole and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and recorded by him.
Carole returned to New York City to headline an engagement at Feinstein’s at the Regency recently, her first live appearance in New York in 25 years since she played the Bottom Line in 1978.
Carole recently wrote with Bo Dozier, Kenny Edmonds, and David Foster. She collaborated with a number of talented young urban writers through her new publishing agreement with Universal Publishing Group. A song she co-wrote with David Foster, “A Mother’s Prayer” appeared on Celine Dion’s CD, “Lullaby.” Carole’s song “Don’t Cry Out Loud” was sung on the season finale of “American Idol” and Carole was a celebrity judge this year on Idol as well. Born in New York City, Carole began her songwriting career while still a high school student. She wrote her first #1 hit, “A Groovy Kind of Love” for the English group The Mindbenders in 1966. Phil Collins re-recorded it taking it #1 and the most performed radio hit of 1990. Neil Diamond included it on his 1993 “Up on the Roof” CD.
In the 70s Carole began a long-lasting collaboration with Melissa Manchester resulting in many classics including “Midnight Blue” and “Come In From The Rain.”Carole’s self-titled 1977 debut solo album earned her a UK #1 hit with “You’re Moving Out Today,” co-written with Bette Midler and Bruce Roberts. Carole subsequently released two additional albums, the latter includes her biggest U. S. solo hit, “Stronger Than Before” in 1981. Carole, Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon co-wrote the Tony winning Broadway smash, “They’re Playing Our Song,” which was a semi-autobiographical romantic musical comedy about a wisecracking composer and an offbeat pop lyricist that ran for 1082 performances and received four Tony Award nominations. Carole also contributed music to the Bob Fosse musical, “Dancin’.”
Carole received her first Academy Award nomination in 1979 with the theme from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Nobody Does it Better,” which was co-written with Marvin Hamlisch and recorded by Carly Simon. The song hit #1 and became one of the many Sager-Hamlisch hits, including Academy Award-nominated, “Thru the Eyes of Love.”
Carole won an Oscar in 1982 for “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” which was co-written with Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen and Christopher Cross for the Dudley Moore hit film, “Arthur.”Carole’s partnership with Burt Bacharach was fruitful, both professionally and personally. As husband and wife, they were one of songwriting’s most successful teams, highlighted by the #1 song of 1986 “That What Friends Are For.” Recorded by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight, it won the Grammy Award for “Song of the Year.” Carole and Burt donated their publishing monies to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The song has continued to heighten awareness of the disease, as well as raise over $2 million for AIDS research and care. That same year, the Sager-Bacharach’s collaboration “On My Own” was recorded by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald and was Grammy nominated and topped three different Billboard charts simultaneously to set a precedent. Neil Diamond’s recording of their “Heartlight” also went to #1. With collaborator James Ingram, Carole was nominated for back-to-back Academy Awards and Golden Globes in 1994 and 1995 with “On The Day I Fall In Love” and “Look What Love Has Done To Me.”
In 1998, Carole, working with David Foster, earned another Academy Award nomination for “The Prayer,” sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. The song won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.” That same year, Carole was nominated for an Emmy Award for the opening number to the AFI’s “100 Greatest Stars,” co-written by Marvin Hamlisch and performed by Liza Minnelli.
Carole was fortunate to work with Carole King on a number of projects including their collaboration “Anyone At All,” for the Nora Ephrom film “You’ve Got Mail.” They also collaborated on “My One True Friend” performed by Bette Midler for “One True Thing” with Meryl Streep. The start of the new millennium brought a tremendous amount of new found success to some of Carole’s already very accomplished songs through the medium of major motion pictures. In 2001, Carole’s song “A Groovy Kind of Love” was featured in the film The Wedding Planner which starred Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.In 2003 “Don’t Cry Out Loud” was featured in the film Intolerable Cruelty staring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones, her song “Through the Eyes of Love” was featured in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Bernie Mac, and “Nobody Does It Better” was featured in Lost In Translation starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. In 2004 “Nobody Does It Better” was also featured in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason starring Renee Zellweger and Little Black Book starring Britney Murphy, Holly Hunter, Kathy Bates and Ron Livingston. The same song was also featured in Mr. & Mrs. Smith which starred Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2005.
Also in this time, Carole and Babyface wrote “Try It On My Own,” for Whitney Houston’s CD which went on to #5 on the charts in 2003. Internationally, Carole’s songwriting found another audience when the runner up of the 2004 season of Australian Idol, Anthony Callea, performed the song “The Prayer,” leaving judges speechless. The song became Callea’s debut single in December 2004, debuting on the ARIA singles chart at number one, remained there for five consecutive weeks, was certified four times platinum. The single currently holds the record for highest and fastest-selling single in Australia. Beyond her songwriting, Carole is continuing her philanthropic involvement and is also a self-proclaimed avid Internet surfer. Due to her vast familiarity with the “online” space, Carole was approached by the Huffington Post to write a weekly blog in the Living Now section of the post. Her weekly blog for the Post, in which she mentions some of her favorite Internet sites including those that provide her with countless hours of insightful resources on everything from finances to travel to film reviews, recipes to shopping sites and music and philanthropic opportunities to give back, offers two of her favorite Internet sites every week to her readers. As part of her two favorite sites, she always includes a site for useful information, fun, or leisure and another one that uses the Internet in a way that allows for others to “give back.” In addition, Carole has launched her own unique website www.carolebayersager.com. As part of her philanthropic efforts, Carole has donated her time and talents to write songs for a CD to benefit Elizabeth Glaser’s Pediatric AIDS charity and founded with, Joyce Bogart the Neil Bogart Children’s Cancer Research Labs at L. A.’s Children’s Hospital, to raise funds. She is also active in an organization called the “Spirituality for Kids” that works with Inner-city children and their families.
In 2005, Carole and her husband, Bob Daly, underwrote the first two years of the Los Angeles operation of the non-profit organization known as DonorChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org) which allows teachers to post the projects they need funding for and donors to choose the classroom plan that they want to fund. In 2005, when Carole and Bob began their association, this program existed in five cities. Today, it is has grown to a nationwide network. Carole solicited Morgan Freeman, Bette Midler, Sidney Poitier and Claire Danes to participate as the four animated PSA voices that have helped the organization achieve national growth.
In addition, Sager plans to become involved with an organization she found on the web called globalgiving.com. Carole lives in Los Angeles and New York with her husband, Bob Daly current advisor to Viacom, Chairman of Save the Children and former Chairman of the Dodgers and Warner Bros., her son, Cristopher, and their two dogs.