Carole Bayer Sager

Johnny Mercer Award

For five decades, 1987 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy and Academy Award–winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager has been among the most admired and successful of her craft, responsible for her lyrical contributions to some of the most popular songs in the English language, including “Nobody Does It Better,” “A Groovy Kind of Love,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” and the Oscar-winning theme from the movie “Arthur,” “The Best That You Can Do.” She has collaborated with (and written for) a dizzying number of stars, including Peter Allen, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Clint Eastwood, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Melissa Manchester, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand.

Carole has written more than 400 songs. She has received an Oscar, two Golden Globe Awards, and a combined fifteen nominations, including a Grammy win for Song of the Year, for “That What Friends Are For.”  Her relationship with composer Marvin Hamlisch was the basis of the long-running hit musical, They’re Playing Our Song, for which she wrote the lyrics. Her work with composer Burt Bacharach, to whom she was also married for ten years, produced pop standards such as “On My Own” and “That’s What Friends Are For” (inspired by her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor), which raised over two million dollars for AIDS research.  Her Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning song “The Prayer,” which she wrote with David Foster, was originally recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and is one of the few songs to be sung at both weddings and funerals. Carole also co-wrote half of the songs used in in the Broadway musical “The Boy From Oz,” which starred Hugh Jackman and told the story of Peter Allen’s life.

Other hit songs include,” It’s My Turn”, “When I Need You,” ”Everything Old is New Again,” and Neil Diamond’s “(Turn on Your) Heartlight”

In October 2016, Carole released her New York Times best-selling memoir, “They’re Playing Our Song.” In it, Carole tells the surprisingly frank and darkly humorous story of a woman whose sometimes crippling fears and devastating relationships inspired many of the songs she would ultimately write. “They’re Playing Our Song” will fascinate anyone interested in the craft of songwriting and the joy of collaboration, but Carole’s memoir is also a deeply personal account of how love and heartbreak made her the woman, and the writer, she is.

A recipient of numerous honors, Carole has also been awarded a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 23 years, former Warner Brothers chairman, Bob Daly, her son Cristopher Bacharach, three step children and seven grandchildren.