Celebrated singer, songwriter and children's author
Grammys, Oscar, Golden Globe, four gold singles and 24 Hot 100 hits
Carly Simon’s body of work encompasses a significantly wide spectrum of activity. In addition to having recorded 22 concept albums of her own compositions, she has composed four film scores, including Heartburn, This Is My Life, Postcards from the Edge and Working Girl, for which she won a Grammy, a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar. Simon has also written four successful children's books for Doubleday, including her most recent, "The Nighttime Chauffeur." The most far-reaching of her accomplishments is the opera, "Romulus Hunt," for which she was commissioned jointly by The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Kennedy Center. The co-production was performed both in New York and Washington. Referring to the opera, a recent review in CD Magazine states, "Here is a genuinely beloved artist, with years of popularity, with a vast public that American opera composers would kill for, bringing that public to opera with an ease few composers can match."
Carly Simon was born in New York City, the third of four children born to Richard and Andrea Simon. Richard Simon, the founder of Simon and Schuster, was also a pianist and Andrea Simon was a civil-rights activist as well as a singer. All four children were raised in an atmosphere conducive to self-expression. All three girls became musicians: Joanna, the eldest, a prominent opera singer and television personality; Lucy a two-time Grammy winner for her children's album; Peter, the only son in the Simon family, is a successful photographer.
Lucy and Carly Simon, while enrolled in Sarah Lawrence College, sang professionally for three years as The Simon Sisters, and scored a hit single record of Lucy's song, "Winkin', Blinkin' and Nod," on Kapp Records. When Lucy married, Carly began singing and writing on her own. Her debut album, Carly Simon on Elektra Records, was released in 1971 and included the single, "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be." The album resulted in her first Grammy for "Best New Artist." Following this release came an unbroken string of songs, all of which were to become classics with memorable but quirky melodies and personal, literate lyrics. The list includes songs like "Anticipation," "You're So Vain," "Loving You Is the Right Thing To Do," "Haven't Got Time for the Pain," "Mockingbird" (with James Taylor), "Nobody Does It Better," "Jesse," "Coming Around Again," "Give Me All Night," "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of' and "Let the River Run (Theme from Working Girl)," among others.
Because Simon grew up in a household where show music and jazz was played along with classical, pop and folk, she wanted to do an album of her own favorite standards. The result was 1981's Torch. The album proved to be a sleeper and took Warner Bros. Records, to whom she was signed at the time, totally by surprise. Because of her acceptance in this genre, she convinced Clive Davis, president of Arista Records to do another jazz/standard album, My Romance, released in 1990. An HBO Special was produced and aired in conjunction with the album. One of the songs from this collection, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," was featured in the smash soundtrack album for the film, Sleepless in Seattle. on Epic Records.
During the 1990’s, all of Simon's albums have been released on Arista, with the exception of the "This Is My Life" soundtrack on Quest/Reprise and "Romulus Hunt," which will appear on Angel. She is also represented on the current Frank Sinatra Duets album, with two wonderful performances, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" and "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry." She also recorded a song for the album of music by The Gershwins, produced by George Martin.
Carly Simon is married to writer James Hart, and has two children, Sally and Ben by her former husband, James Taylor.