Six time Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) nominee Carol Welsman is a well known and accomplished pianist/singer who speaks and sings fluently in English, French, Italian, and Spanish. She also sings in Portuguese, giving her a special insight into the Brazilian songbook as well. She studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and has performed world wide as a solo artist, with small groups and symphonies. Her versatile repertoire includes jazz and pop. She has released 10 critically acclaimed albums and brings an engaging, entertaining presence and superb musicianship to any occasion, and is capable of providing the right ambient musical vibe, or delivering a mesmerizing performance.
Price Range: $1000 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 135 minutes
Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish
Insurance: $100,000 - Through AFM
What to Expect
Carol is at home as a solo artists and with small ensembles, and has performed worldwide with symphony orchestras. She is a versatile artist, at home with jazz and pop material. She is an expert performer and can either deliver ambient music to set the mood for an event, or take center stage and perform a show. She has the ability to swing and deliver high energy jazz and pop, and can perform poignant ballads. She sings fluently in French and English. She is polished and professional and extremely engaging and adept at relating to all audiences.
CAROL WELSMAN is an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world.
Carol, whose grandfather was the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, sang her first song, Oh My Darlin' Clementine, at age one. By the time she finished high school she mastered violin, bass, and classical piano before going on to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Carol is fluent in 4 languages. Her wealth of musical exposure gives her jazz interpretations a unique signature sound.
Welsman’s numerous achievements include the receipt of six Juno (Canadian Grammy) Award nominations. Her 2008 recording I Like Men – Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee was voted a Top 5 Album of the Year by USA Today. A follow-up album, Memories of You - A Tribute to Benny Goodman, released in Japan that same year featuring clarinetist Ken Peplowski, won a Gold Award and garnered Carol three sold-out Japan tours. She describes her latest (and twelfth) album, FOR YOU, as her most intimate so far - a solo piano/vocal album produced first for Japan. FOR YOU was released in Japan in October 2016, and Carol and her guitarist performed a successful 10 concert tour. FOR YOU remained in the Top 5 album on the Jazz Charts there for 5 months, and was the number 1 selling album at jazz retail in Tokyo for 6 months.
Carol enjoys a successful songwriting career, and has written lyrics for songs recorded by such artists as Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Ginette Reno, Alessandro Safina, Ray Charles and Celine Dion.
Carol is an extraordinarily talented musician and one of the finest vocalists and pianists on the scene today. She performs worldwide from duo (bass of guitar) to symphony orchestra, and has charmed such luminaries as President Bill Clinton, California Governor Gray Davis, Gordon Lightfoot and Stevie Wonder.
Additional Booking Notes
Prefer acoustic piano, but can bring own keyboard and small PA for vocals for intimate events. For larger events would need to contract for a sound system/engineer, depending on the instrumentation. Can work solo, or with bass, or with bass and drums or guitar. Stage plot supplied upon request.
Set list can vary depending on client requests. Sings in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Fluent speaker in the first four.
Influences & Inspiration
Singer/Pianist Carol Welsman has been influenced over the years by Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Johnny Mandel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Djavan, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin and many more.
Varies depending on client needs.
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