Carole Fredericks
American singer
Carole Fredericks
Carole Denise Fredericks was an American singer most famous for her recordings in France. Carole emerged from the shadow of her brother, the legendary blues musicologist Taj Mahal, to achieve fame and popularity in Europe and the French-speaking world. For more than two decades Paris, France was her adopted home and Dakar, Senegal was her favorite vacation spot. Although Fredericks left her mother country, she never left her roots.
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Rick Nieves Honored as Employee of the Year for Keeping High Schools Safe
Carlsbad Patch - almost 5 years
Richard (Rick) Nieves has been selected as Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) 2012 Classified Employee of the Year. He and finalists Calavera Hills Middle School Special Education Instructional Assistant Carol Fredericks and Buena Vista Elementary Night Custodian Angel Santiago were honored at the May 9, 2012 Board of Trustees meeting. Nieves will vie for countywide classified employee honors. A 1972 Carlsbad High School graduate and son of a former CUSD employee, Nieves offers a sincere commitment to his job, the District and the community. Confiding that he was “surprised and very honored” to be selected, Nieves says the students always come first. He notes, “I enjoy being able to provide our students with a safe environment; one in which they can thrive.”  Nieves, who joined the District in 1997, served as Campus Safety Assistant at Carlsbad Village Academy (CVA) before moving to Carlsbad High School. CVA Principal Keith Holley praised Nieves as “a transformational force ...
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Pamiers. Mickaël Jones est sur scène ce soir - LaDépêche.fr
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Puis, rejoint par la chanteuse Carole Fredericks, ils forment un trio qui durera cinq ans, de 2000 à 2005. Là encore, le succès est au rendez-vous. Par la suite, ils seront souvent côte à côte, en tournée, ou sur différents albums
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Michael Jones en concert caritatif - viaFrance
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Michael Jones présente Sandrine Régot avec son duo "La Demoiselle", et rend hommage à Carole Fredericks sur Un dernier blues pour toi. A noter que Celtic Blues, son dernier album en date, est disponible depuis le 8 juin 2009
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Crossover, le nouveau projet R&B de Jay et Humphrey - Marais.Evous.fr
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Ils sont collaborés avec des artistes tels que Jean Jacques Goldman, Carole Fredericks et bien d'autres. Les Poetic Lover font partie des pionniers dans le R&B en France. Après un break, Jay se lance alors dans une carrière solo, il participe à la
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Michael Jones en concert, festival de Country Music Mirande 2011 - viaFrance
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Michael Jones présente Sandrine Régot avec son duo "La Demoiselle", et rend hommage à Carole Fredericks sur Un dernier blues pour toi. A noter que Celtic Blues, son dernier album en date, est disponible depuis le 8 juin 2009
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MICHAEL JONES & LINE 7 SAMEDI 11 JUIN 2011 / 21h au Chateau Laurens Agde (34) - Hérault-Tribune
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À partir de 1983, il rejoint Jean Jacques Goldman, qu'il accompagne dans les tournées, puis avec Carole Fredericks. En 1985, il co-écrit et interprète avec Jean-Jacques Goldman le tube Je te donne. En 1986, il sort un nouveau 45 tours Guitar man qu'il
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M. Pokora nous offre des vacances au soleil avec son dernier clip « A nos ... - Zest Of People
Google News - almost 6 years
Alors qu'il a dévoilé récemment son dernier clip qui accompagne le single « A nos actes manqués », reprise du tube des années 90, interprété par le trio Jean-Jacques Goldman, Carole Fredericks et Michaël Jones, le chanteur s'offre également une
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M. Pokora : Son nouveau clip plein de soleil, le tube de l'été ! - Pure People
Google News - almost 6 years
D'abord Si on échangeait les rôles et un remix à sa façon de la chanson A nos actes manqués, de Jean-Jacques Goldman, en trio avec la regrettée Carole Fredericks et Michaël Jones, sorti en 1991. C'est donc avec ses codes à lui que M. Pokora (qui s'est
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Ils tissent la Toile. La scène et le web, les seules armes des jeunes artistes - Le Parisien
Google News - almost 6 years
J'ai commencé par chanter à l'église dans des chorales de gospel et, plus tard, j'ai eu la chance de faire des chœurs pour Carole Fredericks et Florent Pagny C'était deux contextes bien différents. Pour Florent Pagny, tout s'est joué lors d'une
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M. Pokora : Un clip très camping pour sa reprise d'un tube de Goldman ! - Pure People
Google News - almost 6 years
Quand le trio formé par Goldman, la regrettée Carole Fredericks et Michaël Jones a sorti ce single, il ya tout juste vingt ans, près de 200 000 copies s'étaient arrachées, restant dix semaines dans le top 10 des meilleures ventes de singles en France
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Florent Pagny et Azucena : Et maintenant Miami - Paris Match
Google News - almost 6 years
Il m'avait invité aux Restos du cœur pour chanter "Oh Happy Days" avec Carole Fredericks. Tout le monde m'en a parlé pendant des mois. Parce que je suis mauvais. J'écris comme je parle, alors... imaginez la suite. Mon summum, c'est "Presse qui roule"!
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carole Fredericks
    FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 48
    Early in 2001, Carole Fredericks performs with Roch Voisine the new single release L’Aziza on the studio television show, Taratata.
    More Details Hide Details Following the performance, Carole and Roch are interviewed. L’Aziza was written by Daniel Balavoine and suggested by Jean-Jacques Goldman for Voisine's new album. Dailymotion video 1999 Une femme amoureuse / A Woman in Love, Time: 4:32 Liane Foly and Carole Fredericks perform Une femme amoureuse / A Woman in Love before a studio audience for the music television show, Tapis Rouge on France2. Dailymotion.com video 1998 Personne ne saurait, Time 4:37 Carole Fredericks and Poetic Lovers perform Personne ne saurait for M6 Hit television and studio audiences. Personne ne saurait was written by Jean-Jacques Goldman and Jacques Veneruso. Released on the Couleurs et Parfums album. Dailymotion.com video 1995 Knock On Wood, Time 4:47 Celine Dion, Carole Fredericks, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michael Jones and company perform Eddie Floyd's Knock on Wood for Taratata TV5 studio and television audiences.
    Early in 2001, Carole Fredericks performs with Roch Voisine the new single release L’Aziza on the studio television show, Taratata.
    More Details Hide Details Following the performance, Carole and Roch are interviewed. L’Aziza was written by Daniel Balavoine and was a great anti-racist hit by this French humanist singer-songwriter in the 1980s. Dailymotion video Always willing to lend her support for worthy causes, Carole contributed her talents at concerts and on recordings for AIDS victims, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Amnesty International. She performed for nine seasons with Les Enfoirés on behalf of Les Restos du Cœur, an organization set up by French humorist, Michel Coluche (whose former wife Véronique Colucci took over at his death), to care for the hungry and homeless in France. Two days after celebrating her 49th birthday in Dakar, Senegal, Carole suffered a fatal heart attack. At the request of the French Minister of Culture, friends and fans, Carole was buried in historic Montmartre Cemetery. On Monday, June 18, a religious funeral service was held for her at Eglise Notre-Dame de Clignancourt, the church that stands across from her apartment in the 18th district.
  • 1999
    Age 46
    Carole ended the 1900s with a performance on December 31, 1999 at the world famous Le Lido in Paris.
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    December 2–11, 1999 Carole headlined as a solo act in Paris at Saint-Germain-des-Prés Auditorium.
    More Details Hide Details She shared the stage with invited guests: Jean-Jacques Goldman, Faudel, Allan Théo, Bruno Pelletier, Michael Jones, Kani Curry of Poétic Lover and Nicole Amovin. Liane Foly and Carole Fredericks perform Une femme amoureuse / A Woman in Love before a studio audience for the music television show, TAPIS ROUGE on France2. Dailymotion.com video
    1999 Carole followed the success of Springfield with an all French album Couleurs et Parfums in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details The album name was no accident – "I love color," she said. "It's like life, the sun, it's smiling. As for perfume, I always wear the same mixture of an extract of coconut oil and of Nocturne de Caron. That is my signature." Couleurs et Parfums was the natural evolution of an artist coming into her own. Again Carole surrounded herself with good friends and musicians – Yvonne Jones, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jacques Veneruso and newcomer, Frédéric Kocourek. Together they created a rap, rhythm and blues inspired album. Everything came together... Carole's early experiences in America and her love affair with France found full expression on Couleurs et Parfums 11 original tracks. Four hit singles emerged from Couleurs et Parfums...
  • 1997
    Age 44
    1997 Carole was joined by Maria Popkiewicz and Yvonne Jones in the studio to add vocals to En passant, the newest solo album by Jean-Jacques Goldman. 1998 Run Away Love, a single from the album Springfield debuted as the theme song to an action film Une Chance sur Deux starring Vanessa Paradis, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Alain Delon.
    More Details Hide Details Carole recorded Personne Ne Saurait, a duet with the all-boy group Poétic Lover. Dailymotion.com video The song was written by Goldman and Jacques Veneruso. The CD single generated "best in sales in its class for autumn 1998" on the pop charts. A celebrity, Carole made the rounds for talk shows and television interviews. Jean-Jacques took time out to write a second album for Céline Dion, S'il Suffisait D'aimer. Carole returned to the studio to lend her vocal support on the album.
  • 1996
    Age 43
    1996 Carole recorded Springfield, the first of two solo albums, in July 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Named after her hometown in Western Massachusetts, Springfield was dedicated to her mother, Mildred, who died just before the album was completed. "She is no longer of this world but she is always with me. The gift that I have, I received it from her," said Carole. Springfield pays tribute to those who influenced Carole's music and became her idols: Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Sam and Dave, and Mahalia Jackson. She decided to sing what she knew best: gospel and the blues. Gildas Arzel provided the music with arrangements by Erick Benzi. Carole wrote 12 original songs collaborating with Jacques Veneruso, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Christophe Satterfield and Yvonne Jones. Springfield also showcased You Had It Comin, a rare duet with older brother Taj Mahal. Recorded entirely in English, Springfield was released to rave reviews in France, Belgium and Switzerland. Carole embarked on a solo European tour with her band Les Dragons.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 37
    1990 Jean-Jacques invited Carole to join him and second guitarist, Michael Jones, on stage.
    More Details Hide Details Almost immediately, Carole was catapulted into prominence with the release of their debut album Fredericks Goldman Jones. The album went Diamond, selling 600,000 copies in the first 6 months, 1 million copies in the first year. Fredericks Goldman Jones toured extensively throughout Europe, South East Asia, Japan, Africa and the French-speaking world. It also resulted in one of the best known songs by the trio titled "À nos actes manqués". 1992 Fredericks Goldman Jones released a second album Sur scène in 1992. The album reached Platinum sales. Fredericks was asked to sing on an album project with Eric Clapton and Elton John. She sang on Runaway Train for the Elton John album The One. 1993 After the Iron Curtain collapsed, Fredericks Goldman Jones visited Moscow to record their third album Rouge. The album featured the voices of Russia's Red Army Choir. Fredericks Goldman Jones and the Red Army Choir embarked on an international tour. The album skyrocketed to Diamond status.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    1989 Jean-Jacques asked Carole to record Brother, the theme song for the film L'UNION SACRÉE by Alexandre Arcady in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details In between projects with Jean-Jacques, Carole continued to go out on tour this time with Mylène Farmer and she was in the studio working on albums for Vanessa Paradis and Véronique Sanson.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    She then toured with him for a year, August 1988 to August 1989.
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  • 1987
    Age 34
    In September 1987, Carole went into the studio with Jean-Jacques Goldman to record background vocals on his album Entre gris clair et gris foncé.
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  • 1986
    Age 33
    1986 Fredericks' determination to master the French language greatly contributed to her success.
    More Details Hide Details Not only did the language come easily to her, she understood its nuances which allowed her to sing in French as if it were her first language. By now Fredericks was singing with leading Francophone artists – Johnny Hallyday, Mylène Farmer, François Feldman, Patricia Kaas, Julien Clerc, and Liane Foly. Her reputation as a gifted singer willing to lend her musical talent in support of another artist and keen bilingual skills brought her name to the attention of pop music composer Jean-Jacques Goldman. Carole's good fortune resulted in a telephone call from Jean-Jacques, asking her to sing on his next album and tour with him. "That was a turning point for my life. He had seen me shine in my little corner; he allowed me to take center stage," said Carole. Jean-Jacques and Carole collaborated on a number of significant film soundtracks and albums projects.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    1985 In 1985, Carole was featured in the Gilbert Bécaud spectacular.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, she toured Scandinavia with Mireille Mathieu. She was cast in Je vous aime by Claude Berri and in Roman Polanski's Pirates opposite Walter Matthau. Other film roles followed.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    In 1981 she was a backing singer for Jean-Claude Pascal on the Luxembourg entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, tying for eleventh place.
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  • 1979
    Age 26
    Carole arrived in France with the hope of pursuing a singing career in January 1979.
    More Details Hide Details She knew no one. In a chance encounter, Carole met the owner of La Belle Helene at the airport. "He called his friends and I found myself working almost immediately. I started to sing everywhere. It was barely three weeks after my arrival that I was signed with Carla Music to record a disco album entitled Black Orchid." One of the songwriters for Black Orchid was another American singer, Ann Calvert. Through Calvert, Fredericks met Baltimore native Yvonne Jones. Together they formed a trio of background vocalists that were in demand by leading recording artists – Dalida, Johnny Hallyday, Hugues Aufray, Carlos and Sylvie Vartan. Fredericks was determined to learn French as quickly as possible. As her command of the language improved, engagements extended from the studio to the stage. By 1985, Fredericks was earning a comfortable salary as a singer and performing in concerts with Laurent Voulzy, Michel Berger, France Gall and Eddy Mitchell.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Carole Denise Fredericks was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1952, the youngest of Mildred and Harry Fredericks' five children.
    More Details Hide Details Carole and her siblings were raised in Springfield and educated in the public school system. Her mother who was originally from Bennettsville, South Carolina, sang with Big Bands and on Sundays was the lead singer for a local gospel choir. Her father, the son of immigrants from the island of Saint Kitts, was a pianist and wrote arrangements for jazz trios. Carole grew up in a household filled with music from around the world. Her parents encouraged creative expression in all their children. Carole's brothers and sister developed careers in art, music, dance and theatre. Her eldest brother is Grammy-winning blues musician, Taj Mahal. Her parents, who came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, instilled in their children a sense of pride in their West Indian and African ancestry through their stories. Carole never got to know her father. When she was two years old, he was killed in a construction accident, crushed by a tractor when it flipped over. This was an extremely traumatic experience for her at an early age and, although her mother would remarry later, the loss of her father left a painful void that remained with her the rest of her life.
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