Kim Carnes

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Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945) is a two-time Grammy Award winning American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. She began her career as a songwriter in the 1960s, writing for other artists while performing in local clubs and working as a session background singer with the famed Waters sisters (featured in the documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom). After she signed her first publishing deal with Jimmy Bowen, she released her debut album Rest on Me in 1972.

As a solo artist, Carnes saw some success with her singles "More Love," "Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)," "Make No Mistake (He's Mine)," with Barbra Streisand, and "I'll Be Here Where the Heart Is." Her most successful single was "Bette Davis Eyes," released in 1981. The song won two Grammy Awards; Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and became the best-selling single of the year in the United States.

Carnes' self-titled debut album primarily contained self-penned songs, including her first charting single "You're a Part of Me", which reached number thirty-five on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1975. In the following year, Carnes released Sailin', which featured "Love Comes from Unexpected Places". The song won the American Song Festival and the award for Best Composition at the Tokyo Song Festival in 1976. Other successes as a songwriter include co-writing the number one duet "The Heart Won't Lie" with Donna Weiss, recorded by Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, and co-writing the songs for Kenny Rogers' concept album Gideon (1980).

Her distinctive raspy vocal style has drawn comparisons to Rod Stewart.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Rest on Me Kim Carnes 1
1976 Sailin' Kim Carnes 1
1979 St. Vincent's Court Kim Carnes 1
1980 Romance Dance Kim Carnes 1
1981 Mistaken Identity Kim Carnes 5
1982 Voyeur Kim Carnes 3
1985 Barking at Airplanes Kim Carnes 2
1986 Light House Kim Carnes 1
1988 View From the House Kim Carnes 1
1991 Checkin' Out the Ghosts Kim Carnes 1
1995 Crazy in the Night Kim Carnes 1
2001 Café Racers Kim Carnes 1
2004 Chasin' Wild Trains Kim Carnes 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Best Of You Kim Carnes 1
1992 The Most of Kim Carnes Kim Carnes 1
1993 Gypsy Honeymoon: The Best of Kim Carnes Kim Carnes 2
1994 Duets Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton & Dottie West 1
1998 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1
1999 Mistaken Identity Collection Kim Carnes 1
1999 The Best of Kim Carnes: Priceless Collection Kim Carnes 3
2000 Premium Gold Collection Kim Carnes 1
2011 Essential Kim Carnes 1
The Best of Kim Carnes Kim Carnes 1
To Love Somebody Kim Carnes 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1
1981 Draw of the Cards Kim Carnes 2
1985 Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes) Kim Carnes 1
2002 Bette Davis Eyes 2002 Kim Carnes 1

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