“A powerful and passionate singer, Carole Fredericks wove the threads of blues, gospel, rock, soul and R&B into a uniquely French tapestry.”
Carole Denise Fredericks (Springfield, MA 1952 – Dakar, Senegal 2001) was an American singer most famous for her English and French language recordings. The youngest sister of GRAMMY Award winning blues musician, Taj Mahal, Carole achieved fame and popularity in Europe, Africa, France and the francophone world. Although Fredericks left her mother country, she never left her roots. She was a powerful singer who wove the passionate threads of blues, gospel, and R&B into a uniquely French tapestry. She began her career as a background singer for Taj Mahal, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Duran Duran. She arrived in Paris in 1979. Studio work came quickly and within a year she was singing with Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Michel Berger, Johnny Hallyday, Gilbert Bécaud, Mylène Farmer, Mireille Mathieu, and so many others. In 1990 she joined Jean-Jacques Goldman and Michael Jones to form the legendary rock trio FREDERICKS GOLDMAN JONES. Their collaboration produced two studio albums and two live albums - platinum, gold and diamond selling disc respectively - three international tours, and millions of fans. By 1995 Carole returned to the studio to add background vocals on three Céline Dion albums including D'eux, the all-time best selling French language album ever. She then recorded two solo albums: Springfield (1996), an English language blues and gospel album for which she wrote 12 of the 14 songs; and Couleurs et parfums (1999), a tour de force collection of music – a blend of the three cultures America, France, and Senegal that influenced her music, and had an impact her life.
Carole Fredericks’ catalog of original compositions and unreleased recordings are represented by CDF Music Legacy, LLC.
Qu’est-ce qui t’amene ?/ What brings you back?
Time: 4:07 / From the album Couleurs et parfums (1999)
Director: Jean Louis Carrasco
Prod. Co.: Shoot Again Productions
Rec. Co.: JRG Editions Musicales/M6 Interactions France
What brings you back? Is it love? Children? Friendship? A life together? Long lost family? What binds us to another person? Shot on location at the historic Fillmore Train Station in Fillmore, CA, Carole observes the arriving and departing passengers then imagines the story behind each encounter.
Reviews & Awards
“The music is tough-sounding blues, gospel, and rhythm and blues, showcasing Carole’s powerful singing or more intimate style. She comes across as a "prophet without honor" whose memory should be far better known than it is.”
Blues On Stage Online Review, USA
“I have said it before and I will say it again there is no musical instrument quite like the human voice. In the hands of an expert, it is an instrument without equal for power and emotion. ‘Springfield’, the first solo recording of the late Carole Fredericks is just such an incredible recording. ”
Bluesrocker Online Review, USA
Couleurs et Parfums
"Listen to this CD with open ears and, more importantly, an open heart and you will understand how Carole [Fredericks] has touched so many people through her life and ultimately through the lasting legacy of her music - Tant qu’elle chante, elle vit… As long as she sings, she lives. "
BBC Radio in the South Blues and World Music Hours