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With song in her heart, singer likes bringing joy to others

"Without a song, the road would never end, when things go wrong a man ain't got a friend, without a song."

Review/Diane DeHamer

Local singer Carol Dae has made a life-long career entertaining people.

The lyrics to this old song is very much how local singer Carol Dae feels about music.

"All my life, I always just eat, drink and sleep music," she said.

Carol was brought up in Michigan, and because her father was a professional musician, she came by her musical ability naturally. The first time she sang professionally on the radio she was only 4 years old. She sang an old Hank Williams song, "Jambalaya."

"I was singing songs by Kay Starr and Sarah Vaughn at a very young age," she recalled.

But, she admits that her favorite singer is Patsy Cline.

"She touched me because she was a spiritual singer, which comes from the inside. If you don't feel Patsy, you can't sing her songs correctly or do them justice," Carol said.

Loving music as she does, besides being a talented singer, Carol has always been fortunate enough to make a living from singing. She is able to sing a large variety of different types of music, everything from jazz, swing and big band to country/western and golden oldies.

"I'm like a human juke box, because I'm so versatile," Carol said.

In the late 1960s Carol starting working for Bob Sieger as a back-up singer, and through out the 1970s she worked at Motown and United Sound Studios as a studio singer, singing backup for several vocalists.

"I didn't know at that time what artist I would be backing up. Later I found out I had sung back up for Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder," she beamed.

In 1984 Carol, her husband Jerry and their four children – Bill, Bryan, Nicholas and Laura – moved to Chino Valley.

"We wanted to get our kids away from the big city. It was a trade off, career for children," Carol explained.

Locally, Carol sang at the Pine Cone Inn in Prescott for six years and also at Prescott Resort and Murphy's restaurant in downtown Prescott. Currently she is waiting for an audition at Disney studios in California to do Disney character voices.

Carol said that her first choice when entertaining is singing to a live audience.

"I love to watch the people light up as you sing their favorite songs. My whole thing is about the music, that I can touch somebody out there and make them forget their troubles, which is what happens, if you do it right."

(Contact Diane DeHamer at ddehamer@prescottaz.com.)

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