Carol Welsman – Host of Sketches, Saturdays at noon
Internationally renowned vocalist/pianist Carol Welsman is a six-time Juno Award nominee (Canadian Grammy). Carol has 12 albums to her credit. Her latest solo piano/vocal album “FOR YOU” was the number selling album at retail in Japan for six months following its release in 2016, and reached number four in the jazz charts. Volume two of this solo project will be released in Japan in the Spring of 2019.
Welsman is the granddaughter of Frank Welsman, founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Her album “I LIKE MEN- Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee”, was voted Top 5 album of the year in USA Today (all genres) in 2010. Carol has performed for such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Gordon Lightfoot, Herbie Hancock (duet) and President Bill Clinton. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently and also records in these languages.
Carol has toured the world performing from trio to big band to Pops symphony orchestra concerts, captivating audiences and receiving standing ovations. She has enjoyed much of her career success in Japan and Canada. A “Distinguished Alumnus” of Berklee College of Music, Carol is also a prolific song-writer and her songs have been recorded by such artists as Celine Dion, Ray Charles and Chrissy Hinde.
“At a time when female jazz singers have been arriving in waves, she is that rarity – an authentic vocal/instrumental artist who brings an irresistible blend of musicality and lyrical insight to everything she touches.” Don Heckman, L.A. Times