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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jean Carne -- If You Wanna Go Back / Mystic Stranger

Jean Carne -- a lady with a great voice. I had almost forgotten about her. But when one of her songs came up this afternoon, I remembered Mystic Stranger right away. A few years back, I used to play it over and again.
Her voice resembles a bit that of Phyllis Hyman's, in my opinion.
The first track is from Jean's 1977 album Jean Carn; it's a nice dance tune made special by Jean's well rounded voice. The second one, Mystic Stranger, is from her 1981 album Sweet and Wonderful.

Born Sarah Jean Parker in Columbus, Georgia, on March 15, 1947, Jean Carne's remarkable voice was first heard in the 1970s. While attending Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Carne learned to speak Russian fluently. After graduating in 1965, she attended Morris Brown College and was planning on attending Juilliard School of Music when she met and married Doug Carne. 

Carne's first exposure to the public was as a teenager in Atlanta, singing "Misty" on a morning radio show. After meeting her husband, Carne joined his jazz fusion band as a vocalist, and they went on to record three albums. This work attracted the attention of the group Earth, Wind and Fire, which she joined as a back-up vocalist on its first two albums. After leaving Earth, Wind, and Fire, Carne toured with Duke Ellington, and then went on to join Buddah Records. In 1975, she hit the top-ten charts with Norman Connors on the single "Valentine Love." Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Carne continued to record and tour, releasing such popular singles as "Was That All It Was," "Free Love," and "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" through Philadelphia International Records, and in 1982, she signed with industry giant Motown Records. In 1986, Carne joined Omni Records, which produced her first number-one hit, "Closer Than Close." Carne continued to record throughout the 1990s, including the release of a greatest hits album. 

Carne continues to tour six months a year, wowing audiences wherever she goes. She spends the other six months a year at home in Atlanta with her three children.

Carne was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 7, 2003.

Get her albums here

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