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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter; "You've Got a Friend" and "It's Too Late"

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Carole King's amazing musical gift was apparent from the time she was a toddler. Already an accomplished pianist by the time she turned 10, King began writing a multitude of songs by her early teens. She attended Queens College in New York, where she met Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, and Gerry Goffin— all future famous songwriters like herself.

She began a romantic and songwriting partnership with Goffin. The duo so impressed music publisher Don Kirshner that he signed them to his Aldon Music empire, where they established themselves immediately by writing the hit singles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles, "Take Good Care of My Baby" for Bobby Vee, and "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters.

As the 1960s progressed, the Goffin/King partnership flourished and the couple wrote dozens of hit singles, including "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" for Aretha Franklin, "Goin' Back" for Dusty Springfield and The Byrds and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees. Though she never felt out of place as a woman navigating the testosterone-heavy world of the music industry, King did realize she was different from her housewife peers.

The Goffin/King partnership came under increasing strain as the 1960s continued. Even as their songwriting matured, their relationship fell apart as Goffin's numerous infidelities took their toll. King and Goffin jointly formed a small record label, Tomorrow, but it soon disintegrated along with their marriage. King famously documented her relationship's collapse in her 1967 solo song, "The Road to Nowhere." King and Goffin divorced the following year and she officially began her solo career.

In 1968, she moved with her two daughters to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles to join fellow musicians James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, among others, in a creative songwriting community. She met Toni Stern, a female lyricist, with whom she wrote the single, "It's Too Late," a song that would later become one of her biggest hits as a singer.

By the end of 1970, King began to devote herself exclusively to singing her own songs. Although her first solo effort, Writer, would prove to be a bust, her second album, Tapestry, released in 1971, would go on to stay at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for a record-breaking 15 weeks; it stayed on the charts in some form for a stunning six years. Tapestry remained the longest-tenured album in the top spot until it was finally beaten out by Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1982. Some of the hits from Tapestry were earlier King compositions reclaimed in her own voice. She also added some new singles: "So Far Away," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "You've Got a Friend" (later a No. 1 hit for her friend James Taylor).

Her follow-up album, Music, produced a No. 1 hit in "Sweet Seasons" and reached gold but failed to achieve the soaring status and sales as its predecessor. King's next few albums, Rhymes and Reasons, Wrap Around Joy, Fantasy, and Thoroughbred, were all certified gold as well. With Thoroughbred, she reunited with ex-husband Gerry Goffin as well as collaborated with James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash.

Her last album to achieve some commercial success was Pearls (1980), which contained performances of songs written by her and Goffin years earlier. Later, King mainly wrote singles for film, television and other artists, effectively ending her career as a singer for a number of years.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a dip in her prolific songwriting, but not her active lifestyle. King has been working with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies since 1990, advocating for the passage of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA); she testified before Congress twice in support of the legislation. She also became involved in electoral politics, becoming a strong supporter of Democratic candidates John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

By the late 1990s, King was ready to launch something of a comeback in the music industry. She penned the hit "The Reason" for Celine Dion in 1997 and later performed it alongside the Canadian singer at VH1's Divas Live concert. In 2004, Cole recorded a well-received live album on her Living Room Tour. More recently, in 2007 she bridged divides of generation and genre by touring Japan with R&B star Mary J. Blige and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. In 2010, she linked up with longtime friend James Taylor for the Troubador Reunion Tour.

Over the course of her long career, she penned over 400 songs that have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists. In 2013, King made music history as the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carole King for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carole King for your next private or corporate function.
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Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter; "You've Got a Friend" and "It's Too Late"

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Carole King Biography

Carole King's amazing musical gift was apparent from the time she was a toddler. Already an accomplished pianist by the time she turned 10, King began writing a multitude of songs by her early teens. She attended Queens College in New York, where she met Neil Sedaka, Paul Simon, and Gerry Goffin— all future famous songwriters like herself.

She began a romantic and songwriting partnership with Goffin. The duo so impressed music publisher Don Kirshner that he signed them to his Aldon Music empire, where they established themselves immediately by writing the hit singles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for The Shirelles, "Take Good Care of My Baby" for Bobby Vee, and "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters.

As the 1960s progressed, the Goffin/King partnership flourished and the couple wrote dozens of hit singles, including "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)" for Aretha Franklin, "Goin' Back" for Dusty Springfield and The Byrds and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" for the Monkees. Though she never felt out of place as a woman navigating the testosterone-heavy world of the music industry, King did realize she was different from her housewife peers.

The Goffin/King partnership came under increasing strain as the 1960s continued. Even as their songwriting matured, their relationship fell apart as Goffin's numerous infidelities took their toll. King and Goffin jointly formed a small record label, Tomorrow, but it soon disintegrated along with their marriage. King famously documented her relationship's collapse in her 1967 solo song, "The Road to Nowhere." King and Goffin divorced the following year and she officially began her solo career.

In 1968, she moved with her two daughters to Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles to join fellow musicians James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, among others, in a creative songwriting community. She met Toni Stern, a female lyricist, with whom she wrote the single, "It's Too Late," a song that would later become one of her biggest hits as a singer.

By the end of 1970, King began to devote herself exclusively to singing her own songs. Although her first solo effort, Writer, would prove to be a bust, her second album, Tapestry, released in 1971, would go on to stay at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for a record-breaking 15 weeks; it stayed on the charts in some form for a stunning six years. Tapestry remained the longest-tenured album in the top spot until it was finally beaten out by Michael Jackson's Thriller in 1982. Some of the hits from Tapestry were earlier King compositions reclaimed in her own voice. She also added some new singles: "So Far Away," "I Feel the Earth Move," and "You've Got a Friend" (later a No. 1 hit for her friend James Taylor).

Her follow-up album, Music, produced a No. 1 hit in "Sweet Seasons" and reached gold but failed to achieve the soaring status and sales as its predecessor. King's next few albums, Rhymes and Reasons, Wrap Around Joy, Fantasy, and Thoroughbred, were all certified gold as well. With Thoroughbred, she reunited with ex-husband Gerry Goffin as well as collaborated with James Taylor, David Crosby, and Graham Nash.

Her last album to achieve some commercial success was Pearls (1980), which contained performances of songs written by her and Goffin years earlier. Later, King mainly wrote singles for film, television and other artists, effectively ending her career as a singer for a number of years.

The 1980s and 1990s saw a dip in her prolific songwriting, but not her active lifestyle. King has been working with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies since 1990, advocating for the passage of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA); she testified before Congress twice in support of the legislation. She also became involved in electoral politics, becoming a strong supporter of Democratic candidates John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

By the late 1990s, King was ready to launch something of a comeback in the music industry. She penned the hit "The Reason" for Celine Dion in 1997 and later performed it alongside the Canadian singer at VH1's Divas Live concert. In 2004, Cole recorded a well-received live album on her Living Room Tour. More recently, in 2007 she bridged divides of generation and genre by touring Japan with R&B star Mary J. Blige and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. In 2010, she linked up with longtime friend James Taylor for the Troubador Reunion Tour.

Over the course of her long career, she penned over 400 songs that have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists. In 2013, King made music history as the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Carole King Videos

  • Carole King - (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman - YouTube
  • CAROLE KING (Live) - I Feel The Earth Move - YouTube

FAQs on booking Carole King

  • How to book Carole King?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Carole King for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Carole King, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Carole King or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Carole King?

    Booking fees for Carole King, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Carole King, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Carole King?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Carole King for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Carole King for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Carole King or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Carole King or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Carole King is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Carole King for your event is available upon request. Carole King generally travels from Stanley, ID, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alanis Morissette, Thom Yorke, Melissa Etheridge, Sheryl Crow and Demi Moore. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Carole King for an upcoming event.

Carole King Speaker Videos

  • Carole King - (You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman - YouTube
    CAROLE KING (Live) - I Feel The Earth Move - YouTube

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