“To those whose lives Grimes’ singing has touched, she’s one of the UK’s great underappreciated talents and at seventy-one, she hasn’t lost the power to enthral with a blues or a jazz standard.” – Herald Scotland
“Carol Grimes’ voice … [is] as smooth as silk, as sensual as smoke“- Michael Kemp
“Carol slips easily from blues to jazz and from soul to straight ahead rock. While employing a musical vocabulary drawn from a wide range of American styles, the difference between the two is also highlighted by Carol’s quintessential Britishness. Carol imbues her material, particularly her self-penned lyrics, with humour as well as gritty realism.” – Review of The Vortex
“Carol Grimes, the forthright and defiantly independent jazz, blues, and world-music singer still emits the same fierce glow that has been her trademark since her R&B beginnings 30 years ago.” – The Guardian
“a national treasure…if you had to label Carol Grimes you might call her a jazz singer (she is backed by terrific jazz players like saxophonist Elton Dean and trumpeter Harry Beckett) but her repertoire is so eclectic that it hardly seems meaningful to try and pigeonhole her at all.” – Blues in Britain
Carol Grimes has been singing and performing across venues in London for over 50 years. From the moment she heard Ella Fitzgerald singing Every Time We Say Goodbye, Grimes had wanted to be a singer. Later, hearing the great British blues singer-guitarist Jo Ann Kelly and Julie Driscoll, who was in the front line of Steampacket with Rod Stewart and John Baldry at the time, inspired Grimes further. And before too long she got to follow their example by selling out London venues including the Marquee, Klook’s Kleek and the 100 Club.
In the last few years, she has been working with the pianist Dorian Ford, doing live work and composing, and her band has now grown to an octet. The band has been exploring different sound territories, from more reflective and fragile to big band stomp, jazz, blues and roots, as well as new compositions. One of Carol’s ongoing projects is The Singer’s Tale, based on her own life story and described as “a show with a difference” and an “invaluable document”.
To read more about Carol’s work and The Singer’s Tale, check out her website here.
Text adapted from Grimes’ website and Herald Scotland reviews.