The first person ever to record one of Carol Hall’s songs was the young Barbra Streisand. Subsequently, her songs were performed by such extraordinary singers as Tony Bennett, Barbara Cook, Margaret Whiting, Julie Wilson, Chita Rivera, Michael Feinstein, Mabel Mercer, Amanda McBroom, Lari White, Olivia Newton-John, Maureen McGovern, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, David Campbell, Tommy Tune, Faith Prince, Frederica von Stade, Kermit the Frog and Big Bird. Among others.
She’s also one of the few songwriters to have a hit Broadway show. Her classic musical THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS entertained Broadway audiences for almost five years, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, and became a popular film starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Dolly’s recording of Carol’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” won an ASCAP Most Performed Country Song Award, and the film generated an OSCAR nomination for Charles Durning, singing “The Sidestep” as the slippery Governor of Texas. A recent national tour of WHOREHOUSE starring the entertainment legend Ann-Margret, enjoyed a run for over a year and a half.
Carol also does a lot of writing for children, (Her “It’s All Right To Cry,” and “Parents Are People” continue to be favorites of generations of children). Recently she created the score to the theatrical version of the popular children's series MAX AND RUBY. Four tours of the show are presently playing across the country, after a successful debut opening Off-Broadway in December 2007.
However, her recent delight has been the making of her CD “Hallways,” which features many of her most loved and wonderful songs - both old and brand new - such as the hit “Hard Candy Christmas,” as well as the timeless classic “Jenny Rebecca.” In addition, it features her musical collaborations with Bill Evans, Steven Lutvak, Robert Burke, Lesley Gore and Tex Arnold.
But, as Carol says in the CD's booklet, “a song is not a song until somebody sings it…”
And what an array of singers she has here! In addition to Carol, performing on the CD are Amanda McBroom, Johnny Rodgers, Scott Coulter, Tim Di Pasqua, Tom Andersen, Lesley Gore, Susannah Blinkoff, Farah Alvin, Steven Lutvak, Laurel Massé, Sally Mayes, Bobby Gosh, Rick Jensen, Carol Woods and the Broadway Inspirational Voices.
“Hallways” was also co-produced by Tex Arnold, who was its musical director, responsible for the exquisite arrangements.
And it was spectacularly engineered by Bill Moss at the famous NOLA Recording Studios, NYC.
A welcomed addition to the world of song, Carol Hall’s CD is not to be missed.