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6th Annual Hollywood Film Festival®, October 1-8, 2002
Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award Honoree
Carole Bayer Sager
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Carole Bayer Sager's songs -- expressing the universal messages of hope, love and friendship -- include some of the most popular and successful songs over a period of more than 25 years. From the universal lyrics of the Grammy winning, "That's What Friends Are For," the personal message of "Don't Cry Out Loud," the fun Academy Award-winning, "Arthur's Theme," to the emotional message of "On My Own" and the spiritual message of the Golden Globe Winner and Oscar®-nominated song "The Prayer," Ms. Sager's lyrics have become part of the American vocabulary and her songs have become standards. Honors for her work include an Academy Award (six nominations), a Grammy (nine nominations), two Golden Globe Awards (seven nominations), a Tony award (2 nominations), and induction into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.
Ms. Sager's recent songwriting activities include:
- Co-writing "Try It On My Own," on the upcoming Whitney Houston Album with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
- Co-writing with Kenny Edmonds, "You Are The One" for Michael Jackson's Invincible album
- 10 of her songs will be featured in the upcoming Broadway Musical, The Boy From Oz, (the life of Peter Allen) starring Hugh Jackman, songs she co-wrote with Peter Allen throughout their long years of collaboration and friendship.
- Receiving an Oscar® nomination and winning a Golden Globe Award for Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli's duet of "The Prayer" co-written with David Foster for the Warner Bros. motion picture, Quest For Camelot. "The Prayer" duet with Andrea Bocelli is featured on Celine Dion's new Sony LP, These Are Special Times and appears on Josh Grobin's WB solo record, Josh Grobin
- Co-writing with Carole King and David Foster "Anyone At All" performed by Carole King for Nora Ephron's film You've Got Mail
- Co-writing four songs for Carole King's forthcoming new album including the current single of "You Can Do Anything," co-written with Ms. King and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
- Co-writing two new songs, "I Never Loved You Anyway" and "Don't Say You Love Me," with The Corrs' for their LP, Talk Around Corners, which has sold four million copies.
Ms. Sager is currently devoting a great deal of her time to Tonos.com, an Internet network she founded with David Foster and Kenneth Edmonds that gives access and opportunities, recording contracts and publishing deals to aspiring artists and songwriters all over the world. It is the only community of its kind online today.
Born in New York City, Ms. Sager began writing poems as a child and began songwriting while still a student at the High School of Music and Art. In 1966, still in her teens, she co-wrote her first #1 hit, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" for the English group The Mindbenders, popularizing a new word in the process. This song that Phil Collins re-introduced to listeners 23 years later, again climbed to #1, this time becoming the most performed radio hit of 1990. Neil Diamond also included it on his 1993 album, Up On The Roof.
"That's What Friends Are For" recorded by Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dionne Warwick and Gladys Knight, co-written with Burt Bacharach, Ms. Sager's former writing partner/husband, was the #1 song of 1986 and won the Grammy Award for "Song Of The Year." Ms. Sager and Mr. Bacharach donated their publishing monies from "That's What Friends Are For" to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The song has continued to heighten awareness of this critical disease as well as raise over two million dollars for research and care.
That same year, "On My Own," (recorded by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald) was not only a Grammy nominee, but also the #1 song on three different Billboard chart lists simultaneously. There had never been a time when two songwriter-producers topped two lists with two different #1 songs in the same year. Ms. Sager and Mr. Bacharach shattered that mark and more. "That's What Friends Are For," and "On My Own" topped three lists. Ten years later in 1996 "On My Own" topped the country charts when Reba McEntire with Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride and Linda Davis re-recorded it and received a Grammy nomination for best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
"Come In From The Rain," "Don't Cry Out Loud," "When I Need You," "Midnight Blue," "It's My Turn," "Everything Old Is New Again," "You And Me We Wanted It All," and "Heartlight" (inspired by the film ET) are just a few classic Sager songs.
Ms. Sager has written with a number of collaborators through the years beginning with Toni Wine ("A Groovy Kind Of Love") and Neil Sedaka (songs for The Monkees.) It was a thrill for her recently to work with Carole King, who she has always attributed with having a major impact on her career.
In the early '70s, Ms. Sager began a long-lasting collaboration with Melissa Manchester that resulted in many classic Sager-Manchester songs and a friendship that still endures. Also during that time, she began writing with Peter Allen who was to become a close personal friend whose songwriting talents, Ms. Sager believes, contributed to some of her finest songs and whose death in 1992 was a great personal loss.
Her collaborations with Marvin Hamlisch resulted in two Oscar® nominations, "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" from Ice Castles and "Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved Me. Other collaborators have included Albert Hammond, Bette Midler, James Ingram, Neil Diamond, Carole King and Dave Stewart.
Her creative songwriting collaborations in 1994 and 1995 earned her back-to-back Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for "The Day I Fall In Love" from the film Beethoven's 2nd and "Look What Love Has Done" from the feature film,Junior. Two of her songs were nominated for Grammys in 1996 -- "When You Love Someone" recorded by James Ingram and Anita Baker and the previously mentioned, "On My Own."
Ms. Sager's songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, The Doobie Brothers, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Krall, LeAnn Rimes, Natalie Cole, Reba McEntyre, Carly Simon, Leo Sayer, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, Phil Collins and even Ms. Sager herself. Her first album, Carole Bayer Sager, spawned a #1 international single, "You're Moving Out Today" and was a platinum LP in England, Germany, Japan and Australia. Two more albums followed with another hit single, "Stronger Than Before" from the Burt Bacharach produced album, Sometimes Late At Night.
Ms. Sager's lyrics can also be heard in the Tony Award-winning musical, They're Playing Our Song which she co-wrote with Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon. She also wrote songs for Bob Fosse's Broadway musicals, All That Jazz and Dancin.'
Ms. Sager lives in Los Angeles with her husband, chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and former chairman of Warner Bros., Robert Daly, and her son, Cristopher Bacharach.
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