Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Carole Bayer Sager
in conversation with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
discussing her memoir,
They’re Playing Our Song
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School
Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
$45 General Admission seat + a copy of Sager’s book
$50 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Sager’s book
$20 General Admission seat
$38 Book only purchase (includes tax, handling and shipping anywhere in the US)
Carole Bayer Sager is an Oscar, Grammy and two time Golden Globe winner. For five decades, she has been among the most admired and successful songwriters responsible for lyrical contributions to over 400 songs. She recorded three solo albums and with Marvin Hamlisch and wrote the hit Broadway musical They’re Playing Our Song. She has collaborated with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time, including Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Carole King, among many others. She is a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and was awarded a Star on Hollywood Boulevard.
“Carole braids together lyrics the way Venus and Serena spin aces – repeatedly, miraculously – and this book is one of the best, most lasting songs she has ever written.”—Carly Simon
“Every few pages you’ll say to yourself, ‘I didn’t realize she wrote that.’”
In her memoir, They’re Playing Our Song, Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations. There are tales of her two most significant collaborations (both of which were romantic) — Marvin Hamlisch, with whom she wrote Nobody Does It Better; and for 10 years she wrote songs and was married to Burt Bacharach, during which time they wrote That’s What Friends Are For which raised over 2 million dollars for AIDS research. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the craft of songwriting and the joy of collaboration. It’s also a deeply personal account of how love and heartbreak made Bayer Sager the woman, and the writer, she is. It reveals an unexpected side of Carole, a deeply personal account of a frightened and insecure woman finding her way.
Interviewing Carole on the Live Talks stage is her friend, musical powerhouse and 11-time Grammy Award winner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, who’s written and produced more than 26 number-one hits. His triple-platinum breakthrough album, Tender Lover, launched him into international superstardom in 1989. Last year’s Return of the Tender Lover was his first solo album in seven years.
From Whitney Houston to Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin to Mariah Carey, Babyface has worked with an encyclopedia of the greatest artists of our time. His most recent productions include collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Ledisi, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande. The prolific music man counts more than 150 top 10 R&B and pop hits, 42 R&B No. 1 hits and 51 top 10 pop hits (including 16 No. 1’s). His Grammy-award winning duet album with Toni Braxton, Love, Marriage and Divorce, was released in 2014.
Babyface and Carole recently teamed up with songwriter Bruce Roberts on the Hillary Clinton campaign theme song, Stronger Together, sung by Jessica Sanchez. Babyface boasts an honor few other celebrities can: A stretch of I-65, which runs through his home town of Indianapolis, was named for him in 1999.