Bachar at the premiere of 27 Dresses, 2008
|Birth name||Carmit Maile Bachar|
|Also known as||Foxy Doll|
|Born||September 4, 1974|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer, dancer, model, actress, showgirl|
|Associated acts||The Pussycat Dolls|
Carmit Maile Bachar (Hebrew: כרמית בכר; born September 4, 1974), known professionally as Carmit, is an American-Indonesian-Israeli singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She is a member of Pussycat Dolls. She is married to longtime partner Kevin Whitaker and gave birth to Keala Rose on September 18, 2011.
Bachar was born in Los Angeles, her father is of Jewish Israeli descent and her mother is of Indonesian, Dutch and Chinese descent. She was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. She was raised in Encino, California. Both parents were dancers; her mother worked as a dance teacher at Bancroft Middle School of Performing Arts and her father worked with Elvis Presley and Marcel Marceau. Bachar competed internationally as a rhythmic gymnast for 10 years, and placed 5th in the U.S. Olympic trials in 1992. During her career competing on the U.S. National Team, she attended Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, studying music, dance, piano and viola. But throughout the years of talent, she endured the years of cleft surgery and was also the victim of bullying.
The Pussycat Dolls
Bachar joined the Pussycat Dolls in 1995 while they were a burlesque show. In 2002, she brought her friend Gwen Stefani to perform at the Pussycat Dolls show. Stefani brought along Interscope's Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine. Later, the Dolls got signed at Interscope Records.
Carmit was a member of the Pussycat Dolls longer than any other performer being that she started in 1995 with the Burlesque show and left in 2008 after five years with the recording group. She was also the first doll to be signed into the recording group. Most of the then members, including lead singer Nicole Scherzinger and back-up singer Melody Thornton, were cast by co-founder Robin Antin in 2003, when the group was being transformed into pop recording artists.
In 2006 and 2007, she toured with the Dolls in support of their multi-million selling album PCD. She was one of the three lead vocalists in the group, and had lead parts in the songs "Beep", "Buttons", "I Don't Need a Man", "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)", "Right Now" and "Tainted Love", "Fever", "Whole Lotta Love", among others.
In February 2008, reports surfaced that she was leaving the Pussycat Dolls to pursue solo projects. On March 8, 2008, Bachar officially announced her departure from the Pussycat Dolls on the group's official website.
Thornton gave Bachar special thanks in the 'Thank You' section of the Pussycat Dolls' second album Doll Domination.
In November 2019, it was announced that the group had reformed and were going on a reunion tour in 2020. On December 5th, Bachar and Jessica Sutta announced during an interview with Entertainment Tonight that a new album was in the works.
On February 7th 2020, the group's comeback single, "React" was released.
Actress and dancer
As a freelance dancer she has toured or appeared live with several rock/pop acts. In 1999 and 2000, she was the "Livin' La Vida Loca" woman in Ricky Martin's world tour. In 2003 No Doubt's world tour, and appears on stage with Gwen Stefani during "Bathwater" in No Doubt's DVD Rock Steady Live. In 2001, she was a dancer for Aaliyah's music video "Rock the Boat". In 2004 she was a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson during the infamous Super Bowl half-time show. In 2004, she was a dancer for Beyoncé's tours and appears on Her 2004 DVD Live at Wembley. She appeared in more than 21 music videos including Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution", Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny", Wyclef Jean's "Perfect Gentleman", the Black Eyed Peas's "Shut Up", Michael Jackson's "Blood On The Dance Floor", Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat", the Offspring's "Why Don't You Get a Job?", and also Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
The Zodiac Show
In 2001 in Los Angeles, Bachar, Lee Cherry, Scarlett Cherry and others started an 'underground' nightclub called Freedom. This became the occasional "multi-genre cabaret" which was first held at the Hollywood Athletic Club, then The Key Club. As of 2006, Bachar is still co-producing the event, which is now called The Zodiac Show. In August 2008 it was reported that Bachar will be doing another Zodiac Show, which she described as "a rock 'n' roll version of Cirque Du Soleil". The 2008 show was a success and The Zodiac Show may tour outside of the US.
It has been reported that she wishes to form a non-profit organization called "Smile With Me": "I want to have my own charity for children and adults who are born with a cleft palate. I was born with one and I want to educate and inspire people by saying that inner beauty is more important than looks."
Bachar is an ambassador of "Operation Smile", a worldwide children's medical charity that helps improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with facial deformities. In November 2007, she participated in an Operation Smile international medical mission in Bolivia, where she and her team organized creative stations for the kids like face and body painting, bookmaking, music and dance.
Solo music and LadyStation
Bachar is featured in the 2007 song "Lo-Down" by Storm Lee on his album Soulfillapopkilla. Meanwhile, she recorded background vocals for Macy Gray's album Big. She also collaborated with Vikter Duplaix on an upcoming song of his.
Bachar recorded background vocals for a single by Macy Gray, called "Beauty in the World".
In an interview with E! from March 2008, she mentioned that she wants to release a solo album in the future. In another interview with Savvy.com she said she worked with Macy Gray and that her album will be released in 2009. In June 2008, a song called "Carmasutra" appeared on Bachar's MySpace. She confirmed in her blog that it's an older demo song. In December 2008, an unfinished version of "Overrated" was leaked. In June 2009, she performed a new song called "Fierce" in nightclubs. It was produced by Jared Lee Gosselin, and written by Carmit Bachar, Kay Cola and Che'Nelle. Other producers she worked with are among others Justin Michael, Phillipe Bianco, Leo Mellace and Steve Catizone. Bachar's album was set to be released in early or mid-2010.
In the September 2009 issue of Kee Magazine, Bachar revealed that her album will be titled "Formerly Of...".
"It’s obviously a statement about life. You’re formerly of yourself, formerly of a relationship, and I’m formerly of... Each song is about something personal, a story of something I’m formally of."
On 18. March 2010, rapper Detroit Diamond released an EP which featured a track with Bachar titled "Something 'Bout You", as well as her solo songs "Fierce" and "Cream". The EP, produced by Jared Lee Gosselin, is available on HMV.com.hk and also on iTunes and Amazon as digital download. A music video for the song "Keep On Smiling" will be released in 2012.[needs update]
With the LadyStation she released their debut song "Body In Motion" in 2011. In July 2012, the duo released a single "Motivation" with DJ Paul Thomas.
On February 24, 2017, Bachar release her first official single "It's Time" under her stage name "Carmit".
|Album Titles||Album Details||Tracklist|
|Detroit Diamond Feat. Carmit
(with Detroit Diamond)
|Voices (with LadyStation)||
|It's Time||2017||Non-Album Single|
|Keep On Smiling (with Open Artist Movement)||2010||We Are Golden - Mixtape|
|Body in Motion (with LadyStation)||2011||Non-Album Single|
|Loud (with LadyStation)||2012|
As featured artist
|Something 'bout You||2010||Detroit Diamond||Detroit Diamond Feat. Carmit - EP
|Motivation(with LadyStation)||2012||Paul Thomas||Non-Album Single|
As backing vocalist
|The Sellout||2010||Macy Gray||The Sellout|
|Kissed It||Macy Gray(feat.Velvet Revolver)|
|Beauty In The World||Macy Gray|
As solo artist
|2012||"Keep On Smiling"||Carmit Bachar||Voyeur Productions|
|1997||"Blood on the Dancefloor"||Michael Jackson||dancer|
|"One Week"||Barenaked Ladies||dancer/angel|
|1999||"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"||The Offspring||dancer|
|"Why Don't You Get a Job?"||The Offspring||stressed wife|
|"Take Me There"||Mýa feat. Blackstreet & Mase||dancer|
|"You Need a Man||Shanice||dancer|
|"Every Morning"||Sugar Ray||dancer|
|"All n My Grill"||Missy Elliott||dancer|
|2000||"You're an Ocean"||Fastball||dancer|
|2001||"Perfect Gentleman"||Wyclef Jean||dancer|
|"Ain't It Funny"||Jennifer Lopez||gypsy dancer|
|"Rock the Boat"||Aaliyah||dancer|
|"Sexual Revolution"||Macy Gray||dancer|
|2002||"Hey Baby"||No Doubt||dancer|
|2003||"Crazy In Love"||Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z||dancer|
|"Baby Boy"||Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul||dancer|
|"Shut Up"||The Black Eyed Peas||dancer|
|2009||"Snap, Crackle, Pop"||Chonique Sneed||herself|
|2010||"Nancy Lee"||Vintage Trouble||herself|
|1999-2000||Ricky Martin||Livin' la Vida Loca World Tour||Livin' La Vida Loca Woman|
|2003||No Doubt||Rock Steady Life||appeared during "Bathwater"|
|2004||Janet Jackson||infamous Super Bowl half-time show||Back Up Dancer|
|Beyoncé||Live at Wembley||Dancer|
|2006-2007||Pussycat Dolls||PCD World Tour||Herself|
Other recording songs
|Cupid||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy, Mika Lett, Phillip White)|
|Love is A Weapon||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Phillip White)|
|Me||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Mika Lett, Phillip White)|
|Go Hard or Go Home||(Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy, Mika Lett, Leah Turner, Phillip White)|
Awards and nominations
|Grammy Awards||Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||"Stickwitu"||Nominated|
- Carmit [@therealCarmit] (19 September 2011). "The journey was long but our precious baby girl has arrived. My fiance Kevin Whitaker & I would love to introduce 'Keala Rose' born 9/18/11" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "HeartFM Pussycat Dolls reunion confirmed". November 29, 2019.
- "'React' New Single". Retrieved 7 February 2020.
- "Celebs". AskMen. Archived from the original on 9 March 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Celebrity Ambassador Carmit Bachar. OperationSmile.org. Archived December 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Smith, Julia Llewellyn (28 April 2013). "Pussycat Dolls: 'I was angry about my deformity and felt anything but sexy'".
- "Dear Fans". Pussycat Dolls. 2008-03-08. Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
- "HeartFM Pussycat Dolls reunion confirmed". 2019-11-29.
- "New Album Coming". ET.
- Carmit Bachar on IMDb
- "Bachar Quits Pussycat Dolls". Showbiz Spy. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- Beverley Lyons, October 16, 2006. Carmite Doing Her Bit For Charity Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. The Daily Record
- "Carmit Bachar, smile ambassador". Archived from the original on 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
- October 12, 2007. Operation Smile Announces New Smile Ambassadors Archived 2007-10-24 at the Wayback Machine. Trans World News
- November 9, 2007. Operation Smile Ambassador Carmit Bachar Visits Bolivia Archived 2007-11-25 at the Wayback Machine. World Journey of Smiles
- [dead link]
- Carmit [@therealCarmit] (11 May 2009). "really excited about this new music....working with some hot mofos! Whitey & Jared are the s#$% & luv sum Dinezee! xo u Mika mamcita!!!!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Sanctum L.A. Recording Studio - Profile on Los Angeles Recording Studio Sanctum L.A." Web.archive.org. 9 March 2009. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Kee Magazine interview". Carmitbachar.net. 2010-03-28. Archived from the original on 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "Detroit Diamond Feat. Carmit Limited Edition EP". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
- VOYEURIZED [@VOYEURIZED] (2 April 2010). "Prepping for filming with @iamcarmit today! First day for "Keep On Smiling"! @davynathan @guybaruch. A beautiful song with PURPOSE!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Carmit Bachar - Artist". The Recording Academy. Retrieved November 10, 2017.