Carol Welsman

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Carol Welsman
Birth name Carol Welsman
Born (1960-09-29) September 29, 1960 (age 57)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, Recording Artist
Instruments Vocals/Piano
Years active 1995–present
Labels Welcar Music

Carol Welsman (born September 29, 1960)[1] is a Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist. She is the granddaughter of the founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Frank Welsman[2] and the sister of composer John Welsman. She has been nominated six times for the Juno Award, Canada's equivalent to the Grammy.[3]


Born in Toronto, Welsman studied classical piano as a child. She attended the Berklee College of Music, in Boston,[2] majoring in piano performance.[1] After receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Carol studied voice in Paris with Christiane Legrand.[1] In 1990 Welsman returned to Toronto and joined the Jazz Performance Faculty at the University of Toronto, giving private lessons, and developing a vocal jazz improvisation ensemble.

In 1995 she released her first album, Lucky to Be Me, containing jazz standards and her own song, "This Lullaby", which she presented on September 11, 2004 on the Larry King TV show commemorating the 3rd anniversary of 9/11. The song was also recorded by Celine Dion on her 2004 "Miracle" album as "Baby, Close Your Eyes".

Welsman has written lyrics for Ray Charles and Nicole Scherzinger.

Her 2009 album, I Like Men: Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee, was voted Top 5 Album Pick of the Year 2009 in USA Today. On April 30, 2010 she appeared on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and was interviewed by guest host Jon Weber.[4]

With Herbie Hancock she hosted the 2000 Billboard Jazz Awards. In 2005 she was the star of a documentary, The Language of Love. Filmed in Brazil, Italy, and North America, she performed with Herbie Hancock, Djavan, and Romano Musumarra. Welsman sings in English, Portuguese, French, Italian and Spanish. A Berklee Distinguished Alumnus, Carol Welsman is considered to be one of Canada's premiere Jazz vocalists and pianists.


  • 1987: Just Imagination (EMI)
  • 1995: Lucky to Be Me (Welcar Music)
  • 1997: Inclined (Welcar)
  • 1999: Swing Ladies, Swing (Welcar Music)
  • 2001: Hold Me (BMG Music Canada)
  • 2003: The Language of Love (Savoy)
  • 2005: What'cha Got Cookin' (Ludlow Music, Columbia Japan)
  • 2007: Carol Welsman (Justin Time)
  • 2008: Memories of You (Muzak/Welcar)
  • 2009: I like Men – Reflections of Miss Peggy Lee (Welcar)
  • 2012: Journey
  • 2015: Alone Together (Welcar Music)
  • 2016: FOR YOU (Welcar Music)

As guest[edit]

  • 2009: Bande Originale du film L'enfance de l'Art, Romano Musumarra GM.Musipro)


  1. ^ a b c "Carol Welsman." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2018-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "Carol Welsman". Canadian Jazz Archive Online. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  3. ^ "Awards – Search Past Nominees/Winners". Juno Awards. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Search "Carol Welsman": Nominee in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2010, and 2013. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ Jackson, Grant (April 30, 2010). "Carol Welsman On Piano Jazz, With Guest Host Jon Weber". National Public Radio (NPR). Retrieved 2018-03-25.

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