Louise Carver (South African singer)

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Louise Ceri Carver
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Background information
Born (1979-01-10) 10 January 1979 (age 38)[1]
Cape Town
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1995 to present
Labels Sony BMG[2]
Website www.louisecarver.com

Louise Carver (born 10 January 1979) is a South African folk rock singer-songwriter and pianist.

Carver was born in Cape Town, and holds dual citizenship in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She began playing piano at the age of 11, and received her first recording contract at the age of 15. She matriculated at the Rustenburg School for Girls, matriculating in 1996. She earned an honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2002.[2]


Carver released her first single, It Don’t Matter (1996)[2] when she was 17. The single topped the South African National Campus Charts. It spent 11 weeks on the South African National Top 40 Charts, where it peaked at the number three position.[citation needed] At age 18 she followed the single with her debut album, Mirrors and Windows (1998).[2]

First for Women, a South African insurance company, sponsored Carver's 2008 Home Tour.[3]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Mirrors and Windows (1998)
  • Looking Around (2002)
  • Silent Scream (2005)
  • Saved by the Moonlight (2007)
  • Look to the Edge (2010)
  • Hanging in the Void (2016)


  • "It Don't Matter" (1996)
  • "Not Here" (2000)
  • "Play the Game" (2003), a collaboration with Kenny Hawkes[4]
  • "Sunrise" (2016), with Joe Bermudez

Critical response[edit]

Channel24 gave a favorable review of Carver in 2009.[5] In June 2010, the City Press said that Carver's Look to the Edge album "has an edgy electronic/pop sound with infusions of South African rhythms and percussion, [and] will appeal to South African and global audiences alike... This 12-track album is unique and diverse. It’s easy listening and has something for everyone."[6]


  1. ^ http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/louise-carver-6219
  2. ^ a b c d "Louise Carver," Who's Who Southern Africa. Found at Who's Who SA. Accessed September 29, 2010.
  3. ^ 1st for Women - Louise Carver’s biggest fan! n.d. Found at First for Women website. Accessed September 29, 2010.
  4. ^ *"Play the Game", Kenny Hawkes & Louise Carver. Berlin & Paris remixes. Music for Freaks MFF12035, 2003
  5. ^ Keylock, Miles (2009). "Louise Carver - The Home Tour Live". South Africa: Channel 24. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Babalwa Shota, "Music – Gospel, Louise Carver and DJ Ganyani," City Press, 25 June 2010. Found at City Press website. Accessed September 29, 2010.

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