Valerie Carter

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Valerie Carter
Birth name Valerie Gail Zakian Carter
Born (1953-02-05) February 5, 1953 (age 63)
Genres Rock & Roll, Soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1974–present
Labels ARC, Columbia Records
Associated acts James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Newton Howard, Don Henley

Valerie Carter, born Valerie Gail Zakian Carter on February 5, 1953, to James J and Dorothy Carter, is an American singer-songwriter. Carter is perhaps best known as a back-up vocalist who has recorded and performed with a number of artists including Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Linda Ronstadt, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, The Outlaws and, most notably, James Taylor.

Carter has written songs for Judy Collins ("Cook with Honey" from Collins' 1973 album True Stories and Other Dreams), Jackson Browne ("Love Needs a Heart" from his 1977 album Running on Empty) and "Turn It into Something Good" (from Earth, Wind & Fire's 1980 album Faces) to name but three.

She has released four solo studio albums, a live album and a compilation album.

She recorded with Howdy Moon, produced by Lowell George, her two first albums in ARC/Columbia in 1977 and 1979, and sang for Jackson Browne, Earth Wind & Fire, Christopher Cross and, mainly, James Taylor's album and tours. In 1996 Carter returned with "The Way It Is" covering several friends' songs (by Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison, and Warren Zevon) and a Japanese live album.

Later years[edit]

In August and October 2009, Carter was arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida for possession of drugs.[1] She successfully completed all of the court's requirements and she became a graduate of Judge Dee Anna Farnell's "drug court" program on May 25, 2011.[1] Her sometime employer, American singer-songwriter James Taylor, appeared at her "drug court" graduation ceremonies in a congratulatory effort on behalf of all of the graduates.[1]


As member of the group Howdy Moon[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Just a Stone's Throw Away (single "O-o-h Child") — 1977
  • Wild Child — 1978
  • The Way It Is — 1996 (reissued in 2006 with different track list)
  • Find a River — 1998 (5 track EP)

Live albums[edit]

  • Midnight Over Honey River — 2003 (2xCD)


  • Vanilla Grits — 2001

Backing vocal credits (select)[edit]

Song-writing credits (select)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Lane DeGregory (May 26, 2011). "Drug court grads have a friend — James Taylor". Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Recording's credits
  3. ^ Recording's credits
  4. ^ Discogs.

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