Raised in the gospel traditions of her Grandmother’s house and the church she was minister for, Carroll Thompson’s vocal and musical talents soon became evident. Studying classical piano from the tender age of eight, by the time she was twelve she scored first place in the National Youth Convention with her own composition “I Know He Is With Me.” By the time she left college with a business degree, Carroll was running her own production company and record label.
As songwriter and producer Carroll experienced her first real chart success with the timeless “I’m So Sorry”
which shot straight to number one in the British Reggae Charts. With the release of singles like “Simply In Love,”
"Just A Little Bit,” “Happy Song,” Hopelessly In Love” and “Yesterday” she was quickly established as one of the UK’s finest female vocalist affectionately dubbed the
"Queen of Lovers Rock" selling over 750,000 units worldwide.
The timeless album Hopelessly in Love still remains a best seller and has now achieved iconic status, with Carroll's warm vocals and honest songwriting, symbolizing and capturing the magical era of Lovers Rock. Interest from major record companies followed with signings to Virgin Records both as a solo artist and as a member of the group Floy Joy, which produced two TOP 40 hits: “Burn Down A Rhythm” and “Operator.”
Carroll is also a featured vocalist on Courtney Pine’s UK Top 40 single "I'm Still
Waiting" taken from the reggae-Jazz fusion album
Closer To Home. The album is Pine’s most successful selling album to date, having reached the Top 14 in the USA on the Billboard Chart.
Shortly afterwards, Carroll reached Top 20 in the UK National chart singing, co-writing and producing with top club DJ Paul Oakenfold
- the club classic Movement 98
"Joy & Heartbreak.”
Carroll worked with The Petshop Boys, lending her lead vocal on the song “Let The Music Play” which was used in the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film “The Crying Game.”
Her talents as a music composer and music consultant where credited on the UK Channel Four film and soundtrack “Baby Mother” and also the UK film "Knights And Emeralds,” where the self-penned and produced "Ready Or Not" features her lead vocals.
BBC1 and 2, Channel 5, Comedy Central and others have all recruited Carroll’s skills and music production company as music consultant and executive music producer/composer. Recent documentary credits include Kings and Queens of Comedy, History of Female Comedy and History of Jewish Comedy,
and The History of Hip Hop Comedy, screened in the UK and the USA.
After a brief stint collaborating and arranging vocals for Jools Holland and creating specialized remixes with the Mad Professor for acts including Sade and Massive Attack, Carroll started a new project writing and featuring on vocals with Japanese music guru Gota And The Heart Of Gold Band.
With the success of GOTA, Carroll’s production company signed to Toshiba/EMI and released three solo albums,
Free, Full Circle, and Songbird, each reaching the Japanese top 10.
Her vocal arranging talents can be currently heard on adverts such as Celebrate Good Times, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for DHL and I’m Every Woman.
When time permits Carroll works as A&R consultant, writing and producing for new talent, occasionally facilitating singing/song writing master classes, and also “surviving the music industry” workshops for aspiring musicians.
She regularly contributes on BBC Radio London ‘Sunday Night Special” and co presents a relationship program BBC 5 Live.
Carroll is constantly in demand from new and established fans keen to hear her warm sweet vocals and to see her live, with her full band, singing classic hits and new materials.
Carroll has touched many hearts and she performs throughout the UK, Europe and Japan regularly. Her love of working with fellow musicians will often find her collaborating along side Lovers Rock and Reggae legends such as Janet Kay, Victor Romero Evans, Trevor Walters, Maxi Priest Aswad and Peter Hunnigale.
Carroll has just completed a successful European tour headlining with the charismatic Jamaican Reggae musician Luciano where, with her new materials, s/he mesmerized and entertained her fans and received rave reviews.
Carroll’s much anticipated album Feels So Good was released in 2013.
Carroll Thompson is and always will remain an enormously gifted, talented and eclectic artist.