An iconic singer/songwriter, Carole King's career began in the 1950s, and she has been active in the music scene ever since, most recently using her musical talent to support various philanthropic causes ranging from the protection of wild horses to raising money for victims of gun violence. Known for occasionally touring with fellow troubadour James Taylor, King treats ticket buyers to unforgettable experiences enriched by her strong, clear voice, dynamic personality and sometimes even a high-tech rotating stage. She most recently released, "I Believe In Loving You," an iTunes-exclusive single co-written with Hal David, in May 2013.
King began collaborating with her songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, throughout the 1960s, and together they penned songs that were eventually sang by musical superstars, such as The Beatles and Aretha Franklin. However, it was King's "Tapestry" album, released in 1971, that propelled her career as a solo artist. It topped the Billboard album charts for 15 consecutive weeks and earned four Grammy Awards. A live concert album, titled "The Living Room Tour" was released in 2005 and was notable for being her highest ranking effort since the 1970s once it landed in the top 20 of the Billboard 200 chart. In May 2013, President Obama presented King with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and it was the first time that accolade had ever been awarded to a female songwriter. The coming months seem likely to bring continued successes for King. She'll be recognized as the MusiCares Person of the Year due to her artistic merit and charitable contributions, and a Broadway musical based on her life will open in late January, featuring a soundtrack of chart-topping tunes from her extensive discography.