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Valerie Carter was an American singer-songwriter who had a successful career as a solo artist and "in-demand" guest artist. Beginning her career at singing in coffeehouses as a teenager, she eventually became one-third of a country-folk band "Howdy Moon". Though they debuted at the legendary Troubadour in Los Angeles in 1974, their one album is now fairly obscure. It is notable, however, for the Carter-penned song "Cook With Honey", later a hit for Judy Collins, and for the introduction of Carter to Lowell George, who produced the next album. He would be a mentor to her till his death in 1979 and introduced her to Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and many of the artists she would work with throughout her career.  

 

Her first solo album, "Just A Stone's Throw Away" featured an impressive array of guests artists from the 1970's Southern California music scene. The album was well received and garnered favorable reviews and placed her as the opening act for the Eagles "Hotel California" tour. Two years later she released another album "Wild Child", and began touring with various artists primarily James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Linda Ronstadt.

In 1996 Carter released "The Way It Is", with an incredible line-up of artists and musicians including Phoebe Snow, Lyle Lovett, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and Jackson Browne. She followed two years later with "Find a River." 

 

Valerie passed away on March 4, 2017. Despite her untimely departure, her music continues to resonate with fans around the world, serving as a lasting testament to her immense talent and legacy in the realm of American singer/songwriters. Two albums have been released posthumously, The Lost Tapes and The Lost Tapes Vol 2. 

In 2024 the Valerie Carter estate and Faragher Brothers joined forces and recreated the Faragher Brothers classic hit "Never Get Your Love Behind Me" with a remarkable twist: the inclusion of Valerie Carter's original vocal from 1977 intended for her Columbia Records album, "Wild Child." The B Side is a new recording of James Brown's "What My Baby Needs Now" featuring Valerie's vocals from a mesmerizing live performance in 1976. Through this project, Valerie Carter is celebrated.  Her soul-stirring voice is given new life, ensuring that her legacy continues to live on. 

DISCOGRAPHY

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Solo Albums

Just a Stones Throw Away 1977

Wild Child 1978

The Way It Is 1996

   Find A River 1998

The Way It Is/Find A River 2017

The Lost Tapes 2018

Ooh Child: The Columbia Years 2019

Valerie Carter - Live in Tokyo 1994  2020

The Lost Tapes Vol 2 2022

 

Duet/Trio/Background Vocals

Airforce Airforce 1984

Laura Allan Laura Allan 1978

Hoyt Axton Southbound 1975 
Jackson Browne I'm Alive 1993

Jackson Browne Looking East 1996

Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Cafe 1993

Jorge Calderon City Music 1975

Eric Carmen Change of Heart 1978

Valerie Carter and Faragher Bros 2024

Cher Love Hurts 1991

Shawn Colvin Fat City 1992

Shawn Colvin Wish You Were Here 1996

Christopher Cross Christopher Cross  1980

Christopher Cross Wishing Well 1994

Aselin Debison Sweet Is the Melody 2002

Cliff DeYoung Cliff DeYoung 1975

Rick Derringer Free Ride 2002

Neil Diamond Lovescape 1991

Neil Diamond Up on the Roof 1993

Neil Diamond Christmas Album, Vol. 2  1994

Neil Diamond In My Lifetime 1996

Brian Elliot Brian Elliot  1978

Dan Fogelberg Portrait 1997

Julia Fordham Swept 1991

Jeffrey Foskett Laughter In the Rain 2003

Freebo End of the Beginning 1999

Glenn Frey Strange Weather 1992

Jack Gafford No Vacancy  2008

Lowell George Thanks I'll Eat It Here 1979

Lowell George Tribute Rock and Roll Doctor 1997

Glenda Griffith Glenda Griffith 1977

Don Grusin 10k-La 1980 

Don Henley The End of the Innocence 1989

Don Henley Inside Job 2000

Hurt Vol. 2 2007

Tom Jans Eyes of an Only Child 1975

Tom Jans Dark Blonde 1976

Tom Jans Chambers of the Heart  2015

Tom Kell This Desert City 2011

Al Kooper Championship Wrestling 1982

Kenny Loggins December 1998 

Jude Johnstone Coming of Age 2001

Nicolette Larson Nicolette 1978

Nicolette Larson Tribute Lotta Love Concert 2006

Nicolette Larson All Dressed up & No Place To Go 1982

Nicolette Larson / Valerie Carter / Lauren Wood Baby It's You 2018

Little Feat The Last Record Album 1975

Little Feat Shake Me Up 1991

Little Feat Rad Gumbo 2014

Little Feat Hotcakes and Outtakes 2000

Lyle Lovett Road to Ensenada 1996

Hirth Martinez  Feeling So Fine  2000

Keiko Matsui Sapphire  1995

Maureen McCormick When You Get a Little Lonely 1995

Larry John McNally Larry John McNally 1982

Bob Meighan Band Mr Hun 1977

Julie Miller Orphans & Angels 1993

Julie Miller Invisible Girl  1994

Adam Mitchell Redhead in Trouble  1979

Eddie Money Playing for Keeps 1980

Anne Murray Anne Murray 1996

Willie Nelson Healing Hands of Time 1994

Aaron Neville Warm Your Heart 1991

Randy Newman Born Again 1979

Ofra Haza Kirya 1992

Outlaws Ghost Riders 1980

Henry Paul Band Henry Paul  1982

Stephen Paul The Awakening  2001

Greg Prestopino Big Red Nude 1997

Vesica Pisces Halfway to Naked 2003

Mary Kay Place Almost Grown 2011

Micheal Polnareff  Michel Polnareff 1976

Bill Quateman Just Like You  1979

Linda Ronstadt Winter Light 1994

Linda Ronstadt Feels Like Home 1995

Linda Ronstadt Dedicated to the One I Love 1996

Diana Ross The Force Behind the Power 1991

Diana Ross When You Dream 1993

Vonda Shepard Songs From Ally McBeal 1998

Adam Shoemaker Adam Shoemaker 2018

Michael Shrieve Big Picture 1989

Tom Snow Tom Snow 1976

Ringo Starr Time Takes Time 1992

Rod Stewart Foolish Behavior 1980

James Taylor Gorilla  1975

James Taylor In the Pocket 1976

James Taylor New Moon Shine 1991

James Taylor Hourglass 1997

James Taylor James Taylor: Best Live 1994

Allan Thomas The Island 1989

John Vester My Heart is In Your Hands 1998

Anna Vissi Everything I Am  2000

Jack Wagner Lighting Up The Night 1985

Jimmy Webb Angel Heart  1982

Jimmy Webb Suspending Disbelief 1993

Bobby Woods Les Deux Orchestra

Warren Zevon Back In the High Life 2003

 

TV/Film

Barney's Great Adventure, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1998

The Butcher's Wife Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1991

The Devil and Daniel Mouse Animated Feature Soundtrack 1978

If Not For You TV Series Theme Song 1995

Mermaids Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1990

Michael: Music from the Motion Picture 1996

One Day at a Time  TV Series Theme Song 1975

Over the Edge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1979

  Ally McBeal Soundtrack 1998

Thelma and Louise Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1997

The Unknown Cyclist Original Soundtrack 1998

White Line Fever Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1975

White Sands Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 1992

 

Written/Co-written

And You Never Knew Howdy Moon  1974

Back to Blue Some More Valerie Carter Just a Stone's Throw Away  1977

Cook With Honey Howdy Moon  1974

Cook With Honey Judy Collins The Stories and Other Dreams 1973

Cowboy Angel Valerie Carter Just a Stone's Throw Away 1977

Crazy Valerie Carter Wild Child 1978

Deceiver Brothers Johnson You Keep Me Coming Back 1984

I Got Over It Valerie Carter The Lost Tapes 2018

I Say Amen Valerie Carter The Way It Is 1996

I'm Alone Howdy Moon 1974

It Is One Jackson Browne Looking East 1996

Lady In The Dark Valerie Carter Wild Child  1978

Love Needs A Heart  Valerie Carter The Way It Is 1996

Love Needs A Heart Jackson Browne Running on Empty 1983

Love Needs A Heart Polly Bolton No Going Back 1989

Love Needs A Heart Barbara Dickson Dark End of the Street 1995

Love Needs A Heart  The Harptones Various Everything Old is New  Again  1982

Never Should've Started Black Rose (Cher) Black Rose 1980

Nino Jackson Browne Looking East 1996

Ringing Doorbells in the Rain Valerie Carter Just A Stone's Throw Away 1977

Sea of Stars Valerie Carter The Way It Is 1996

Skinny White Pants Valerie Carter The Lost Tapes  2018

Southern Belle Tom Jans Champion 1982

Story of Love Valerie Carter Wild Child 1978

Sweat TheeSatisfaction Awe Naturale  2012

Taking the Long Way Home Valerie Carter Wild Child 1978

The Way It Is Valerie Carter The Way It Is 1996

Turn It Into Something Good Earth, Wind & Fire Faces 1980

What's Become of Us  Valerie Carter Wild Child 1978

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