Carol Grimes

Born in England, vocalist Grimes first gained prominence in 1969 with the blues group Delivery, which soon evolved into a more experimental ensemble. Despite releasing only one album before disbanding, this early experience paved the way for Grimes’ solo ventures. In 1972, she formed Uncle Dog, a group that showed promise but ultimately did not meet expectations, leading Grimes to resume her solo career. Her 1974 solo album ‘Warm Blood’ showcased her powerful voice, featuring contributions from members of Area Code 615 and the Average White Band, although it didn’t fully capture her immense talent. A subsequent album recorded in Memphis included notable collaborators such as the Brecker Brothers, the Memphis Horns, Duck Dunn, and Willie Hall, marking a more cohesive effort.

Throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s, Grimes worked with bands like Sweet F.A. and Carol And The Crocodiles, while also maintaining a busy schedule as a session vocalist. In 1984, she founded Eyes Wide Open, releasing several acclaimed albums on the Line label. Expanding her repertoire, Grimes ventured into music theatre and education, leading private vocal workshops and earning an MA in Voice Movement Therapy. In the late ’90s, she joined the vocal choir The Shout, a project by songwriters Orlando Gough and Richard Chew, adding to her diverse musical contributions. Despite being underrated, Grimes continues to enjoy a robust career, performing, recording, and maintaining considerable popularity in Europe.