True to the theme of her new album, Carol Welsman’s travels these past few years have taken her everywhere from a performance in Marian McPartland’s “Friends” evening at Dizzy’s in New York to appearances such as “one of Oscar Peterson’s favorite singers” in the first of a six concert series paying tribute to the legendary pianist in Toronto. In 2011, the singer performed 18 concerts in Japan to a total of over 30,000 fans, mostly at venues holding over 2,000 people. Her gold selling Japanese only release Memories of You featured clarinetist Ken Peplowski and was voted the #1 album of 2009 by Jazz Critics Magazine.
In addition to touring extensively in Japan, Italy, Brazil, the U.S. and Canada over the last decade, Welsman had the honor of performing on “Larry King Live” for the third anniversary commemoration of 9/11 and closed the show with a moving rendition of her song “This Lullaby”—which was later recorded by pop icon Celine Dion (who released it as “Baby Close Your Eyes” on her 2004 Miracle CD). Throughout that year, a camera team followed Carol around the globe to film the career showcasing documentary “The Language of Love,” which aired across Canada on CBC three times; special guests on the project included Casto Neves, Herbie Hancock and Brazilian singer Djavan. In 2010, Welsman received a Bravofact grant to shoot a music video entitled (like her Peggy Lee album) “I Like Men,” in which she interviewed eight men who revealed their secrets about love. In addition to her success in the traditional jazz world, the singer has been a popular force in smooth jazz as well, and has won several Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards (since renamed the WAVE Awards), including Female Vocalist of the Year (2010) and Album of the Year for her self-titled Jimmy Haslip produced album in 2008.