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Jean Carn

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Jean Carne attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, She received a scholarship after graduating in 1965, to attend Morris Brown College where she performed every genre from musical theater to grand opera. Carne planned on furthering her studies at Juilliard School of Music in New York when she met and married Jazz pianist Doug Carn and became a featured vocalist in his jazz fusion band. The couple based themselves in Los Angeles, California, where Carne did three early albums with her husband, “Infant Eyes”, “Spirit Of The New Land” and “Revelations”. Her work with the band garnered enthusiastic new jazz fans and brought her to the attention of the soon-to-be mega-group Earth Wind and Fire. Her voice helped brighten the group’s first two albums, “Earth Wind And Fire,” and “The Need Of Love” where she expanded her musical learning with the group and went beyond her jazz work.

In 1976, Carne was signed to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records; her debut album Jean Carn was a classy affair that merged the best of ’70s soul and jazz with solid song-writing and tight instrumental support (MFSB, Instant Funk). The debut single “Free Love” went to number 23 R&B. Though the follow-up single did not chart, several of the album’s tracks received considerable radio airplay. In June 1978, Happy to Be With You, her second album for the label was released. It included the hit single “Don’t Let It Go to Your Head.”

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