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Tamara Champlin


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Tamara Champlin began working as a singer in Houston, evolving into a sessions musician, before moving to LA. Shortly after that, she would meet and later marry musician, singer/songwriter Bill Champlin Credits include working with Mickey Gilley’s band in the 80’s film Urban Cowboy, touring with Rita Coolidge, the Jim Carey Movie “Copper Mountain” in 1983 (with Rita Coolidge & Bill Champlin) and the video of “Heartbeat” with Don Johnson in 1986.

She also sang with a horn band called Pockets, was nominated for a Grammy in 1983 as a background singer, and eventually developed her own solo band doing original material. It was during this time she was a regular singer on the Alan Thicke show and performed during the unprecedented 13 hour concert with Paul Schaffer, Tom Scott and the entire Saturday Night Live Band, in 1988 celebrating the 40 years of Atlantic Records.

Tamara then released a solo album with BMG/RCA in 1991 in London with many of the tracks being used on her solo album released in 1995 entitled “You Won’t Get to Heaven Alive.” The title track of the album would chart in the Top 20 in Spain and “Tragic Black” written by Tamara and Michael Caruso would be number 1 in Germany.

Tamara has written with or for such artists as Elton John, Andreas Carlson, Tom Scott, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Brenda Russell, Paul Rogers and Douglas Carr. She has contributed background vocals for many others such as Richard Marx, Elton John, Phil Collins, James Brown and Mister,Mister and garnished gold records from Europe and Scandinavia.


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