Valerie Carter was born Valerie Gail Zakian Carter on February 5, 1953, and died on March 3, 2017.
She was an American singer-songwriter.
She was popular as a back-up vocalist who has recorded and performed with a number of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Christopher Cross, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, The Outlaws and, most notably, James Taylor.
She has written songs for Judy Collins (“Cook with Honey” from Collins’ 1973 album True Stories and Other Dreams), Jackson Browne (“Love Needs a Heart” from his 1977 album Running on Empty), The Brothers Johnson (“Deceiver”, the B-side of “You Keep Me Coming Back”) and Earth, Wind & Fire (“Turn It into Something Good”, from the 1980 album Faces).
Carter released four solo studio albums, a live album and a compilation album.
Carter recorded Howdy Moon with Howdy Moon in 1974, and stayed with producer Lowell George for her two first albums under ARC/Columbia in 1977 and 1979.
During 1996, Carter returned with “The Way It Is”, covering songs by Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Van Morrison and Warren Zevon, and a Japanese live album.
Valerie Carter passed away at 64 years old.