it may be surprising to those who know Carol as a nightclub
and cabaret performer, or to other's who see her as
Mama Morton from Broadway's CHICAGO THE MUSICAL, she
is probably most well-known for her rendition of John
Lennon and Paul McCartney's LET IT BE which she sang
in the movie ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and performed at the
50th Annual Grammy Awards - garnering her a much deserved
rendition of the song has been called stunning, magnificent,
powerful, gripping, unforgettable, legendary, moving,
inspiring and transformative.
often been asked about what fueled her emotional performance
of the song in the audition, the movie, and at the Grammy's.
what Carol had to say about LET
part of the premise for the movie is the little boy
who gets killed in the riots. And in 2005 I lost my
son in a car accident. So there was that natural kind
of connection, but there was also the fact that the
audition was going to take place around my son's birthday.
They'd asked me for permission to tape the audition
and I granted it. When it came time to finally sing, I forgot all
about the cameras rolling because I was so into singing the song,
and knowing that this child in the movie gets killed, and
my son's birthday being near - it just brought it all home to me. I really just
broke down at the end of the song.
it was not only powerful, but very spiritual for me.
When I got home from
the audition that day I had a call from my manager telling me they booked me for the movie. The first table read on the first day of rehearsal just happened to be on my sonís birthday. He was my biggest fan. He just loved show business. I believe he was walking me through this process. I had one son and I have one daughter. My daughter is my light and my son was my light.
the movie ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Every step of the way through that movie, from the moment I got the job until the GRAMMYs, which I was so elated to perform on, I felt my son walking with me.
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