b. Carolyn Elizabeth Thompson, 14 March 1953, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Born into a noted showbusiness family, Thompson first appeared at the age of nine in performances built around her father whose children’s television show, Wallace And Ladmo, ran for more than three decades. In her teenage years she worked in the theatre, mostly in administrative posts, and in 1973 moved to Seattle where she worked for Nintendo, again in an administrative capacity. However, she had ambitions for a career as a performing artist and in 1980 recorded two albums as a singer, using the name Carrie Thompson that was also the title of the first album. Her second album, for CBS Records, was not released owing to label ownership changes. At the start of the 90s she formed a songwriting team with Gene McDaniels, one result being ‘Meet Me On The Moon’, a track from Phyllis Hyman’s 1991 gold-selling Prime Of My Life.
In 1996, the team started Numoon Disc Company with the avowed intention of producing ‘elegant music for intelligent people’. Among their first recordings was the first time, for which Thompson used the name Carri Coltrane (the album was re-released in 1999 on Accurate Records). During this period, in addition to establishing herself as a performer and record producer, Thompson also wrote songs and arrangements for several singers, including Diane Schuur, Roberta Flack and Nancy Wilson. In performance, she has a rich and tuneful singing voice and often creates an engaging air of understatement to her material. Her heartfelt interpretation of lyrics makes her an ideal jazz-inflected balladeer.