Carol Peters began her singing career in the doo-wop era. She was a high school student near Portland, Oregon when she and a friend cut a record, a cover of a hit by The Everly Brothers. “We sent it off to the local radio station. And, oh my goodness, one of the disc jockeys actually played it. We thought we were on the way to Hollywood,” remembers Carol.
Alas, it wasn’t meant to be just yet. Marriage, kids and a successful career got in the way – but eventually Carol Peters returned to her passion for music. She rose from a slightly hesitant performer at San Francisco open mic events over a decade ago to one of the headliners at Feinstein’s, the City’s premier Supper Club. Today, Peters is cherished as an irreplaceable part of the Bay Area’s music scene.
“The years off were just what I needed,” she says. “During that time, I collected so many different experiences that I was able to weave into the classic songs I’ve chosen to sing – and the ones I have written myself. I’m a storyteller who is lucky enough to be able to put her adventures into music.”
Carol tells some of these tales in her original songs on her new album The Dream Café, released together with Favorites Carol Peters Sings – a companion album featuring well-loved standards and classics. On both albums, Peters is accompanied by The Retrofits, her long-time band of talented and experienced musicians. “The Retrofits seemed like just the right name for our little group,” she says. “We take music from the Great American Songbook and retrofit it in smart ways for a modern audience.”