Soul Fantasy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Damaris - Damaris 1984 Lp

Her entire name is Damaris Carbaugh. She was born on November 4, 1955, in New York City. Her father was a singer. As a teenager, Damaris and her two sisters sang as a trio. At the age of 15 , she managed to sing at a recording studio. After this moment she was in demand by producers and advertising agencies in New York. She has performed vocals on countless advertising jingles and commercials, often in Spanish, which she speaks fluently.
In 1982 she won the American Song Festival Talent Search and received a recording contract with CBS Records. The album was released in January 1984 under the name "Damaris". It was recorded at A&R Recording, New York.   

In this album participated some known artists like Leon Pendarvis on piano and synthesizer, David Spinoza on guitar, Yogi Horton on drums, Jimmy Maelen on percussion, Luther Vandross, Phillip Ballou and Fonzie Thornton on background vocals. The album produced by Deborah McDuffie. Executive produced by Cecil Holmes.
I chose to present three tracks. The first is entitled "What About My Love". This song previously was written by Patrick Moten and was recorded by Johnny Taylor in 1982. However I can say that both versions are fantastic. The second song is entitled "You Stopped Loving Me". This song previously was written and recorded by Luther Vandross in 1981. Luther helped Damaris on background vocals.
The third song "Giving Up On Love" is a nice duet by Damaris and David Simmons. This song was written by Deborah McDuffie.

After this album she sang on commercial jingles for some of the world’s biggest advertisers, including Coca Cola, Pepsi, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Minute Maid and Wrigley’s Double Mint Gum. Due to the fact that the desire of Damaris Carbaugh’s heart was to be a servant of Christ, she decided to record only gospel albums. In fact she did not want to pursue a career. For more info concerning Damaris Carbough you can see here.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

1 comment:

Deb McD said...

Thanks for showcasing this album. It remains one of my favorite projects! Winning the competition was a dream come true and Columbia allowed me the freedom to produce the project the way Damaris and I wanted! Her heart was not into secular music or the entertainment industry, which she realized when the album started to make some noise. We continued to work together on jingles in English and her native Spanish for many years and have stayed in touch through the years. In 2004 Damaris came to Jacksonville, Florida to perform live with my all city youth choir, Ritz Voices! I love the music on this album, and am glad it's still "floating around" after all these years.Rumor has it Europe is looking to re-press it. Wouldn't that be awesome!

Deborah McDuffie