Paul Melvyn Carrack is an English singer,
songwriter and musician who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a
member of several popular bands. The BBC has called Carrack "The Man with
the Golden Voice", and described him as a "national treasure."
rose to prominence in the mid 1970s as the front man and principal
songwriter of Ace, and gained further recognition for his work as a solo
artist and for his tenures as a member of Roxy Music, Squeeze and Roger
Waters' backing group, The Bleeding Heart Band, intermittently handling lead
vocals on Squeeze and Waters recordings. From the mid 1980s to the late
1990s, he enjoyed perhaps his greatest success as the co-frontman (with Paul
Young) and a songwriter for Mike + The Mechanics; following Young's death in
2000, Carrack served as the band's sole lead vocalist until his departure in
2004. He maintains an active solo career to the present day.
Carrack sang some of his affiliated bands' best-known hits, including Ace's
"How Long?"; Squeeze's "Tempted"; and Mike + The Mechanics' "Silent
Running", "The Living Years" and "Over My Shoulder". He also performed lead
vocals on tracks from the Roger Waters albums Radio K.A.O.S. and The Wall –
Live in Berlin, and achieved a major solo hit with "Don't Shed a Tear".
Carrack's songs have been recorded by artists such as the Eagles, Diana
Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland, and he has served as a
session and/or touring musician for the likes of Elton John, Ringo Starr,
B.B. King, the Pretenders and The Smiths.