May 9, 2015
On May 9, 2015, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a Conversation and Performance with Kim Carnes. Moderated by Peter Cooper, the program featured images, video, and audio recordings from Kim Carnes’s illustrious career. Carnes’s instantly identifiable voice and deft songwriting have made her an award-winner, a hit-maker, and a longtime force in pop and country music.
Her 1981 smash, “Bette Davis Eyes,” a nine-week #1 hit, won two Grammy awards, and she has written well-loved songs for Barbara Streisand, Tim McGraw, Tanya Tucker, Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, and many more. Her career has seen numerous collaborations with Kenny Rogers, for whom she and husband Dave Ellingson wrote and produced the concept album Gideon. She sang with Rogers on the hits “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer,” (written by Carnes and Ellingson), “What About Me?” and “We Are the World.” Carnes also wrote “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” a hit for Streisand and Carnes in 1985, and a Grammy-winner for Rogers and Ronnie Milsap in 1987. This program was presented in connection with the exhibit Kenny Rogers: Through the Years supported by Suntrust.