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Bill Carpenter

Bill Carpenter

NAACP Image Award nominated author Bill Carpenter was raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. A music buff since childhood, he grew up on a diet of country, rap, disco, gospel and pop music. He graduated from the prestigious Duke Ellington High School for the Arts and then earned a B.A. in history from American University.

Bill honed his PR skills as a junior press secretary for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign where he handled press for celebrity supporters of the campaign such as Judy Collins, Quincy Jones and Little Richard. From there, he served as the media coordinator for Coretta Scott King's 30th anniversary "March on Washington" in 1993 that drew 100,000 people to the nation’s capitol.

During this period, Bill began freelance writing. He was a contributing writer to the Washington Post (1991-1994) and People magazine (1993-1997). He wrote dozens of stories for publications such as Goldmine and Living Blues. During this season, he wrote over 300 articles on performers such as Johnny Mathis, Joan Baez and Sisqo of Dru Hill.

In 1996, Bill co-founded Capital Entertainment (CE) that has done PR work for artists ranging from Vickie Winans and Aaliyah to T.D. Jakes and "Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson. In 2005, Backbeat Books published Carpenter’s book, Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia, that was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2007. He also produced the Stellar Award nominated companion CD Uncloudy Days, Time Life Music’s #1 Love’s Holiday project. The Top Ten smash 'Shoutin’ Down the Aisles', and the Stellar-winning Clark Sisters’ Encore CD. Carpenter is a featured music historian in the 2011 Magnolia Pictures limited-release documentary film Rejoice and Shout that was directed by Don McGlynn who has created acclaimed documentaries on blues great Howlin’ Wolf and big bandleader Glenn Miller.


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Candi Staton: Journey From Sensuality to Salvation

Discography by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 17 March 1995

When you get that old yearningTo come around knocking on my doorYou know I'm gonna let you inBaby just as sure as sin, as sure ...

The Staple Singers, Mavis Staples, Pops Staples: The Staple Singers: God's Greatest Hitmakers

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 30 August 1996

THERE'S NO question about it. Forget the Winans or the Hawkins Family, the Staple Singers are the most widely known, best-selling gospel group of all ...

Mother Earth, Tracy Nelson: Down So Low: Tracy Nelson's Long Hard Climb Into Obscurity

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 1997

EVERYTHING ONE should do to get a big name in showbiz seems to be the opposite of what Tracy Nelson does. No fancy duds to ...

Dorothy Moore: Giving It Straight To You

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 14 March 1997

MISSISSIPPI HAS probably been trashed more than any other darn state in the union. It's been called the poorest state (which sho' ain't a crime, ...

Inez & Charlie Foxx: Inez and Charlie Foxx: A Family Affair

Profile and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 1 August 1997

A LOT of recording artists can say they've had hits, but few can say they've had a hit almost everyone knows the words to even ...

Dr. John: Dr John: Black Or White - Dr John's Shady Past

Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 10 April 1998

DR. JOHN IS as much identified with New Orleans as gumbo is. In a May '97 interview with FI magazine, Dr. John, "Mac" to his ...

Ed Townsend, Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye: Ed Townsend Remembers Marvin Gaye

Profile and Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 23 October 1998

MOTOWN'S MARVIN GAYE more so than any other male soul singer, represented the essence of the seventies. ...

Millie Jackson: Talk Talk

Interview by Bill Carpenter, Goldmine, 23 October 1998

MILLIE JACKSON'S name means a lot of things to a lot of different people. Pioneer or profiteer? ...

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