RANDY L. SCHMIDT
Randy L. Schmidt has taught music in Texas public schools for 20 years. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter, a New York Times Editor's Choice and Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and editor of Yesterday Once More: The Carpenters Reader.
Randy has served as creative consultant for several television documentaries on the Carpenters, including the E! "True Hollywood Story," A&E's "Biography," and VH1's "Behind the Music." More recently, he contributed to "Karen Carpenter: Goodbye to Love" and "Autopsy: The Last Hours of Karen Carpenter", both produced for ITV in the UK and Reelz TV in the US.
Long ago, and, oh, so far away, Randy coordinated the Carpenters 30th Anniversary Celebration in Downey, CA.
Journalist-biographer Tom Nolan met Karen and Richard Carpenter in 1974 when he wrote a cover story about them (“Up from Downey”) for Rolling Stone. He later interviewed them for A&M’s publication Compendium and did the liner notes for their 1977 LP Passage. Mr Nolan has written books about the novelist Ross Macdonald and the musician Artie Shaw.
Paul Grein is one of the leading writers and historians covering popular music. He writes, or has written, for such outlets as HitsDailyDouble.com, Yahoo.com, Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, Grammy.com, Musician, Goldmine, Tower Pulse, the Orange County Register and The Tolucan Times.
Grein interviewed the Carpenters twice in 1981 for features in Billboard and the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the liner notes for five Carpenters collections released between 1987 and 2000 - Classics Volume 2, Interpretations: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, Christmas Collection, Yesterday Once More and Singles 1969-1981.
In non-Carpenters-related pursuits, Grein co-wrote an American Music Awards special for ABC-TV. He has written liner notes for more than 100 albums or box sets by such artists as Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, the 5th Dimension, the Mamas & the Papas, Petula Clark, Bobby Darin, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Olivia Newton-John. He wrote the notes for the Grammy-nominated box set Have A Nice Decade. He also wrote the notes for Have A Nice Day and Didn’t It Blow Your Mind, long-running series devoted to ‘70s pop and R&B. His work is also featured in box sets dedicated to Oscar-winning songs (The Envelope Please…Academy Award Winning Songs 1934-1993), Motown classics (Hitsville U.S.A.) and the songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David (The Look Of Love).
In addition to serving as principle oboe and English horn with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and principle oboe with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Earle has recorded with Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Diana Krall, Burt Bacharach, the Carpenters and many others.
He has worked on nearly 1500 motion picture scores and numerous television shows.
Gayle began her musical studies at the age of three on the piano. At the age of eleven, she was introduced to the harp, and took to it instantly.
She is known as the harpist who can improvise after the main music has been recorded, and adds her own personal touch to every project. She has worked with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, the Carpenters, Joni Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Barbra Streisand and many others.
Gayle has also worked extensively in the film and television industries and enjoyed 20 years playing for the Academy Awards.
Gayle is the first woman to serve as President of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC). This wonderful organization is celebrating its 80th year since its inception. This position keeps her incredibly busy in addition to her active recording schedule.