Carmit Bachar (Hebrew: כרמית בכר; born September 4, 1974) is an American singer, dancer, model, actress and showgirl. She was a member of the successful pop/R&B group, thePussycat Dolls and one of the main vocalists of the group, along with Nicole Scherzinger and Melody Thornton. Bachar left the group in February 2008. She is currently engaged and gave birth to a baby girl named Keala Rose on September 18, 2011. She is currently a member of electro/pop duo called LadyStation.
Early life[edit source | edit]Edit
Bachar was born in Los Angeles, her father is of Jewish Israeli and Indonesian descent, while her mother is of Dutch and Chinese descent. She was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.She was raised in Encino, California. Both parents were dancers; her mother worked as a dance teacher at Bancroft Middle School of Performing Arts and her father worked with Elvis Presleyand Marcel Marceau. Bachar competed internationally as a rhythmic gymnast for 10 years, and placed 5th in the U.S. Olympic trials in 1992. During her career competing on the U.S. National Team, she attended Hamilton Academy of Music in Los Angeles, studying music, dance, piano and viola.
Pussycat Dolls[edit source | edit]EditMain article: Pussycat DollsCarmit with the Pussycat Dolls
Bachar joined the Pussycat Dolls in 1995 while they were a burlesque show. In 2002, she brought her friend Gwen Stefani to perform at the Pussycat Dolls show. Stefani brought alongInterscope's Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine. Later, the Dolls got signed at Interscope Records.
Carmit was a member of the Pussycat Dolls longer than any other performer being that she started in 1995 with the Burlesque show and left in 2008 after seven years with the recording |group. She was also the first doll to be signed into the recording group in 2001. Most of the then members, including lead singer Nicole Scherzinger (left in late 2010) and Melody Thornton(taken out in mid-2010), were cast by co-founder Robin Antin in 2002 and 2003, when the group was being transformed into pop recording artists. As with the other Dolls, she was a salaried employee of Interscope Records.
In 2006 and 2007, she toured with the Dolls in support of their multi-million selling album PCD. She was one of the three lead vocalists in the group, and had lead parts in the songs "Beep", "Buttons", "I Don't Need a Man", "Hot Stuff (I Want You Back)", "Right Now" and "Tainted Love", "Fever", "Whole Lotta Love", among others.
In February 2008, reports surfaced that she was leaving the Pussycat Dolls to pursue solo projects. On March 8, 2008, Bachar officially announced her departure from the Pussycat Dolls on the group's official website.
Thornton gave Bachar special thanks in the 'Thank You' section of the Pussycat Dolls' second album Doll Domination.
Solo career[edit source | edit]Edit
Dancer/solo singer/actress[edit source | edit]Edit
As a freelance dancer she has toured or appeared live with several rock/pop acts. In 1999 and 2000, she was the "Livin' La Vida Loca" woman in Ricky Martin's world tour. In 2003 No Doubt's world tour, and appears on stage with Gwen Stefani during "Bathwater" in No Doubt's DVD Rock Steady Live. In 2001, she was a dancer for Aaliyah's music video "Rock the Boat". In 2004 she was a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson during the infamous Super Bowl half-time show. In 2004, she was a dancer for Beyoncé's tours and appears on Her 2004 DVD Live at Wembley. She appeared in more than 21 music videos including Macy Gray's "Sexual Revolution", Jennifer Lopez's "Ain't It Funny", Wyclef Jean's "Perfect Gentleman", The Black Eyed Peas's "Shut Up", Michael Jackson's "Blood On The Dance Floor", Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat", The Offspring's "Why Don't You Get a Job?", and also Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
The Zodiac Show[edit source | edit]Edit
In 2001 in Los Angeles, Bachar, Lee Cherry, Scarlett Cherry and others started an 'underground' nightclub called Freedom. This became the occasional "multi-genre cabaret" The Zodiac Party which was first held at the Hollywood Athletic Club, then The Key Club. As of 2006, Bachar is still co-producing the event, which is now called The Zodiac Show. In August 2008 it was reported that Bachar will be doing another Zodiac Show, which she described as "a rock 'n' roll version of Cirque Du Soleil". The 2008 show was a huge success, and there will be another show in early 2010. The Zodiac Show may tour outside of the USA.
Charity[edit source | edit]Edit
It has been reported that she wishes to form a non-profit organization called "Smile With Me": "I want to have my own charity for children and adults who are born with a cleft palate. I was born with one and I want to educate and inspire people by saying that inner beauty is more important than looks."
Bachar is an ambassador of "Operation Smile", a worldwide children’s medical charity that helps improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with facial deformities. In November 2007, she participated in an Operation Smile international medical mission in Bolivia, where she and her team organized creative stations for the kids like face and body painting, bookmaking, music and dance.
Solo music/LadyStation (2011-present)[edit source | edit]Edit
Formerly Of...[edit source | edit]Edit
In an interview with E! from March 2008, she mentioned that she wants to release a solo album in the future. In another interview with Savvy.com she said she worked with Macy Gray and that her album will be released in 2009. In June 2008, a song called "Carmasutra" appeared on Bachar's Myspace. She confirmed in her blog that it's an older demo song. In December 2008, an unfinished version of "Overrated" was leaked. In June 2009, she performed a new song called "Fierce" in nightclubs. It was produced by Jared Lee Gosselin, and written by Carmit Bachar, Kay Cola and Che'Nelle. Other producers she worked with are among others Justin Michael, Phillipe Bianco, Leo Mellace and Steve Catizone. Bachar's album is set to be released in early or mid-2010. In the September 2009 issue of Kee Magazine, Bachar revealed that her album will be titled "Formerly Of...".
|“||“It’s obviously a statement about life. You’re formerly of yourself, formerly of a relationship, and I’m formerly of... Each song is about something personal, a story of something I’m formally of.”||”|
It was confirmed in the same interview that "Cream" would be the first single released from the album.
A music video for the song "Keep On Smiling" will be released in 2012.
With the LadyStation she released their debut song "Body In Motion" in 2011. In July 2012 duo released a single "Motivation" with DJ Paul Thomas. Their another song "Loud" was released late in 2012.
- Songs recorded for the solo album
|1||Fierce||4:23||(Carmit Bachar, Che'Nelle, Kristen Ashley Cole, Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy)|
|2||Cupid||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy, Mika Lett, Phillip White)|
|3||Love Is a Weapon||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Phillip White)|
|4||Me||(Carmit Bachar, Jared Lee Gosselin, Mika Lett, Phillip White)|
|5||Cream||4:09||(Carmit Bachar, Che'Nelle, Kristen Ashley Cole, Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy)|
|6||Keep On Smiling||3:54||(Carmit Bachar, Guy Baruch, Davy Nathan)|
|8||Go Hard or Go Home||(Jared Lee Gosselin, Anthony William Hardy, Mika Lett, Leah Turner, Phillip White)|
Detroit Diamond feat. Carmit (Limited Edition EP)[edit source | edit]Edit
On 18. March 2010, rapper Detroit Diamond released an EP which featured a track with Bachar titled "Something 'Bout You", as well as her solo songs "Fierce" and "Cream". The EP, produced by Jared Lee Gosselin, is available on HMV.com.hk and also on iTunes and Amazon as digital download.
|1||Something 'Bout You||Detroit Diamond feat. Carmit Bachar||3:59|
|2||Gucci Shoes||Detroit Diamond||4:14|
|3||Roll with Me||Detroit Diamond||4:08|
|5||Cream (Timmy Fingerz Dance Mix)||3:57|
|6||Cream (Derrick Carter Detroit House Mix)||8:29|
|7||Something 'Bout You (Timmy Fingerz Dance Mix)||Detroit Diamond feat. Carmit Bachar||3:37|
Other appearances[edit source | edit]Edit
Bachar is featured in the 2007 song "Lo-Down" by Storm Lee on his album Soulfillapopkilla. Meanwhile she recorded background vocals for Macy Gray's album Big. She also collaborated with Vikter Duplaix on an upcoming song of his. Bachar recorded background vocals for the new single of Macy Gray, called "Beauty in the World".
|2004||Carmasutra||Carmit Bachar||(Demo Song)|
|2006||Fever||Carmit Bachar & Melody Thornton||PCD World Tour (non album single)|
|2008||Lo-Down||Storm Lee feat. Carmit Bachar||Soulfillapopkilla|
|2010||Beauty in the World||Macy Gray||The Sellout|
Music videos[edit source | edit]Edit
- Solo videos
|2012||"Keep On Smiling"||Carmit Bachar||Voyeur Productions|
- Video appearances
|1997||"Blood on the Dancefloor"||Michael Jackson||dancer|
|"One Week"||Barenaked Ladies||dancer/angel|
|1999||"Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)"||The Offspring||dancer|
|"Why Don't You Get a Job?"||The Offspring||stressed wife|
|"Take Me There"||Mýa feat. Blackstreet & Mase||dancer|
|"You Need a Man||Shanice||dancer|
|"Every Morning"||Sugar Ray||dancer|
|"All n My Grill"||Missy Elliott||dancer|
|2000||"You're an Ocean"||Fastball||dancer|
|2001||"Perfect Gentleman"||Wyclef Jean||dancer|
|"Ain't It Funny"||Jennifer Lopez||gypsy dancer|
|"Rock the Boat"||Aaliyah||dancer|
|"Sexual Revolution"||Macy Gray||dancer|
|2002||"Hey Baby"||No Doubt||dancer|
|2003||"Crazy In Love"||Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z||dancer|
|"Baby Boy"||Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul||dancer|
|"Shut Up"||The Black Eyed Peas||dancer|
|2009||"Snap, Crackle, Pop"||Chonique Sneed||herself|
|2010||"Nancy Lee"||Vintage Trouble||herself|
Tours[edit source | edit]Edit
|1999, 2000||Ricky Martin||Livin' la Vida Loca World Tour||Livin' La Vida Loca Woman|
|2003||No Doubt||Rock Steady Life||appeared during "Bathwater"|
|2004||Janet Jackson||infamous Super Bowl half-time show||Back Up Dancer|
|Beyoncé||Live at Wembley||Dancer|
|2006, 2007||Pussycat Dolls||PCD World Tour||Herself|