Damien Carter / About
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Singer croons his way to Gilroy's heart
By Kat Teraji
Who croons with a voice that's a cross between Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Luther Vandross? Who sings each Friday night? Who sings each Saturday for diners at the family-style Matxain Etxea Basque Restaurant in San Juan Bautista?
Who sings everything from "New York, New York," to "You're My Everything," to "Full Figured Woman," celebrating the beauty in each of us, no matter what size your soul is packaged in? Who makes you want to sing along with his songs?
Damien Carter's love of music comes through in every song.
Last Friday, Damien was scheduled to begin singing at 7:30pm, but so many customers had arrived that he was forced to go on 30 minutes early.
When a mom and her two small children stopped by, it was clear how much they were enjoying themselves. As Carter sang a line from the song, "Let's Stay Together," that asks "Why do people break up?" the mom sang "I don't know," right back without missing a beat.
The boy tried to act out the way Carter was holding the microphone as if he were a singer too. When he ended the evening with a soulful "America the Beautiful," the little boy was clapping and bouncing up and down, saying, "One more, one more!"
While Carter typically performs solo, he is also rehearsing with friends and band members of "On Poynte" David, Darin & Marcus. They're already starting to get bookings for future engagements from Long Beach, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood CA. Though busy learning songs for those shows, they are also learning some of Carter's original compositions.
During their weekly rehearsals in LA they have started attracting people in the music industry.
It's not just Carter's expertise at recreating classic oldies of yesterday that stands out, or his ability to sing just about any R&B, jazz, or top 40 song. His polite demeanor and good manners are something not found often enough today. Maybe it was being raised by a minister dad and a gospel-singing mom, but in a business often driven by out-of-control ego, it is rare to meet an artist with his passion for lifting the burdens of others through his love of singing. Whenever difficulties arise, Carter stays philosophical and his ego remains refreshingly in check. In other words, not only is he an excellent singer - but he's also a really nice guy.
When he sings, he sways everyone's mood toward the upbeat. His smile, eye contact and obvious enjoyment of what he is doing makes everyone in the room begin feeling more lighthearted. As Cutting Edge keyboardist Allen Douglas put it, "Everyone sits up a little straighter, smiles a little bigger, acts a little friendlier to his or her neighbor, and enjoys life a little more."