Carole Bayer Sager and Clint Eastwood have won the “Best Original Song” award for their collaboration on “Grace Is Gone” from the 12th International Press Academy’s Satellite Awards – 2007, it was announced today.
“Grace Is Gone” is the title track of the Weinstein Company’s film release Grace Is Gone, which stars John Cusack and was released in select markets on December 7th with a wide release scheduled in January. The song is performed by Jamie Cullum. This is the first time that Clint Eastwood has written a song and a score for a picture that was not his own. Milan Records has released the Grace Is Gone: Music From The Motion Picture CD. See www.GraceIsGone-themovie.com for more information.
“Grace Is Gone” recently received a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Original Song – Motion Picture”, which marks Bayer Sager’s 10th nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Carole has won two Golden Globe Awards in the past for “The Prayer” and “Arthur’s Theme.” There are only three other songwriters who have had more Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominations than Carole. The 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 13, 2008 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast on the NBC Television Network.
Sager’s song,“Thankful,” is featured on the current #1 Josh Groban holiday album, Noel. “Thankful,” which was written by Sager and David Foster and recorded with the London Philharmonic, is the only new song on Groban’s CD, which is the largest selling Christmas album ever (2.8 million copies) and holds the record for the longest consecutive run at the top of the charts by a holiday CD (four weeks.)
Carole tries whenever possible to communicate a spiritual message in all of the songs that she writes as it is apparent in the titles mentioned above. Sager, who made a name for herself when she wrote her first #1 hit “A Groovy Kind of Love” while still in high school, has endured a long-standing and thriving career, which includes a gratifying six Academy Award nominations and seven GRAMMY nominations, bringing home one of each award. Carole has had number one records in every decade since her songwriting career began in 1966.
Beyond her songwriting, Sager is continuing her philanthropic involvement and is also a self-proclaimed avid Internet surfer. Due to her vast familiarity with the “online” space, Sager was approached by Arianna Huffington to write a weekly blog. Her blog for the Huffington Post, recently raved about some of her favorite Internet sites and most importantly all of the philanthropic opportunities on line which makes everyone an instant philanthropist at any level they can afford. In addition, Sager has launched her own unique website www.carolesager.com.
Sager and her husband, Bob Daly, underwrote the first two years of the Los Angeles operation of the non-profit organization known as DonorsChoose.org (www.donorschoose.org ) which allows teachers to post the projects they need funding for and donors to choose the classroom plan that they want to fund.
In 2005, when Sager and Daly began their association, this program existed in five cities. Today, it is has grown into a nationwide network. Sager solicited Morgan Freeman, Bette Midler, Sidney Poitier and Claire Danes to participate as the four animated PSA voices that have helped the organization achieve national growth. Sager also donated her time and talents to write songs for two CD that benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS charity and co-founded (with Joyce Bogart) the Neil Bogart Children’s Cancer Research Labs in L. A.’s Children’s Hospital. In addition, Sager has just joined the advisory board of GlobalGiving.com which is a web based charity.