Playa del Rey, California, U.S.
Carmen Twillie is a studio singer and actress best known for her role as the lead vocalist in "Circle of Life."
A native of Pasadena, California, Twillie trained to be a concert pianist from age five to seventeen. She later attended courses at Chapman College, where she received the Sholund scholarship for her abilities as a pianist and vocalist. She also attended USC, where she was awarded "most outstanding musician."
Professionally, Twillie has worked with many of the biggest names in entertainment, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Al Jarreau, George Benson, Anita Baker, Neil Sedaka, Mr. Mister, Patti LaBelle, Pink Floyd, and Michael Bolton. Twillie has also provided vocal talents on soundtracks for The Power of One, Rain Man, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Cobra; the first two soundtracks were composed by Lion King composer, Hans Zimmer.
In 1994, Twillie did the lead vocals in the song, "Circle of Life," which later received an Oscar nomination. Four years later, she provided vocals for the song, "One of Us," in the film's direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.