Singer, songwriter and founder of Newban, (that would later change it's name) to Atlantic Starr, the rhythm and blues hit machine in the 1970s and 1980s.


Atlantic Starr: As drummer and one of four singers, Porter Carroll Jr. helped make the hits that made Atlantic Starr and its amazing vocals, tight production and energetic stage performances famous worldwide in the 1970s and 1980s. Porter performed with them from the late seventies through the early eighties, contributing his musicianship to classic hits like Circles, Send for Me, Am I Dreaming, Let’s Get Closer, Touch a Four Leaf Clover and others. During that stretch, he was also the drummer on the Disco Classic “This Time Baby” for Jackie Moore.


Porter branched out on his own in the mid-1980s and, under contract to Island Records, produced a critically acclaimed album, Porter Carroll II, in 1986.

Porter’s vocals have enriched Lavar Burton’s Reading Rainbow television show and the hit children’s show Puzzle People. Porter’s also an in-demand backup vocalist for recording artists including Shania Twain, Spyro Gyra, Melba Moore, Donnie Osmond, Michael Bolton, Howard Hewitt and Bob Baldwin.


As a songwriter for Sony Music Publishing from the mid-1980s through early 1990s, Porter plumbed the heart of R&B and pop with thought-provoking lyrics, catchy melodies and great hooks. Top names lined up for Porter Carroll compositions including Luther Vandross, The Temptations and Grover Washington. He wrote for Will Downing, Bob James, former Atlantic Starr lead vocalist Sharon Bryant, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Dana Dawson (currently on Broadway in “Rent”), England’s Jaki Graham, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jane Fonda among others. He co-wrote and co-produced Taj Mahal and also co-wrote music for the animated cable TV movie “People,” performed by Peabo Bryson. He’s written theme songs for Video Vibrations and Midnight Love on the BET cable TV network.