Technique for singing jazz ballads called Crooning. Demonstration here in a Piano/vocal cover version of The Nearness of You.
Carole King’s career began in the early 60’s as a singer songwriter in collaboration with her husband Gerry Goffin. They wrote more than two dozen hits for a number of various artists including the Beatles, who recorded Chains for their first album in the UK in February, 1963.
From Wikipedia, “King has made 25 solo albums, the most successful being Tapestry, which held the record for most weeks at No. 1 by a female artist for more than 20 years. Her most recent non-compilation album was Live at the Troubadour in 2010, a collaboration with James Taylor that reached number 4 on the charts in its first week and has sold over 600,000 copies. .“
“She has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. Her records sales were estimated at more than 75 million copies worldwide.”