The band Carmel was formed in Manchester when two students McCourt and Jim Parris got together with drummer Gerry Darby (Parris's cousin). Their début single, "Storm" reached No. 1 in the UK independent chart and they were signed to London Records. Their second album The Drum is Everything (produced by Mike Thorne) drew some praise. Parris and Darby conjured the effect of a full ensemble backing to McCourt's vocals, and alternated between soulful ballads, gospel, blues and jazz. The resulting singles "Bad Day" and "More, More, More" both went Top 25 in the UK Singles Chart.
The following album, The Falling (produced by Brian Eno, Hugh Jones and David Motion) had considerable success in France, achieving gold disc status, and also charted in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. "Sally", the first single lifted from the album, sold 500,000 copies in France alone, and led to McCourt featuring in a duet "J'oublierai ton nom" with French rock star Johnny Hallyday. With the critical and commercial success awarded to both The Falling and the follow-up album Everybody's Got A Little... Soul, record producers were keen to work with Carmel.
Carmel is a car and limousine Car Service, mainly focused on airport trips. Carmel Car Service is one of the largest car service companies and limousine services in the world, and provides international car service. The company dispatches 1200 drivers in New York City alone and serves more than 300 cities around the world, including 150 in the United States.
Over the years, Kabessa had expanded Carmel to 320 locations worldwide. Once exclusive to the tri-state area, Carmel is now an international company and is expected to land in 400 markets by the end of 2014.
Kabessa spent the majority of his early years in the business working behind the wheel — so when a customer unleashes a complaint, the executive presumes the driver to be innocent until proven guilty.
Some New York City drivers have more than 20 years of experience with Carmel.
Carmel Car Service offers cars, vans, and SUV's for rides at different costs. The company dispatches 1200 drivers in New York City alone.