Carole King is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician. In 1960 she wrote and recored her first number one hit "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". At the time she was only seventeen years old. Carole King continued to write hits that were performed by her and many other artists. Some of the notable songs King wrote for others include "You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman)" performed by Aretha Franklin and "Chains" performed by The Beatles. My favorite songs by Carole King come from her 1971 solo album Tapestry. Her music is so pure and from the heart. If you aren't familiar with Carole King I suggest listening to "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away". I am a big fan of music from the 70's. Typically I prefer 70's rock from bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. However, Carole King's raw talent drew me in the first time I listened to one of her songs. Her pop/singer-songwriter style isn't usually the type of music I enjoy, but she has such a beautiful quality to her voice and is an amazing writer. She's inspiring because she worked hard from a young age and was able to have an extremely successful career doing what she loves. Carole King is one of my absolute favorite solo artists.
This biography of Carole King gives you a background on her life. It sequences her accomplishments from her very first number one hit in 1960 to receiving Kennedy Center Honors in 2015.
This link is to Carole King's profile on Songwriters Hall of Fame. It talks about her life growing up in Brooklyn New York, her music, and her connections to other greats in the music industry.
This RollingStone article lists famous songs that most people don't know Carole King wrote. It also provides videos of the various artists performing her songs.