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Deana Carter

Though she didn't begin her musical career until relatively late, Deana Carter managed to defy conventional expectations and unexpectedly shot to the top of the country charts upon the release of her 1996 debut, Did I Shave My Legs for This? Carter's success was equally unexpected considering that she didn't quite fit into the mold of a standard female contemporary country singer. Melding the popular appeal of country chanteuses with folky singer/songwriters like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Carter racked up both positive reviews and healthy sales with Did I Shave My Legs for This?, becoming one of the most pleasant success stories of the post-Garth Brooks generation. As the daughter of Nashville studio guitarist Fred Carter, Jr., Deana Carter grew up in a musical environment, and was exposed to a wide variety of music. Fred played guitar for a wide variety of musicians, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. The music of those artists would eventually seep into Deana's own style, which she hadn't yet formed when she initially tried to land a record contract at the age of 17. Despite her efforts and her father's assistance, Carter wasn't able to secure a deal, so she abandoned music to study nursing at the University of Tennessee. While she was a student, she continued to sing for fun, yet she didn't devote much energy to music. After graduation, Carter worked in a few hospitals before deciding to pursue a musical career at the age of 23. Learning the guitar for the first time, Deana also began to write songs. For several years, she worked odd jobs as she continued to develop her songwriting skills and sing at Nashville nightclubs. Eventually, one of her demo tapes made its way to Willie Nelson, while another wound up in the offices of Capitol Nashville. Nelson, who remembered her from her childhood, was impressed with Carter's songs and asked her to perform at Farm Aid VII in 1994; she was the only female artist on the entire bill. Within a year, Capitol Nashville had signed Deana Carter to a contract. Boasting six songs co-written by Carter, her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?, was released to strong reviews in late summer of 1996. By the end of the year, the record had climbed to the upper reaches of the country charts and had made inroads on the pop charts, going gold in the process. Everything's Gonna Be Alright followed in late 1998. In 2001, Carter realized her dream of performing with her father on her holiday album, Father Christmas, which featured her dad on guitar. I'm Just a Girl, a recording that leans strongly toward adult pop, was released on Arista Nashville in 2003. The Story of My Life followed in 2005 on Vanguard. A second Vanguard release, The Chain, appeared in 2007. Carter concentrated on songwriting after a series of life events kept her away from recording. She signed a deal with Warner Chappell and began returning to Nashville regularly. She and Matraca Berg had co-written "You and Tequila"; each had recorded it without much notice. But when Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter's version was released in 2011, the single hit the Top Five on the country charts and sold over a million digital copies. Since she was writing full-time anyway, Carter decided to record as well. She formed her own label, Little Nuggett Records, and released Southern Way of Life in March of 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Deana Carter

    '90s Country

    '90s Country
    3 songs

    Female Focus

    Female Focus
    2 songs

    Country Holiday

    Country Holiday
    1 song

    Heartbreak Hotel

    Heartbreak Hotel
    1 song

Albums by
Deana Carter

Top Songs by
Deana Carter

  1.   Song
  2.   Strawberry Wine
  3.   We Danced Anyway
  4.   Count Me In
  5.   The Weight
  6.   How Do I Get There
  7.   Did I Shave My Legs For This?
  8.   I Don't Want To
  9.   That's Just Me
  10.   Carol of the Bells
  11.   You and Tequila
  12.   I'll Save My Love for You
  13.   People Miss Planes
  14.   Before We Ever Heard Goodbye
  15.   On the Road Again by Willie Nelson
  16.   You Still Shake Me
  17.   I've Loved Enough to Know
  18.   Waiting for You to Come Home
  19.   Waiting by Dwight Yoakam
  20.   Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  21.   The Christmas Song
  22.   Brand New Key
  23.   Absence of the Heart
  24.   Ruby Brown
  25.   Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  26.   The Train Song
  27.   Dickson County
  28.   Angels Working Overtime
  29.   Love Ain't Worth Making
  30.   Blue Christmas
  31.   That's How You Know It's Love
  32.   Southern Way of Life
  33.   Do or Die
  34.   I Barely Knew
  35.   Before You Left
  36.   You Can't Stay
  37.   The Boxer
  38.   Swinging
  39.   On the Road Again
  40.   I'm Not Lisa
  41.   Help Me Make It Through the Night
  42.   He Still Thinks I Care
  43.   Good Hearted Woman
  44.   Swinging by John Anderson
  45.   Good Hearted Woman by Shooter Jennings
  46.   He Thinks I Still Care by George Jones
  47.   Love Is Like a Butterfly by Dolly Parton
  48.   I'm Not Lisa by Jessi Colter
  49.   Old Man
  50.   Crying
  51.   Lay Lady Lay
  52.   Getting Over You
  53.   Sunny Day
  54.   Atlanta & Birmingham
  55.   Katie
  56.   The Girl You Left Me For
  57.   Girls' Night
  58.   Liar
  59.   Eddie
  60.   Me and the Radio
  61.   I'm Just a Girl
  62.   Winter Wonderland
  63.   Silent Night
  64.   Johnny's Snowman
  65.   Merry Christmas Darling
  66.   I'll Be Home for Christmas
  67.   Michelangelo Sky
  68.   Colour Everywhere
  69.   Missing You (My Bill)
  70.   If This Is Love
  71.   I Know Better
  72.   Dream On
  73.   The Boxer by Harper Simon
  74.   Not Another Love Song
  75.   She's Good for You
  76.   Ordinary
  77.   One Day at a Time
  78.   Goodbye Train
  79.   Cover of a Magazine
  80.   There's No Limit
  81.   Graffiti Bridge
  82.   Rita Valentine
  83.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  84.   Boogie Woogie Santa
  85.   Free Fallin'
  86.   Make up Your Mind
  87.   Never Comin' Down
  88.   To the Other Side
  89.   Angel Without a Prayer
  90.   In a Heartbeat
  91.   Wildflower
  92.   The Story of My Life
  93.   White Christmas
  94.   Twice as Worth It
  95.   Help Me Make It Through the Night by Kris Kristofferson