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