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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

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