Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

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