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