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