Personalities | Mary Chapin Carpenter | Mainstream Country
(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1958)
As a teenager, New Jersey-born Carpenter moved to Washington, D.C., where music became an integral part of her life. Establishing herself on the local folk circuit, she signed with Columbia, resulting in her 1986 debut album, Hometown Girl. Produced by guitarist John Jennings, it marked the beginning of a successful and productive relationship. Albums Shooting Straight In The Dark (1990), Come On, Come On (1992), which sold two million copies, and Stones In The Road (1994) saw her gain pop status. ‘He Thinks He’ll Keep Her’ (1993) was peppered with typical Carpenter humour, and ‘Shut Up And Kiss Me’ (1994) gave this astute songwriter her first No. 1 country hit. Her folk-rock songs and styles broadened country music, and she took the CMA’s Female Vocalist Award in 1992 and 1993.
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