Drenched in sun-kissed natural beauty both inside and out, Deana Carter didn’t take a seemingly easy route to stardom, but instead chose to defy the conventional expectations of the typical Nashville artist blueprint and make her own mark. And she did, undeniably taking the industry and fans by storm with her wildly successful multi-platinum international debut  Did I Shave My Legs For This?   more than a decade ago. Anchored by the dreamy super hit ” Strawberry Wine” , Carter showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock sprinkled with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities that have garnered Deana Carter well-deserved respect and wild acclaim.

Today, as she readies her latest bundle of uniquely crafted tunes for upcoming release on  Southern Way of Life  , Carter explores many subjects commonly shared over a quaint dinner, afternoon coffee or a sunny day hike with a good friend.

deana-new-bg-1-1920x1200The songs weave through the sometimes rocky terrain of adulthood, including loss of love, relationships on many different levels, trials, tribulations and simply put – life. Instinctively autobiographical, the subject matter mimics the interesting ride of Carter’s own life – so far.

The daughter of famed studio guitarist and producer Fred Carter, Jr., Deana grew up exposed to the wide variety of musicians her father worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. Their strong influence would eventually seep into Deana’s own country-pop style, which reflects qualities that can also be heard in similar artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sheryl Crow.

Developing her songwriting skills by trial and error at writer’s nights throughout Nashville, Carter eventually signed a writing deal with Polygram and soon after a record deal with Capitol Records. One of her demo tapes happened to fall into the hands of none other than Willie Nelson, who remembered Deana as a child. Impressed with how she’d grown as a songwriter, Nelson asked Deana to perform along with John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Young as the only female solo artist to appear at Farm Aid VII in 1994.

Her debut album,  Did I Shave My Legs For This?   boasts six songs co-written and co-produced by Carter and was released to strong reviews in late summer 1996. By the end of the year, the record had climbed to the top of both the country and pop charts, quickly achieving multi-platinum status. A “first” for the genre, Deana’s celebrated debut held this distinction for more than 5 years.  Everything’s Gonna Be Alright   followed in late 1998 and in 2001 Carter realized her dream of performing with her dad on a holiday album aptly titled Father Christmas. Making a strong move towards adult pop Carter released  I’m Just a Girl   on Arista Records in 2003, the same year Capitol Records released a Greatest Hits  compilation. Follow-ups  The Story of My Life   in 2005 and  The Chain   in 2007 were both released on Vanguard Records. In an effort to pay homage to her musical roots and preserve her legendary father’s label Nugget Records, that famously presented some of the best in country music some 40 years ago, Carter recently opened her own label, Little Nugget Records, on which her latest album  Southern Way of Life   will be released.

Carter now divides her time between Los Angeles and Nashville, writing and producing for both the pop/rock and country markets when not on the road touring. Her superstar success continues to be evident as last year’s chart topper  “You & Tequila” ,  co-written with Matraca Berg and recorded by Kenny Chesney, was nominated as CMA’s “Song of the Year”, as well as two Grammy nods, notable the coveted “Song of the Year” , and, also, received a nomination as ACM’s “Song of the Year”.  Carter also recently co-wrote and produced a new album for recording artist Audra Mae while putting the finishing touches on her own  Southern Way of Life .

Singer, songwriter, producer – Deana Carter continues to defy conventional expectations, making waves as she makes great music.


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MUSIC and Interviews


    Track Listing:




    • 1996 Did I Shave My Legs For This? (co-produced) Capitol Records
    • 1998 Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (co-produced) Capitol Records
    • 2001 Father Christmas (produced) Rounder Records
    • 2003 I’m Just A Girl (co-produced) Arista Records
    • 2005 The Story of My Life (produced) Vanguard Records
    • 2008 The Chain* (produced) Vanguard Records
    • 2013 Southern Way of Life (produced) Little Nugget Record

    *featuring guest appearances by Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, George Jones, John Anderson, and Harper Simon.


    • Anastasia (Atlantic Records) – theme song – “Once Upon A December”
    • Hope Floats (Capitol Records) – “What Makes You Stay”
    • The Grace of Jake (tba) – “Remiscent Tenderness”
    • King of The Hill – “Free Falling”
    • The Badge – “Christmas Song”
    • Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska – “State Trooper”



“The Badge” (Sheriff’s Wife)
“Painted Horses” (Aunt Nora)
“Take 2 For Faith”


    • “Checkmate” (Pilot ensemble cast)
    • “Raising Dad” (Bob Saget’s sister)
    • “King of the Hill” (truckstop waitress)
    • “Blue Collar TV” (comedy guest ensemble)
    • “Strong Medicine” (homeless singer/principle guest role)
    • “CMT’s 40 Greatest Love Songs” (Host)
    • “CMT’s Hottest Country Hookups” (Host)
    • “CMT’s Dedicated Series” (Host)
    • “CMT I’m In With The Band” (series)
    • “CMT: In The Moment” (series)
    • “CMT: Inside Fame & Inside Fame LIVE” (documentary profile & concert series)
    • “ACM’S: DEANA’S DEN” (host)
    • “The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno” (guest multiple times)
    • “The Late Show with David Letterman” (guest mulitiple times)
    • “Good Morning America” (guest multiple times)
    • “The View” (guest & performance/multiple times)
    • “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” (guest)
    • “The Late, Late Show…… (guest & performance/multiple time) w/Craig Ferguson”
    • “Politically Incorrect” (guest)
    • “The Howard Stern Show” (guest)
    • “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (guest multiple times)
    • “The Today Show” (guest & performance multiple times)
    • “Good Day LA” (frequent guest host)
    • “Live with Regis & Kathy Lee”
    • “Weekend Today” “Entertainment Tonight”
    • “Fox On Entertainment” “Access Hollywood”
    • “CNN Showbiz Today”
    • “CMA Awards” (presenter multiple times)
    • “ACM Awards” (presenter multiple times)
    • “ACM Awards 40th Anniversary Special” (Host)
    • “ACM Superstar Duets” (duet performance with The Band Perry)
    • “Grammy Awards” (presenter multiple times)
    • “Circle of Friends”: Christopher Reeves Special (Performance with Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Robin Williams, Glenn Close, Vince Gill, Amy Grant….etc.)
    • “Christmas in Washington” (NBC)
    • “A Capitol 4th” (PBS)
    • “The Platinum Series” (TNN – Biographical Profile)
    • “GAC Concert Special” (GAC/cable)
    • “Barry Manilow Tribute” (ABC?/”Could It Be Magic” duet)
    • “Brian Wilson: All Star Tribute”(“In My Room” duet & show co-production)


Toured with Dwight Yoakum, Alan Jackson (twice), Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Farm Aid. 2007 touring includes dates with Bob Dylan. Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Charlie Daniels, John Anderson, & too many to list!


Deana plays acoustic and electric guitar. On the record, she also plays bass, drums, and keyboards.


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    CMA Award Single of The Year, “Strawberry Wine” – 1997 CMT Award Female Video Artist of The Year – 1997 R&R Magazine Female MVP of The Year – 1997 Gibson Guitar Award Best Female Country Guitarist



    Best Country Song – “Strawberry Wine” Best Female Country Vocal Performance -“Strawberry Wine” Best Country Album – “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” Single of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Song of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Vocal Collaboration (Kenny Chesney/Grace Potter “You & Tequila) 2012


    Best Original Song/Motion Picture – Anastasia/“Once Upon A December”


    Horizon Award, 1997 Album of The Year  (“Did I Shave My Legs For This?”) 1997 Female Vocalist of The Year  1997 Music Video of The Year (“Did I Shave My Legs For This?”) 1997 Single of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Song of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Vocal Collaboration (Kenny Chesney/Grace Potter “You & Tequila) 2012


    Top New Female Vocalist Single of The Year (“Strawberry Wine”) 1997 Music Video of The Year (“Did I Shave My Legs For This?”) 1997 Single of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Song of The Year (“You & Tequila/Kenny Chesney) 2012 Vocal Collaboration (Kenny Chesney/Grace Potter “You & Tequila) 2012


    Best New Artist


    Favorite Female Artist


    Best Country Album – “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” Song of The Year – “Strawberry Wine”


    Female Star of Tomorrow


    PEOPLE MAGAZINE – “50 Most Beautiful People” NEWSWEEK – “100 Americans for the Next Century” GOLF MAGAZINE – Journal of the LPGA –Front Cover & Feature MAVERICK – UK – Cover & Feature CLOSER – Cover & Feature COUNTRY WEEKLY – Covers & Features PREGNANCY MAGAZINE – Cover & Feature



    RECORD PRODUCER (aside from all of Deana’s own albums) Audra Mae “Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound” Sara Evans “Momma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” Movie trax “Reminiscent Tenderness”/The Grace of Jake “The Christmas Song”/The Badge Tribute: “State Trooper” Badlands: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska /co-producer with Jay Joyce


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