Mary Chapin Carpenter
Mary Chapin Carpenter was born Feb. 21, in Princeton, N.J. She grew up with a love of contemporary pop hits, although her mother's Woody Guthrie and Judy Collins records gave her some interest in country/folk music as well.
Enrolling in Brown University, Carpenter earned a degree in American civilization. By 1986, she was a local star, winning five Washington Area Music Awards. She released her 1987 debut Hometown Girl on Columbia Records in Nashville. The 1989 album State of the Heart offered four Top 20 hits including "Never Had It So Good" and "Quittin' Time." She followed it with the eloquent 1990 album Shooting Straight in the Dark, which featured the breezy hit "Down at the Twist and Shout." Come On Come On followed in 1992 and sold five million copies. The project earned Carpenter the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist Award in 1992 and 1993. The seven Top 20 singles from Come On Come On include "I Feel Lucky," "Passionate Kisses," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," and "I Take My Chances." Carpenter released her first No. 1 in 1994 with "Shut Up and Kiss Me," a single from her Stones in the Road album which won a Grammy for best country album. She released the album Between Here and Gone arrived in 2004. Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas is a set of original seasonal songs on the meanings and emotions of Christmas released by Carpenter.
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