Deana Carter At Grand Ole Opry
Born in 1966 in Nashville, Deana is a country music artist who broke through in 1996 with the release of her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?. Anchored by the dream super hit “Strawberry Wine,” Deana showcased her own blend of country and retro-rock sprinkled with the folksy singer/songwriter qualities that have garnered her well-deserved respect.
Deana grew up exposed to the wide variety of musicians her studio guitarist and producer father worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, and Simon & Garfunkel. Their strong influence seeped into Deana’s own country-pop style, which reflects qualities that can also be heard in similar artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sheryl Crow. By chance, one of her demo tapes fell into the hands of Willie Nelson, who remembered her as a child, and impressed that she had grown into a songwriter, Nelson asked Dean 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 was released to strong reviews in 1996, and by the end of the year, the record had climbed to the top of both country and pop charts, quickly achieving multi-platinum status. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright followed in late 1998, and in 2001, Dean realized her dream of performing with her dad on a holiday album, Father Christmas. Making a strong move toward adult pop, Dean released I’m Just a Girl in 2003, The Story of My Life in 2005, and The Chain in 2007.
After releasing The Chain, Deana took some time off from recording music to spend at home with her son, but in 2013, she formed her own record label, Little Nugget Records, on which her seventh studio album, Southern Way of Life, was released in late 2013.