Recently, Mary Chapin Carpenter released her new album entitled “Sometimes Just The Sky.” The album is to celebrate her 30 years in the industry. Also, the collection includes 13 tracks that will definitely make the country music obsessives cringe to her great music.
But before listening to her new tracks, let’s listen once more to her massive single in 1994 called “Shut Up And Kiss Me.” Fascinatingly, the song was her only number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. However, it was the most successful of all of her singles. Also, it became the signature song of her career.
Shut Up And Kiss Me…
Mary Chapin Carpenter, herself, wrote the words and lyrics of “Shut Up And Kiss Me.” It was released in August 1994 as the first single under her album “Stones In The Road.” Precisely on November 19, 1994, it topped at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Furthermore, “Shut Up And Kiss Me” earned her fourth Grammy award as Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Indeed, Mary Chapin Carpenter was her height of prominence from 1990 to 1995. She is still continuously recording songs up to these days.
Mary Chapin Carpenter…
Country artist, Mary Chapin Carpenter, was born in Princeton, New Jersey. She lived in Japan from 1969 to 1971 before moving to Washington, D.C. She was influenced by The Mamas and The Papas, The Beatles and Judy Collins.
When Carpenter was sixteen, her parents divorced which led her to write songs specifically “House of Cards.” Also, on her high school days, she spent time playing the guitar and piano. Carpenter loves music but never considered herself performing in public. Not until her father encouraged her to perform. Her very first performance was at an open mic bar. She also hosted an open mic bar for years.
After college, Carpenter continued performing, and she met John Jennings who helped her land a career in the country music industry. He also became her producer and long-time collaborator. Jennings convinced Carpenter to play original material instead of covers. Within a few years, she landed a manager and recorded a demo tape. That demo helped her have a deal with Columbia Records.
Mary Chapin Carpenter is a five-time Grammy winner. She won Female Best Country Vocal four consecutive from 1992 to 1995. She also won Best Country Album at the Grammys for “Stones In The Road.” Moreover, she has won several awards from Country Music Association as Female Vocalist of the Year in 1991 and 1992. At the Academy of Country Music, she won Top New Female Vocalist in 1990 and Top Female Vocalist in 1991. Lastly, she won Spirit of American/Free Speech Award at the Americana Music Honors and Awards.
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