December 13, 2022

Mary Chapin Carpenter Slayin’ the Deep Vocals in “Shut Up and Kiss Me”

American country music singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter released her only #1 hit single, “Shut Up and Kiss Me.” 

Her song releases were hits despite her struggles to find the perfect label partner. Carpenter’s musical career successes are evident in 18 Grammy nominations, with her winning five. Four trophies for Best Female Country Vocal Performance were won by her consecutively. Her most successful album, Come On Come On, certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), was released in 1992.

About The Song

Written and produced by Mary Chapin Carpenter herself, “Shut Up and Kiss Me” is a track that talks about nervousness and hesitation about oneself because of not having to be kissed for a long time. Gradually gathering up the courage to grab someone and whisper the exact words of the song’s title. The track starts with the strong, hard beat of the drums, and the sounds of the striking piano chords and the electric guitar welcome you.

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Carpenter’s deep, resonating voice is what captured the listener’s attention. Because let’s face it, you seldom see women sing and slay songs with a deep voice. She also whispered the lyrics in a sultry, inviting way that captivated everyone. It is one of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs that she nailed and made hers! No wonder it topped the US Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in November 1994.

“Shut Up and Kiss Me” by Mary Chapin Carpenter was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Country Song and Female Country Vocal Performance, with her winning the latter award.

Listen to Carpenter’s unique vocals and the band’s talent, too, right here.


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  • […] Mary Chapin Carpenter is among the notable musicians who try to keep their music alive through the years despite occasional absences from the spotlight.  She had a great singing stint at the early stage of her career. Many saw her amazing breakthrough especially when she shifted from folk to country music. After signing to Columbia in 1987, she released her debut album Hometown Girl. This was followed by a series of releases throughout the ‘90s. Her best-selling record was the 1992 album Come On Come On which spawned seven charting country singles, including the Grammy Award-winning “Passionate Kisses.” […]

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