Mary Chapin Carpenter

Born 21 February 1958.
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Mary Chapin Carpenter - Tracks Of My Years

Grammy Award-winning songstress Mary Chapin Carpenter picks her Tracks of My Years.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. Carpenter spent several years singing in Washington, D.C., clubs before signing in the late 1980s with Columbia Records, who marketed her as a country singer. Carpenter's first album, 1987's Hometown Girl, did not produce any singles, although 1989's State of the Heart and 1990's Shooting Straight in the Dark each produced four Top 20 hits on the Billboard country singles charts.

Carpenter's most successful album to date remains 1992's Come On Come On, which yielded seven charting country singles and was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. for sales exceeding four million copies. She followed it with Stones in the Road (1994) and A Place in the World (1996), which both featured hit singles. In the 2000s, Carpenter's albums departed both thematically and musically from her early work, becoming less radio-friendly and more focused on societal and political issues. Her most acclaimed and most topical album to date, The Calling, was released in March 2007. She followed that with The Age of Miracles in April 2010 and Ashes and Roses in 2012.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Ashes and Roses

    Ashes and Roses 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Unlikely to woo passers-by, but long-time admirers will adore Carpenter’s latest.
  2. Review of The Calling

    The Calling 2007

    Reviewed by Abigail McDonald
    'The Calling' should delight longtime fans, but may fail to enchant newcomers to her...
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