Clive Jay Davis is an American record producer, A&R executive and music industry executive. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records, he was the president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2002 until April 2008, Davis was the chairman and CEO of the RCA Music Group, chairman and CEO of J Records, chairman and CEO of BMG North America. Davis is credited with hiring a young recording artist, Tony Orlando, for Columbia in 1967, as well as signing many artists that achieved superstar status, such as Janis Joplin, Laura Nyro, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina, Ace Of Base, Pink Floyd, Westlife. Davis is credited with bringing Whitney Houston and Barry Manilow to prominence. Davis is the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment, he plays a part in the careers of Barry Manilow, TLC, Rod Stewart, Air Supply, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson.
Davis was born in New York, to a Jewish family, the son of Herman and Florence Davis. His father was an salesman. Davis was raised in the middle-class neighborhood of Brooklyn, his mother died at age 47, his father died the following year when Davis was only a teenager, leaving him an orphan with no money. He moved in with his married sister in Bayside, New York City, New York, he received a full scholarship to New York University College of Arts and Science, where he graduated magna cum laude, with a degree in Political science and Phi Beta Kappa in 1953. He received a full scholarship to Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Student Advisers and graduated in 1956. Davis practiced law in a small firm in New York moved on to the firm of Rosenman, Kaye and Freund two years where partner Ralph Colin had CBS as a client. Davis was subsequently hired by a former colleague at the firm, Harvey Schein, to become assistant counsel of CBS subsidiary Columbia Records at age 28, general counsel the following year.
As part of a reorganization of Columbia Records Group, group president Goddard Lieberson appointed Davis as administrative vice president and general manager in 1965. In 1966, CBS formed the Columbia-CBS Group which reorganized CBS's recorded music operations into CBS Records with Davis heading the new unit; the next year, Davis was appointed president and became interested in the newest generation of folk rock and rock and roll. One of his earliest pop signings was the British folk-rock musician Donovan, who enjoyed a string of successful hit singles and albums released in the U. S. on the Epic Records label. That same year, Davis hired 23 year old recording artist Tony Orlando as general manager of Columbia publishing subsidiary April-Blackwood Music, who went on to become vice-president of Columbia/CBS Music and sign Barry Manilow in 1969. In June 1967, at the urging of his friend and business associate Lou Adler, Davis attended the Monterey Pop Festival, he signed Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, Columbia went on to sign Laura Nyro, The Electric Flag, The Chambers Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sweat & Tears, Loggins & Messina and Pink Floyd.
The company, which had avoided rock music, doubled its market share in three years. One of the most commercially successful recordings released during Davis' tenure at Columbia was Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden," in late 1970, it was Davis. The song reached No.1 in 16 countries around the world and remained the biggest selling album by a female country artist for 27 years. In 1972, Davis signed Wind & Fire to Columbia Records. One of his most recognized accomplishments was signing the Boston group Aerosmith to Columbia Records in the early 1970s at New York City's Max's Kansas City; the accomplishment was mentioned in the 1979 Aerosmith song "No Surprize", where Steven Tyler sings, "Old Clive Davis said he's gonna make you a star, just the way you are." Starting on December 30, 1978, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead changed the lyrics of the Dead standard "Jack Straw" in concert from "we used to play for silver, now we play for life," to "we used to play for acid, now we play for Clive." One of the last bands Davis tried to sign to Columbia Records was the proto-punk band Death.
According to their documentary he was the only person, interested in a black band doing rock music, but he asked them to change their name. They refused; the contract dissolved, the band released their album on another label 35 years later. After Davis was fired from CBS Records for using company funds to bankroll his son's bar mitzvah, Columbia Pictures hired him to be a consultant for the company's record and music operations. After taking time out to write his memoirs, he founded the company Arista Records. At Arista, Davis signed Barry Manilow, followed by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Patti Smith, Westlife, Al Jourgensen, The Outlaws, Eric Carmen, Exposé, Ace of Base, The Right
Michelle Wright is a Canadian country music artist. She is one of the country's most recognized and awarded female country singers of the 1990s, winning the Canadian Country Music Association's Fans' Choice Award twice. In 2011, Wright was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Brian Ferriman of Savannah Records has been her manager for over 25 years. Wright's primary success has been in her native Canada, where she has charted more than twenty-five singles, including six Number One hits: "Take It Like a Man", "One Time Around", "Guitar Talk", "One Good Man", "Nobody's Girl" and "Crank My Tractor", she had chart success in the United States in the 1990s, landing in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with "Take It Like a Man" at No. 10, "He Would Be Sixteen" at No. 31 and "New Kind of Love" at No. 32. Michelle Wright was born on July 1961 in Chatham, Ontario. Wright grew up in the small nearby town of Merlin where her parents were both local music performers. By 1980, when Wright was in college studying counseling for the mentally disadvantaged, she joined a local band with whom she performed until 1983.
That year Wright started her own band. She performed with her own band until 1988. In 1985, while performing with her band, Wright signed a record deal with Savannah Records; the next year she released her debut single, "I Want to Count on You", which peaked at No. 48 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. Wright's debut album, Do Right by Me, was issued in 1988 and produced seven more singles, including Wright's cover of the 1974 Andy Kim hit, "Rock Me Gently", which reached No. 7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. The album's success in Canada led to a record contract with Arista Nashville. Wright became one of the label's flagship artists. In April 1990, Wright's first American single, "New Kind of Love", was issued and became her first "Top Five" hit in Canada, in addition to peaking at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in the United States. Her second album, Michelle Wright, was released in July 1990. To support the album, Wright was added as an opening act to Kenny Rogers 1991 tour.
The album became a success in Canada. That year, 1990, Wright was awarded Female Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association; the following year she was awarded Album of the Year for Michelle Wright, Single of the Year for "New Kind of Love", Female Artist of the Year again by the Canadian Country Music Association. Due to the success of her album Michelle Wright and single "New Kind of Love," Wright relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 to spend more time advancing her career; when in Nashville, Wright began to record her third album and Then, released in May 1992. The album's first single, "Take It Like a Man", became an instant hit, reaching No. 1 in Canada on the RPM Country Tracks chart and No. 10 in the United States on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. In Canada, the song crossed over to the adult contemporary charts, peaking at No. 18. The song received the Single of the Year award from the Canadian Country Music Association in late 1992. In 1993, the album earned Wright the award for Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music.
She appeared on the CBS television special, Women of Country, where she performed "Take It Like a Man" and the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, "The Hard Way," with several other artists including Carpenter. Now and Then went on to produce six more singles, including the Canadian number one hits "One Time Around" and "Guitar Talk"; the album contained the single, "He Would Be Sixteen", which reached No. 31 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and No. 3 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It was awarded Single of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association in 1993. In 1993, Wright won the Fans' Choice Award from Canadian Country Music Association, which she would win in 1995. In 1994, Wright released the first single from her upcoming album, "One Good Man", which became her fourth number one single in Canada. Wright's fourth album, The Reasons Why, was released in September 1994 in Canada. Plans for the album to be released in the United States were delayed and cancelled.
The album was released in Europe after a Wright completed a successful tour in mid-1994. In early 1995, Wright embarked on a 40-city tour in Canada, which at that time was the most extensive tour in the history of country music in Canada. In August 1996, Wright released her fifth album, For Me It's You, following the release of the first single, "Nobody's Girl", which reached No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks and No. 57 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; the album marked Wright's first album to be released in the American market in four years. The album went on to be successful in Canada, producing three Top Five singles in "Crank My Tractor", "The Answer Is Yes", "What Love Looks Like"; the album was not a success in the United States. In a 1997 interview with Jam!, Wright admitted that she was "very disappointed" and "not happy with what did with this album". During 1997, Wright was awarded the C. F. Martin Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Country Music Association for her international work with the Special Olympics.
In 1999, U. S. radio welcomed Wright back. The song, "Your Love", failed at country radio, but gave Wright her only American adult contemporary hit when the song peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
Asleep at the Wheel
Asleep at the Wheel is an American country music group, formed in Paw Paw, West Virginia and is based in Austin, Texas. The band has won nine Grammy Awards since their 1970 inception, released over twenty albums, has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, their highest-charting single, "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read", peaked at No. 10 in 1975. In 1969, Ray Benson and Lucky Oceans co-founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia, soon after they found themselves opening for Alice Cooper and Hot Tuna in Washington, DC. A year they moved to East Oakland, California, at the invitation of Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. After being mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine by Van Morrison, they landed a record deal with United Artists. In 1973, their debut album, Comin' Right At Ya, was released by United Artists. At the request of Willie Nelson, they left Oakland for Austin in 1974. In 1974, they released their self-titled second album, with a cover of Louis Jordan's "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie", their first single to hit the country charts.
The following year had the release of Texas Gold as the group's third album with the top-ten Country hit single "The Letter That Johnny Walker Read". In addition, they played on PBS's Austin City Limits, where they have since performed a record-setting 10 times. In 1977, the band was voted Best Country Western Band by Rolling Stone and was awarded the Touring Band of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, they went on tour with Emmylou Harris in Europe. The following year, they recorded a cover of Count Basie's song "One O'Clock Jump". In 1980, they appeared in the movie Roadie, along with Meat Loaf and Art Carney. By the end of the decade, the band recorded their first live album, Served Live, at the Austin Opera House; the 1980s became a turbulent decade for the band. After moving to MCA, co-founder Lucky Oceans left the band, Chris O'Connell left in September 1986 due to her pregnancy. Asleep at the Wheel gathered a large amount of debt that required them to work on commercials and movie soundtracks.
This band produced the soundtrack for the film Liar's Moon. In 1985, the band released a ignored self-titled album. By the late 1980s, Ray Benson had done some producing, allowing the band a second chance with Epic Records. In 1987, the band released 10, which won them their second Grammy for Best Country Instrumental, helping to launch their comeback; the album had contributions from legendary fiddle player and onetime Texas Playboys member Johnny Gimble. The following year, the band released Western Standard Time, which won them another Grammy for Best Country Instrumental; the late 1980s had the growth of Jann Browne as a solo vocalist in the group. The band released the album, Keepin' Me Up Nights. Soon after, the band had turnover as old members left and new members entered. Among them was former solo singer Rosie Flores, who joined in 1997. In 1991, Ray Benson directed the music and co-starred in the movie Wild Texas Wind with Dolly Parton. In honor of the 66th anniversary of Route 66, the band launched the Route 66 Tour.
In 1993, the band released the instant hit A Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys to much critical acclaim with several guest musicians. Two years the band celebrated their 25th anniversary by releasing The Wheel Keeps on Rollin. In 1999, the band and DreamWorks released Ride as their second tribute album to Bob Wills; this album became an instant hit and garnered the band two Grammy wins, one for Best Country Instrumental, the other for Best Package Design. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Ray Benson "didn't just enlist the obvious Wills fans" in this tribute album to Bob Wills like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, he brought in some of country's young lions the Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, some pop stars", including Shawn Colvin, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, fellow country preservationists such as Dwight Yoakam. In 2000, the Dixie Chicks were nominated for an award for Vocal Event of the Year for "Roly Poly" with Asleep at the Wheel from the Country Music Association.
That same year, the band toured with George Strait. Benson recorded a tribute to Wills and Texas swing music, including Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, they were scheduled to play at the White House on the fateful September 11, 2001. In 2003, the band released Live at Billy Bob's Texas, by the end of the decade, the band had released two more albums: Reinventing the Wheel, an new set of songs, including a collaboration with The Blind Boys of Alabama, a two-disc set Kings of Texas Swing. In 2007, their second Christmas album was released, Santa Loves to Boogie. Asleep at the Wheel received six Austin Music Awards for their efforts in 2007, including Band of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Country Band of the Year, Record Producer of the Year, Male Vocals of the Year, Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year."The Letter That Johnny Walker Read" is played on the K-Rose radio station in the 2004 PlayStation 2 video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Ray Benson Katie Shore Eddie Rivers David Sanger Dennis Ludiker Josh Hoag Connor Forsyth Jay Reynolds A'Ride with Bob peaked at No. 15 on Top Heatseekers.
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Carrie Marie Fisher is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven", is the only country song to debut at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Before He Cheats", it became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 16 years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, her second album, Carnival Ride, followed in 2007. It had one of the biggest opening weeks by a female artist and earned Underwood two Grammy Awards, her next album, 2009's Play On, was a commercial success led by the single "Cowboy Casanova". Underwood's fourth album, Blown Away, earned her a Grammy Award and was that year's second best-selling release by a female artist.
Her first compilation album earned her a Grammy Award. Her fifth album, made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200. With her sixth album, Cry Pretty, she became the only woman to hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with four country albums, had both the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2018 and the best-selling solo female album of the year. One of the most successful artists in any musical genre, Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. Recognized by Billboard as Country Music's reigning Queen and by Rolling Stone as "the female vocalist of her generation of any genre", she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014. Underwood is the top country artist of all-time on the RIAA's Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century, she is the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the only country artist to debut at number one on the Hot 100, the woman with most number-one hits in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart, with fifteen.
She is the most successful American Idol winner, per Forbes. Billboard named Some Hearts the number-one country album of the 2000s, her as the top female artist on their'Best Country Artists of the 2000s' list, she has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She has received numerous awards and accolades, including seven Grammy Awards, ten Billboard Music Awards, fourteen ACM Awards, thirteen American Music Awards, nine CMA Awards, a Guinness World Record. Underwood was born March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Carole and Steve Underwood, She has two older sisters and Stephanie, was raised on her parents' farm in the nearby rural town of Checotah, her father worked in a paper mill. During her childhood, Underwood performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show, sang at her local church, First Free Will Baptist Church, she sang for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler's Day and the Lion's Club. A local admirer arranged.
In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but canceled it when company management changed. Underwood said of the event, "I think it's a lot better that nothing came out of it now, because I wouldn't have been ready then. Everything has a way of working out."While at Checotah High School, she was an Honor Society member, a cheerleader, played basketball and softball. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian, she chose not to pursue singing after graduation. She said, ``. I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the'real world'", she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. She spent part of one of her summers as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame, she waited tables at a pizzeria, worked at a zoo, at a veterinary clinic. Underwood is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
For two summers, she performed in Northeastern State University's Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis, singing Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me". After she sang "Could've Been" by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition. During the top 11 finalists' performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number-one 1980s rock hit "Alone", made famous by Heart, Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would outsell all previous Idol winners. One of the show's producers said she dominated the voting, winning every week handily, she gained a fan base known as "Carrie's Care Bears" during the course of the show. During the final, she sang with Rascal Flatts on "Bless the Broken Road."
On May 25, 2005, Underwood became the season four winner. Her winnings included a recording contract worth at least a million dollars, use of a private jet for a year, a Ford Mustang convertible. Underwood's music
Music of Texas
The U. S. state of Texas has long been a center for musical innovation and is the birthplace of many notable musicians. Texans have pioneered developments in Tejano and Conjunto music, Rock'n Roll, Western swing, punk rock, hip-hop, electronic music, gothic industrial music, religious music, psychedelic rock and the blues. Sacred music has a long tradition in the state of Texas; the East Texas Musical Convention was organized in 1855, is the oldest Sacred Harp convention in Texas, the second oldest in the United States. The Southwest Texas Sacred Harp Convention was organized in 1900. Sacred Harp and other books in four shape notation were the forerunners of seven shape note gospel music. According to the Handbook of Texas, "The first Texas community singing using the seven shape note tradition occurred in the latter part of December 1879. Itinerant teachers representing the A. J. Showalter Company of Dalton, Georgia – including company founder A. J. Showalter – ventured west to Giddings in East Texas and conducted a rural music school that lasted for several weeks."
Texas has been home to several gospel music convention publishers, including the National Music Company, Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Company, the Stamps Quartet Music Company. Convention gospel music and community singings still occur in a number of Texas towns, including Mineral Wells, Jacksonville and Stephenville. Gospel singer and musician Washington Phillips was from Freestone County. Gospel singer and pianist Arizona Dranes, who introduced ragtime and barrelhouse to gospel music, was from Texas as well. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin was born in 1868 near Texarkana, became famous playing music halls in Missouri. Gene Austin was born in Gainesville in 1900. Austin popularized the song "My Blue Heaven", he is remembered as the original "crooner", was known as "The Voice of the Southland". Texas has been the birthplace of numerous country musicians and continues to host a vibrant country music culture. Texan honky-tonk musicians like Milton Brown and Bob Wills helped popularize Western swing, modern artists like Asleep at the Wheel continue the genre's distinct style.
Other genres of country evolved in Texas. Marcia Ball, born in Orange, combined country with Cajun influences. Ernest Tubb and his country song "Walking the Floor Over You" set the stage for the rise of stars like Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Horton. Ponty Bone, Joe Ely, Lloyd Maines, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jay Boy Adams, Tommy Hancock, among others, helped invent the 1960s Lubbock sound, based out of Lubbock, Texas. Mac Davis is a singer and songwriter from Lubbock who became one of the most successful country singers of the 1970s and 1980s. Outlaw country is another offshoot that has its roots in Texas, with Texans like Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey, the Lost Gonzo Band, Gary P. Nunn, Willie Nelson leading the movement, ably supported by writers like Billy Joe Shaver, it was this scene based out of Austin, that inspired performers like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, whose poetic narratives owe much to the folk tradition and proved enormously influential on younger Texan artists such as Nanci Griffith and Steve Earle, who in turn inspired the alternative country scene.
Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves both grew up in Panola County in East Texas. Bob Luman was born in Nacogdoches. Kenny Rogers, from Houston, has a career spanning more than 50 years, his 1978 album The Gambler remains one of the most famous country albums released, having sold a reported 35 million copies worldwide. From the Houston area are Clint Black, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett. Modern musicians like George Strait, from the San Antonio area, continue to carry on the tradition of country music in Texas. Strait "The King of Country" is a singer and music producer known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, traditional country music, he holds the world record for the most #1 hit singles by any artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 60 #1 hit singles as of 2016. Within country music, the distinct styles of singers such as The Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, the Eli Young Band, others are dubbed "Texas music".
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is located in Texas. Zydeco a musical genre that evolved in Southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers is popular in Southeast Texas cities in Houston, Port Arthur, Orange; the blues spread to Texas by the 20th century. The original audience was African-American workers at lumber oilfields; when the Great Depression hit, many musicians moved to cities like Houston and Galveston, where they created a style known as Texas blues. Blind Lemon Jefferson was the first major artist of the field, he was followed by legends like Henry Thomas, Blind Willie Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, T-Bone Walker, as well as Melvin Jackson, Alger "Texas" Alexander, Little Hat Jones, Buster Pickens, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Goree Carter. Freddie King, born in Gilmer, was active from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. By the 1970s, Texas blues had lost much of its original popularity, but was revived by the blues rock stylings of artists like John
Deana Kay Carter is an American country music singer-songwriter who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, certified 5× Multi-Platinum in the United States for sales of over five million. It was followed by 1998's Everything's Gonna Be Alright, 2003's I'm Just a Girl, 2005's The Story of My Life, 2007's The Chain. Overall, Carter's albums have accounted for 14 singles, including three which reached Number One on the Billboard country charts: "Strawberry Wine", "We Danced Anyway", "How Do I Get There". Carter was born in Nashville, the daughter of singer Fred Carter, Jr. Despite her famous father, she did not have a smooth path to a recording deal. After an initial lack of success at age 17, she entered the University of Tennessee, majoring in rehabilitation therapy and becoming a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Little Sister known as a "Little Sister of Minerva." During college, she sang at various campus locations, performing for the enjoyment of singing, rather than with the intent of pursuing a musical career.
She was a local bartender at the Back Door Tavern on Kingston Pike. After she graduated, she worked with recovering head injury patients. Although she found the work rewarding and worthwhile, she realized that her first love was music, decided to pursue the music career she had left. Carter had a son during their relationship. On October 3, 2009, Carter married boyfriend Brandon Malone in Malibu. In November 2012, Carter filed for legal separation from Malone. Carter has been a national spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. Carter was the author of a book, Songs From the Heart, her first big break came when one of her demo tapes caught the attention of Willie Nelson, who invited her to take part in the 1994 Farm Aid VII concert as the show's only female soloist. That same tape led to a contract with Capitol Records that year. In early 1995 she released her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?, in the UK on Patriot Records. However, the label folded shortly after the album's release.
In 1996, Carter released her debut country single, "Strawberry Wine," which reached No. 1 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks. Did I Shave My Legs for This? was released in North America to great success. The album debuted at No. 2 on the U. S. Top Country Albums chart and sold well over five million copies, produced two further No. 1 hits in "We Danced Anyway" and "How Do I Get There." Carter was featured on the soundtrack to the 1997 animated movie Anastasia, for her version of "Once Upon a December." The track was made into a music video and received rotation on CMT at the time "How Do I Get There" was charting as a radio single. In September 1998, Carter released her sixth single, "Absence of the Heart," as the lead-off single to her second album, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, released on October 20, 1998; the album peaked at No. 6 and sold just enough to receive a Gold certification, far less than the sales of her debut album. The album produced a Top 20 in its lead single and three further singles, two of which were minor Top 40 hits.
After her second album failed to follow up on the success of her debut, she attempted for several years to get new material out. But after dealing with a total of four label presidents and a failed attempt to push out a third album in 2001, she chose to end her relationship with Capitol Records over differences on creative direction. After releasing her third studio album, Father Christmas, on Rounder Records in November 2001, a divorce from husband Chris DiCroce, she relocated to Los Angeles. In 2002, Carter released her first single in three years. "There's No Limit," which became her sixth Top 20 hit with a peak of No. 14 in early 2003, served as the lead-off single to her fourth studio album, I'm Just a Girl, released on March 18, 2003. The title-track was released as the album's second single, was a minor Top 40 hit. No further singles were released from the album, Carter once again parted ways with her record label. In 2004, Carter signed with independent record label Vanguard Records, she released the song " Texas" in March 2005, but it failed to chart and was shortly replaced with "One Day at a Time," which served as the lead single to her fifth studio album, The Story of My Life.
It only remained on the chart for five weeks and peaked at No. 55. The Story of My Life peaked at No. 26 on the U. S. Country Albums chart, all further singles failed to chart. Despite having less success, Carter had more artistic freedom with this album and was able to write and produce all 11 tracks. Live in Concert, Carter's first live album, was released in early 2007 through Big Band Concert Series; the album includes one previously-unreleased song, "Angels of the Heart," as well as other concert favorites. Although released in 2007, all of the live performances on the album were recorded in 1998. Carter's sixth studio album, The Chain, was released on October 9, 2007; the Chain was a cover album. Many of the tracks featured the original artists as duet partners, such as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson; the album was unsuc
Jerrod Lee Niemann is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has released one single for Category 5 Records, three albums for Sea Gayle Music/Arista Nashville: Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, Free the Music, High Noon, his current single "God Made a Woman" for Curb Records; these albums have produced a combined ten Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the Platinum Number 1 singles "Lover, Lover" and "Drink to That All Night" and Gold Top 5 single "What Do You Want". He has co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the chart topping Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun". Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat, Diamond Rio, The Cadillac Three, Mark Chesnutt, John Anderson, Neal McCoy, Christian Kane, Julie Roberts have recorded Niemann's songs. Niemann has appeared as a guest artist on The Doobie Brothers Southbound; as a singer and songwriter, Niemann has sold over 20 million downloads.
Niemann was born in Harper, but raised in Liberal, Kansas. From an early age, he was influenced by country acts such as Lefty Frizzell, Keith Whitley, George Strait, he learned to play his first musical instrument on a Tracy Lawrence autographed guitar his mother won in a contest at a Lawrence concert. After graduating from Liberal High School, Niemann attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. Niemann began his professional music career by singing and playing acoustic guitar in Texas clubs and bars the Stockyard Saloon and the historic White Elephant Saloon located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. In 1999 he self-released his debut album Long Hard Road. Niemann moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2000, he signed a developmental deal with Mercury Records in August 2001 but did not release anything on the label. After parting with Mercury Records and his band continued touring the club circuit across America playing venues such as the Grizzly Rose in Denver and the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.
He soon traveled to Europe to tour with the band Kane consisting of members Christian Kane and Steve Carlson. In 2006, he signed to Category 5 Records and charted with the single "I Love Women"; the label closed shortly after this single's release, the album Behind This Microphone was never released. Niemann signed to Arista Nashville's Sea Gayle division, co-owned by Brad Paisley, in 2010, his debut single "Lover, Lover", was released in early 2010. In March 2010, "Lover, Lover" became Niemann's first Top 40 single on the country music charts and in August 2010 hit Number 1; the song is included on his first major-label album, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury," which debuted at Number 1 on Billboard Top Country Sales Chart. The album was named one of The New York Times Top 10 Albums of the Year; the album's second single, "What Do You Want", debuted on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart that October. In November 2010, Niemann was nominated in the "New Artist" category for that year's Country Music Association Country Music Association Awards.
At the 2010 American Country Awards, Niemann was nominated for "Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist," "Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist," and "Music Video: Breakthrough Artist" for "Lover, Lover." He was nominated for "Breakthrough Video of the Year" for "Lover, Lover" at the 2011 Country Music Television Country Music Television Music Awards. In May 2011, "What Do You Want" peaked at Number 4; the album's third single, "One More Drinkin' Song", reached Number 13 in December 2011. Niemann finished up the year with four nominations at the American Country Awards, including "Artist of the Year: New Artist," "Music Video of the Year," "Music Video: Male," and "Music Video. Niemann released his fourth Arista single, "Shinin' on Me", on April 9, 2012, his second Arista album, Free the Music, was released on October 2, 2012. The album's second single, "Only God Could Love You More", was released to country radio on October 29, 2012."Drink to That All Night" was released in late 2013 as the first single off of his third album for Arista.
The album, High Noon, was released in March 2014, debuting at Number 2 on Billboard Top Country Sales. In April 2014, "Drink to That All Night" became his second Number 1 single. Niemann collaborated with Pitbull on the remix of the song. Singles "Donkey" and "Buzz Back Girl" were released off this album. Niemann parted ways with Arista Nashville in January 2016, shortly after releasing another single titled "Blue Bandana". In March 2016 Niemann signed a record deal with Curb Records, he charted in top 30 with the song "A Little More Love". In March 2017, Niemann released the single "God Made A Woman," a song he called "my favorite song I’ve recorded." Niemann's wife, Morgan, is featured in the music video. On October 6, 2017, Niemann his first for Curb Records; the album reminds fans, country radio that Jerrod is one of the genre's most engaging vocalists and entertaining performers. In October 2017, "I Got This" was named Jerrod's new radio single. Jerrod hits that mark on "I Got This," a easygoing jam destined for summertime playlists.
Written by Rodney Clawson, Josh Osborne and Luke Dick, "I Got This" drops the listener right inside the song, thanks to visual lyrics and the air that exists between them. The artist himself isn't immune to its imagery. "It puts me in the driver's seat of that car in your mind," Jerro