Full Name: Deana Kay Carter

Description: Vocalist, Composer, USA

Known For: Debut single “Strawberry Wine”,

Instruments: Voice, Guitar

Music Styles: Country

Location: TN, United States of America

Date Born: 4th July 1966
Location Born: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America

Web Site: Deana Carter’s official website

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Deana Carter

Deana Kay Carter (born January 4, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee) is a country music artist who broke through in 1996 with the release of debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which was 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, and 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”, and “How Do I Get There”.

She was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She is 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, and a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Little Sister also 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 also a local bartender at the Back Door Tavern (BDT) on Kingston Hwy. After she graduated, she worked with recovering stroke and head injury patients. Although she found the work rewarding and worthwhile, she eventually realized that her first love was music, and decided to pursue the music career she left earlier.

Carter dated music video director Chris Hicky and had a son during their relationship; Gray Hayes Hicky was born in September 2004. On October 3, 2009, Carter married boyfriend Brandon Malone in Malibu. In November 2012, Carter filed for legal separation from her husband, Brandon Malone citing irreconcilable differences.

Carter has been a national spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation; her late father was a kidney transplant recipient. Carter also 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 (keeping only three of the original tracks) to great success. The album debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Top Country Albums chart and sold well over five million copies, and 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 (since the single had no music video).

After releasing The Chain, Carter took some time off from recording music to spend at home with her son.

In an interview with Jay Cooper of Slither Productions, Carter reported that she had been writing music for her next album, with hopes of releasing the record sometime in 2010. It was announced in March 2010 that Deana Carter had signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville/Chappel Music.

In 2010, Kenny Chesney covered “You and Tequila,” a song co-written by Carter with Matraca Berg for the album I’m Just a Girl, and included it on his album Hemingway’s Whiskey. Chesney’s version was later released as the album’s fourth single in May 2011 and features guest vocals from Grace Potter. It peaked at number 3 in September 2011, and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2011 CMA Awards.

Deana Carter’s third studio and holiday album, Father Christmas, was re-released on December 13, 2011 via Adamant Records, ten years after its initial release.

In 2013, Carter formed her own record label, Little Nugget Records.[8] Southern Way of Life, Carter’s seventh studio album, released on December 2, 2013. In 2013, Carter re-released Father Christmas with her own record label, Little Nugget Records.

Albums include.

1996 Did I Shave My Legs for This?
1998 Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
2001 Father Christmas
2002 The Deana Carter Collection
2003 I’m Just a Girl
2005 The Story of My Life
2007 The Chain


  1. ^ CMT.com : Deana Carter : Biography
  2. Jump up ^ Deana Carter & Brandon Malone marry on Malibu Beach
  3. Jump up ^ “Country Singer Deana Carter Files for Separation”

    . All Voices. Retrieved 17 November 2012.

  4. Jump up ^ “Songs From the Heart: Deana Carter: Music”

    . Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-04-04.

  5. Jump up ^ CMT: Deana Carter Moves Forward
  6. Jump up ^ Country Universe – 100 Greatest Women, No. 81 Deana Carter
  7. Jump up ^ Deana Carter News: Interview
  8. Jump up ^ Morris, Edward (2013-12-20). “Deana Carter Out With Southern Way of Life in December”

    . Country Music Television. Retrieved 11 December 2014.