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Deana Carter: They Gave Me Legs To Get Back In The Saddle

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"Well, we might only get one shot so you want the best title that you can come up with."

That's Deana Carter talking to Tony and Maria about the title of her smash debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs For This?". After taking some time off, Deana is back in force with a new album, "Southern Way of Life". Deana explained Thursday morning that she took a break from the biz for her son.

"I was pregnant with him doing a record, The Story of My Life, and then on the road we had a crib in the back of the bus and he learned to walk on the bus and so when he started school...I realized I was missing a play here and things that were important so I decided to pull back and just gradually faded out and just totally focus on him...He asked me a few years ago, he said 'mama, did you get fired? What happened to you, you're not on TV anymore'."

So has being a mother changed what and how she writes?

"My conscience was a lot more pierced in what I was saying. Making sure I'm setting a good example and dig deeper to say more meaningful things."

Deana says she gradually worked her way back into the biz by writing. She penned the Kenny Chesney hit "You and Tequila", and that ended up being the key to her getting back into the fold.

"Kenny kind of funded this record for me...the success of that (You and Tequila) gave me legs to get back in the saddle and go back to Nashville, it really pulled me back in the loop and people just opened arms, they wanted to work with me again."

Deana says her sudden resurgence feels as unexpected as it did back in 1996 when "Strawberry Wine" blasted onto the charts.

"It was so unexpected too, it was a 5 minute waltz pretty much, and at the time it took a long time back in the day to get legs and for it to climb up the charts, and that's back when people would call in and we were going to radio stations, and so it was really fun to experience it that way."

"Southern way of Life" is out now. Deana's holiday album "Father Christmas" has also just been re-released.

Fun Facts About Deana Carter: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She 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".

2) 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.

3) 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."

4) 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).

Deana's CD ‘Southern Way Of Life' is out now, and her CD ‘Father Christmas' has been re-released just in time for the holidays.

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