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Mary Chapin Carpenter


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Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a highly successful country music singer-songwriter and guitarist. According to Songfacts, Carpenter had a fairly privileged upper middle class upbringing. Her father was at least partly responsible for her embarking on a musical career. The song “House of Cards” was inspired by the divorce of her parents when she was sixteen.

One of her most widely known singles is “Passionate Kisses” (written by fellow singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams), a song with a rock flavor musically and lyrics listing simple desires such as “a comfortable bed”, “food to fill me up”, and “time to think”. Another big hit was “Down At The Twist And Shout”, which she performed in January 1997 at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans.

A number of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s songs speak to women, urging them on through hard times or troubled relationships. In “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”, co-composed by Carpenter and Don Schlitz, the singer makes the case for strength and self-respect. Another common theme in her music is that of taking life at your own pace, rather than rampant goal-driven materialism, such as “The Long Way Home” from her 2001 album Time*Sex*Love, which pokes fun at a man who “retire(s) at thirty to his big-ass house next to the putting green.” The album has a relatively different feel musically, incorporating elaborate orchestra melodies, but with her characteristic lyrical depth.


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  • henry352

    "Down At The Twist And Shout" makes me happy every time :')

    15 Apr 10:36pm Reply

    Mary Chapin Carter was superb on the Bob Harris show (radio 2) the other week! Did anyone hear the session? Was really impressed.

    25 Feb 4:30pm Reply
  • vargas_girl

    What an amazing artist...her voice & her songwriting are on point. I grew up listening to her and I feel very fornuate. I'm not usually a country music fan per say, but I would be if more female musicians in that category had half of her tenacity, originality and and talent. Also, I love her strong feminist leanings, taught me not to take crap from any man at a young age.

    14 Jan 6:41am Reply
  • vanillaskiesx

    Severely underrated.

    6 May 2013 Reply
  • shine_sunfish

    New Album (Ashes and Roses) is great!

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • MyMusicMyDivas

    I Never Fall in Love Again...

    13 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Salonni

    10,000 Miles s2

    5 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tndrft54

    One of my favorite artist ... love the music ...

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Lady3gal3ntin3

    she makes me nostalgic every time I listen to her songs...reminding my days w/ her songs n my teenage dreams...her's just wonderful!

    14 Jan 2011 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    I can't help it, but this woman is absolut wonderful!

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
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  • Ruminator

    I just snagged a copy of "The Calling" and am listening. I love the songs (all of the back catalog too) and the voice. Thank you, ma'am!

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • beldanie

    Beautiful voice!!!and nice songs

    23 Nov 2010 Reply
  • seawis

    wow, great voice!

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Salonni

    Come On Come On <3

    2 Sep 2010 Reply

    If you love Mary Chapin will LOVE LOVE LOVE Seattle-based folk-rocker Kristen Ward! Seriously! check her out. Amazing stuff....

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • historja

    She is the best!

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • RainbowEP

    I listen to far too little Mary... she deserves more.

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ApocaLiz

    She has an amazingly strong voice! I really like female singers with deep voices.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mickeyglitter

    I owe my sister a huge thank you for turning me onto M-CC's music. I doubt I'd have found her on my own. <3!

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
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