Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Born Feb 21, 1958

Mary Chapin Carpenter is an American folk and country music 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.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Chapin Carpenter.


1958 Birth Born on February 21, 1958.


1969 11 Years Old Carpenter was born in Princeton, New Jersey, to Chapin Carpenter, Jr., a Life Magazine executive, and Mary Bowie Robertson. Carpenter lived in Japan from 1969 to 1971 before moving to Washington, D.C. She attended Princeton Day School, a private coeducational prep school, before graduating from The Taft School in 1976. … Read More


1981 23 Years Old Carpenter graduated from Brown University in 1981 with a degree in American Civilization. … Read More
1987 29 Years Old Carpenter's first album, "Hometown Girl" was produced by John Jennings and was released in 1987. … Read More


1988 30 Years Old The songs of Come On Come On had the qualities that would come to identify her work: humorous, fast-paced country-rock songs with themes of perseverance, desire, and independence, alternating with slow, introspective ballads that speak to social or relational issues. "Passionate Kisses", a cover of fellow singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams's 1988 song, was the album's third single. … Read More
1989 31 Years Old After 1989's State of the Heart, Carpenter released Shooting Straight in the Dark in 1990, which yielded her biggest single up to that point, the Grammy Award-winning "Down at the Twist and Shout". … Read More
Carpenter has won five Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, which she received from 1992 to 1995. … Read More
1993 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper co-wrote "Sally's Pigeons" with Carpenter and released it on her 1993 album Hat Full of Stars.
Judd released the song as a single in 1994, in what Carpenter called "the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me as a songwriter", and it peaked on the U.S. Country chart at No. 10. … Read More
1996 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Carpenter's sixth album, A Place in the World, was released in 1996 to "raves" from publications as varied as Time, People, Elle, the New York Post, and USA Today. … Read More


1998 - 2001 3 More Events
2002 44 Years Old In 2002 Carpenter married contractor Tim Smith. They divorced in 2010. … Read More
2004 46 Years Old In 2004, Carpenter released Between Here and Gone, a somber album that addressed events such as the events of September 11 and the death of singer-songwriter Dave Carter. … Read More
2007 49 Years Old Carpenter's ninth studio album, The Calling, was released in 2007 by Rounder Records' rock/pop imprint Zoë and featured commentary about contemporary politics, including reactions to the impact of Hurricane Katrina ("Houston") and the agreement with the Dixie Chicks ("On With the Song"). … Read More


2010 52 Years Old Carpenter's tenth studio album, The Age of Miracles was released on April 27, 2010. … Read More
2011 53 Years Old In late 2011, Carpenter announced via Facebook and Twitter that she was hard at work on a follow-up album to The Age of Miracles. … Read More
2012 54 Years Old On February 14, 2012, Carpenter announced via her management on her official Facebook page, that her new album, Ashes and Roses, would be released on June 12, 2012.
2013 55 Years Old In October 2013, Carpenter's management announced that she would release her debut orchestral recording with Songs from the Movie on January 14, 2014. … Read More
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