It’s been 25 years since country music singer-songwriter Deana Carter took the industry by storm with her signature tune “Strawberry Wine.”
Recently, Carter spoke with talk-show host Bobby Bones on his podcast about the song and her career.
She tells Bones, “I knew in my heart that I had some kind of calling in entertainment, and honestly, I thought it was going to be television or acting or something because I had done a lot of that in high school and in my college years.”
Deana Carter Still Stunned By Song’s Longevity With Fans
Her debut album, “Did I Shave My Legs For This?,” was released in 1995. Carter said she worked on that album for five years, ultimately leading to “Strawberry Wine” rising up the country charts.
“I still, to this day, never dreamed, and I’ll be honest, that it would have the longevity that it’s had,” Carter said. “It’s on recurrent radio and it’s like the ‘Stairway To Heaven’ or ‘Freebird.’ This anthem for country music that I’m still blown away that I got to participate in and be a part of because I know that that is a very hard thing to do, and it took a village to make it happen.”
As for the album itself, Carter said, “When the lighters started going up at these arenas, that’s when I was like, ‘What?’ And they weren’t just singing ‘Strawberry Wine,’ they were singing the record, because we saved ‘Strawberry Wine’ for the end. When we’d come out, they would sing the whole thing.”
Back on Jan. 8, Carter shared a life update and New Year’s best wishes with her Instagram followers.
Big 1990s Country Star Carter Turned 55 In January
Deana Carter turned 55 on Jan. 4. Carter burst onto the country music scene in 1996 but her aspirations began early in her life.
According to Carter’s website, her father introduced her to a wide variety of artists. Her father, Fred Carter Jr., was a session guitarist in Nashville. As a result, he worked with the likes of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Bob Dylan. So, this is the music that was in Carter’s home. One of those artists would be incredibly significant to her career.
In 1994, one of Carter’s demo tapes landed in the hands of Nelson. The two had met when Carter’s dad worked with Willie. He was so impressed by her songwriting that he incited her to perform at Farm Aid VII. Later that year, she took the stage with Kris Kristofferson and John Mellencamp. She was the only female solo performer at the show that year.
Later that same year, she landed a deal with Capitol Records and two years later released “Did I Shave My Legs for This?”
The album took so long to come out because Carter had to fight with studio executives who thought that the title was too controversial. In the end, Carter’s resolve paid off and her title stuck.