They think they’ll keep her. Mary Chapin Carpenter that is. This Sunday, October 7 the acclaimed folk country songwriter, singer, and musician will be inducted into the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Mary Chapin burned-up the country charts in the 1990s with a string of self-penned hits. Her poignant, female-empowered and sometimes downright liberal lyrics on songs such as “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” (insert aha moment as you now re-read the lead sentence for this post) earned her heaps of critical acclaim including five Grammy Awards, four of which were won consecutively from 1992 to 1995 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. That’s a feat that no other artist has matched before or since.
She is also equally well-versed at crafting toe-tapping, good-time tunes like the come-hither “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and the Louisiana-inspired “Down at the Twist and Shout.” I dare you to find a country fan out there that hasn’t sung along to this gem at some point.
Throughout the 2000s, Mary Chapin has continued to wow critics with her intelligent lyrics including her Summer 2012 release Ashes and Roses. And her songwriting credits go beyond her own singles with tunes written for the likes of Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood, Art Garfunkel and The Dixie Chicks. Her induction into the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame adds her to the ranks of “note”-worthy wordsmiths such as Dolly Parton, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, and Jimmy Buffet.
Accompanying Mary Chapin in the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 are Tony Arata (“The Dance,” Garth Brooks; “Here I Am,” Patty Loveless; “Dreaming With My Eyes Open,” Clay Walker), Kim Williams (“Ain’t Goin’ Down Till the Sun Comes Up,” Garth Brooks; “Fall in Love,” Kenny Chesney; “Three Wooden Crosses,” Randy Travis), and Larry Hensley (“The Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler and others; “The World Needs a Melody,” The Carter Family with Johnny Cash; “‘Til I Get It Right,” Tammy Wynette.) Southern Living congratulates Mary Chapin Carpenter and her fellow inductees!
Mary Chapin Carpenter is currently on touring in the United States and the United Kingdom. You can follow her on Twitter @M_CCarpenter. To view the full list of Hall of Fame members visit nashvillesongwritesrfoundation.com.