In the ten years of heavy gigging and drinking before her first album, Carpenter progressed from nervy club nights to bar circuit engagements. After having kicked the bottle and concentrating on writing, a 1986 demo won a deal with Columbia and became her acclaimed debut Hometown Girl. Success followed with State Of The Heart (1989) while 1990's Shooting Straight In The Dark and a scene-stealing Country award show performance paved the way for platinum-sellers Come On Come On (1992) - featuring fellow Country queens Shawn Colvin Indigo Girls and Rosanne Cash- and Stones In The Road (1994).

After a huge-grossing 1995 tour, she released A Place In The World, and two of her songs were developed into children's books: Dreamland and, in 1998, Halley Came To Jackson.

Sources: WMCC

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