Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958) is an American 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.

Carpenter's most successful album to date remains 1992's Come On Come On, which yielded seven charting country singles and was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. for sales exceeding four million copies. She followed it with Stones in the Road (1994) and A Place in the World (1996), which both featured hit singles. In the 2000s, Carpenter's albums departed both thematically and musically from her early work, becoming less radio-friendly and more focused on societal and political issues. In 2007, she released The Calling. She followed that with The Age of Miracles (2010), Ashes and Roses (2012) and the orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (2014).

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. As of 2005, she had sold more than 12 million records. On October 7, 2012, Mary Chapin Carpenter was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Carpenter has performed on television shows such as Late Night with David Letterman and Austin City Limits and on radio shows such as The Diane Rehm Show. She also tours frequently, returning to Washington almost every summer to perform at the popular outdoor venue Wolf Trap.

She is a fifth cousin of the late Harry Chapin (along with his brothers Tom & Steve), "Cat's in the Cradle" singer and humanitarian.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Hometown Girl 1
1989 State of the Heart 2
1990 Shooting Straight in the Dark 3
1992 Come On Come On 5 2
1994 Stones in the Road 5 2
1996 A Place in the World 2
2001 Time* Sex* Love* 2
2004 Between Here and Gone 1
2007 The Calling 2
2008 Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas 2
2010 The Age of Miracles 2
2012 Ashes and Roses 3
2014 Songs From the Movie 1
2016 The Things That We Are Made Of 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1999 Party Doll and Other Favorites 2
2003 The Essential Mary Chapin Carpenter 1
The Very Best of Mary Chapin Carpenter 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1994 Shut Up and Kiss Me 3
1994 Tender When I Want to Be 1
1999 Almost Home 1
2008 Album Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas [Bonus Single] 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Live at 'Her Majesty's Theatre' 1

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