Mary Chapin Carpenter signs new record deal
Friday, September 22, 2006
– Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Sony for her entire career, just signed a worldwide recording contract with Rounder Records. A new studio album, "The Calling," will be out on the label's rock/pop imprint ZoŽ Records in March 2007.
The album was recorded and co-produced with keyboard virtuoso Matt Rollings (Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban), with whom Carpenter co-produced her critically-acclaimed previous album, "Between Here & Gone." "The Calling" will feature all new original songs.
Over the course of 10-albums, Carpenter has won five Grammy awards and sold more than 12 million albums. She has had 12 top 10 singles, including "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "I Feel Lucky" and "Down at the Twist and Shout."
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