Music runs in the family for singer-songwriter, producer and record label owner Deana Carter, according to her website.

Deana Carter's dad -- Fred Carter Jr. -- is famous for being a studio producer and guitarist. Deana grew up with a variety of artists that her dad worked with, including Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Waylon Jennings.

She developed her songwriting skills reflecting those influences and at a writer's night in Nashville signed with a label. Willie Nelson ended up with one of her demo tapes and remembered her. Deana was asked by Nelson to perform at Farm Aid in 1994 with Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Nelson.

In 1996, Carter released her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs For This? and climbed both country and pop charts. From that, "Strawberry Wine" topped the charts and won song of the year. Deana was nominated for CMAs Female Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year, Horizon Award and Album of the Year for that album. She won ACM Top New Female Vocalist and Single of the Year for "Strawberry Wine."

In 1998, she released Everything's Gonna Be Alright. Carter's dream came to reality when she sang on her Christmas album, Father Christmas, in 2001 with her dad. A pop album was released in 2003, I'm Just A Girl, the same year as her Greatest Hits album. The CDs The Story of My Life and The Chair both were released before 2010. Her latest CD is Southern Way of Life.

Carter opened her own label, Little Nugget, named after her dad's label, Nugget Records. Now she's writing and producing in Los Angeles and Nashville between touring. Carter co-wrote "You and Tequila," which was nominated for Song of the Year for CMA and ACM and won two Grammys.

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