Wednesday, March 07, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Album:Room With A View
Carolyn Dawn Johnson had her biggest success as a recording artist with the 2001 top five country hit Complicated. But she has had a lot of success as a songwriter in Nashville. In recent years, she has moved back to her native Canada and is still recording there. She was born Apr. 30, 1971 in Grande Prairie, AB and grew up singing in church. She was a big country music fan but didn't think she could make a living in music. But she sat in with bands while in college and the studied music at the Columbia Academy in Vancouver. She decided to concentrate on songwriting. That's right, folks. That's where the money is in the music business. Carolyn moved to Nashville in 1994 and signed a publishing deal. Several of her songs were recorded by others. But the big one was the 1999 number one country hit Single White Female by Chely Wright. and also Downtime by Jo Dee Messina. Carolyn was named Breakthrough Songwriter Of The Year in 2000 by Music Row Magazine. Record companies also came calling and Carolyn signed with Arista Nashville and producer Paul Worley. He is best known for his work with Dixie Chicks and Martina McBride. Room With A View was her debut album. Carolyn co-produced the album and wrote all the songs. It's available as a budget CD. Complicated was the second single and it reached #5 on the Country Singles chart. She also did very well in Canada. Her 2004 album Dress Rehearsal did not do as well in the US though it did well in Canada. In a 2007 interview with the Calgary Sun, Carloyn said Arista wanted her to record songs by other writers. She was OK with that but she didn't think the songs they gave her were as good as her own. So she asked for her release and moved back to Alberta with her husband. She signed with Universal in Canada but does not have a US record deal. Her latest CD Love Rules was released Aug. 2010 and was nominated for a Juno award. It seems like Carolyn Dawn Johnson is very happy to be away from Nashville with her husband and two kids. She is currently touring with Martina McBride. Here's the video for Complicated by Carolyn Dawn Johnson.