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Carson is one of the new country singers who was able to parlay the mass success of country music in the early 1990’s to a massive hit with his first album.
Carson was born Dec. 16, 1964, in Tulsa, Okla., but was raised in the small Arkansas town of Gravette. As a child, he sang in church and played harmonica and guitar. While he was in high school, he and his friends formed a band to play their school’s talent show, performing the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road.”
After they won second place, Carson was convinced to pursue a musical career. Following his high school graduation, he entered a talent contest at an entertainment complex called Ozark Mountain Music in Rogers, Ark.. Although he didn’t come in first, the winner asked Carson to play in his house band. For the next four years, he played with the outfit, until they finally disbanded.
Carson moved to Branson, Mo., where he played bass in local bands and started writing his own songs. In Branson, he met an married his wife, Kim Cooper, who encouraged him to move to Nashville, Tenn. Kim had a friend who played at the Opryland Hotel and his group Texana needed a bassist — hence, Carson moved to Music City in 1989. After some persuasion, he convinced the hotel to book him as a solo act. Around the same time, he signed a songwriting deal with Little Big Town Music and began singing on demo tapes for a variety of companies. Eventually, publisher-producer Chuck Howard heard Carson’s original material and signed a publishing and development deal with him. By 1994, Carson had signed with Curb Records. His self-titled debut album was released in early 995; the second single, from the album, “Not on Your Love,” rocked to number one. It was followed by the Top 10 hits “The Car” and “Holdin’ On to Somethin’.”
By year’s end, Billboard Magazine had name him one of their Top 10 New Artists and “Not On our Love,” its Top 15 song of the year in 1995. In 1996, Carson won the “Video Of The Year” award from the Academy of Country Music for “The Car.” In 1998, he scored a number one hit with “Shine on the Christian chart, then scored number one again in 200 with “Scars & All” and 2001 with “Real Life.” In 2001, he celebrated a top 10 single with “Real Life” on the national country charts. Carson co-wrote the song “Until Forever’s Gone,” recorded by Kenny Rogers. He also co-penned “Until We fall Back In Love Again”.
This year Carson and his producer Chuck Howard released his “Greatest Hits” album that contains “When You Said You Loved Me” which has been released to radio.