Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

"... Captivating on silent type ... the music of Mary Chapin Carpenter is a unklassifizierbares hybrid of pop, folk and country." (New York Times)

FOr her new album "Songs From The Movie" has once again laid hands on some of their own classics and awakens as orchestral works to life in compelling ways Mary Chapin Carpenter. Side since 1990 it stood by the composer, arranger and producer Vince Mendoza (Sting, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell) and as a co-producer again Matt Rollings (Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett), the Carpenter already working very closely. "Songs From The Movie" reflects Mary Chapin Carpenters enthusiasm for classic film and symphonic music resists.

As inspiration for this exciting project calls such groundbreaking film composers Elmer Bernstein and Thomas Newman, as well as contemporary classical composers such as Tobias Picker and Morten Lauridsen. The idea for this album was the artist for some time through the head. What it lacked was the right partner. Only when you have the possibility afforded to cooperate with the extremely popular Vince Mendoza, she was finally able to embark on the project.

Mendoza made fOr ten wisely selected pieces of songwriter wonderful, cinematic arrangements, so that the whole album is like listening to a movie soundtrack throughout. This also explains the title of this album. Where these "Songs From The Movie" are merely the soundtrack to an imaginary film.

The album was recorded with a 63-piece orchestra and a 15-voice choir at the legendary AIR Studios in London. "Part of the challenge in this new musical environment was to find the right approach for each song while singing," says Carpenter. "There is a huge difference whether you sing with an orchestra or in a band. I had to learn to ride the huge wave of sound that creates an orchestra, and also pay attention to me not too much to sing in the foreground. The key to success was to find a quiet voice that nevertheless radiates strength. "

And this is their undeniably succeeded perfectly. In each song Carpenter enters new musical territory. Just like on "Songs From The Movie" has the singer actually never heard. "I grew up in a household in which incessantly movie soundtracks and classical music ran because my mother loved her so," said Carpenter, the genesis of this project. "It had something magical to record the album in London's AIR Studios. And work with Vince in how he transformed my songs with his arrangements, was an extraordinary artistic experience. I guess incredibly happy that I had this chance, something to realize that so different from anything I've done in the past and make the future even remember. "

This level of enthusiasm and fearless creativity runs like a thread through Mary Chapin Carpenters career that began in the early 1980s and in the course of which it sold more than 13 million albums and won FIVE Grammys.

born in the university town of Princeton / New Jersey in 1958, Carpenter started early playing guitar and writing songs. As a teenager she went in the Washington music club scene a name. However, it should, a few more years until the AR manager of Columbia Records took notice of her and offered her a recording contract. Their debut album "Hometown Girl" was released in 1987 but achieved only modest success. The flow was finally ended with the following two albums - "State of The Heart" (1989) and "Shooting Straight" (1991) -, which spawned four top 20 hits, including the a Grammy winning smash hit "Down at The Twist And Shout ". The real commercial breakthrough came in 1992 with the album "Come On Come On", which was quadruple-platinum and were released from the no less than seven singles who all found their way into the charts.

Equally successful were the albums "Stones In The Road" (1994), "A Place In The World" (1996), "Time * Sex * Love *" (2001) and "Between Here And Gone" (2004). 2007 joined Mary Chapin Carpenter to a new record company, Zoe Records / Rounder Records, for the First album "The Calling" grossed which was promptly nominated in the category "Best Contemporary Folk / Americana Album" Grammy. Then they brought there the amazing creative Christmas album "Come Darkness Come Light: 12 Songs Of Christmas" out (2008), the Grammy nominated album, "The Age Of Miracles" (2010) and "Ashes And Roses" (2012).

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