Carolyn Dawn Johnson Biography

30 April 1971, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. This country singer-songwriter was raised on a farm in Deadwood, Alberta, learning to play piano and singing in church. After finishing college Johnson relocated to Vancouver where she attended recording engineering school and performed her own material at any opportunity. She moved to her spiritual home of Nashville, Texas in the mid-90s. A publishing deal with Patrick Joseph Music was supplemented by work as a studio vocalist on albums by Mindy McCready, Martina McBride, Patty Loveless, and Kenny Rogers among others. She toured with McBride in 1999 and signed a recording contract with Arista Records. Her reputation received another boost when Chely Wright took her ‘Single White Female’ to the top of the country charts the same year. She released her excellent debut album Room With A View in 2001, and while the single ‘Complicated’ was climbing high on the US charts joined McBride and Reba McEntire on the Girls’ Night Out tour. Later in the year Johnson received five trophies in the Canadian Country Music Awards, but her career failed to take off in America as expected. The beautiful country ballad ‘Die Of A Broken Heart’, featuring Keith Urban, received plenty of accolades in her native Canada but sunk without a trace south of the border, a fate which also befell her second album Dress Rehearsal.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.