Victoria Shaw Biography

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13 July 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Having first established herself as a hugely successful Music Row songwriter, Shaw achieved a long-held ambition by releasing her major label debut album in 1995. Earlier, she had formed her first band at the age of 12 and become a professional singer by 18. She was prompted by her musical mother, who found fame in her own right by starting the magazine Big Beautiful Women. However, her daughter’s success as a songwriter took some time to come to fruition. For 10 years she commuted between New York and Nashville, earning a meagre existence in the piano bars of the former to subsidise her trips to the country music capital. Her hard work eventually paid off after eight years, when she was offered a publishing contract. It was another two years before she enjoyed a substantial hit, though when she did, it was for no lesser artist than Garth Brooks. He took ‘The River’ to the top of the country charts, and also recorded Shaw’s ‘She’s Every Woman’. Other artists then formed a queue for her services, including Doug Stone (‘Too Busy Being In Love’) and John Michael Montgomery (‘I Love The Way You Love Me’). Eventually she was able to launch her own solo career, doing so with 1995’s In Full View. Among the many notable tracks on this were ‘(A Day In The Life Of) A Single Mother’, which embodied Shaw’s ability to write slice-of-life narratives without compromising either her viewpoints or country music’s traditional values. The self-titled follow-up was a solid if rather unadventurous collection.

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

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