Personnel includes: Carolyn Dawn Johnson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Paul Worley (12-string acoustic guitar, bass); Biff Watson, Curtis Ryle (acoustic guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (fiddle); Timothy J. Lauer (accordion); Steve Nathan (piano, keyboards); Glenn Worf (bass); Greg Morrow (drums); Terry McMillan (percussion); Martina McBride, Kim Carnes (background vocals).
Producers: Paul Worley, Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
Recorded at The Money Pit, Seventeen Grand, Sound Stage Studios's Groove Room, and Loud Recording, Nashville, Tennessee.
Though ROOM WITH A VIEW is Alberta, Canada native Carolyn Dawn Johnson's debut album, she's no neophyte--she was previously a songwriter to such country luminaries as Chely Wright, for whom she wrote a Number One hit, "Single White Female," Jo Dee Messina, Pam Tillis, and Kathy Mattea. ROOM WITH A VIEW is an outpouring of smart, infectious songs about relationships, both personal and familial, in as many aspects as you could imagine, and more besides.
Kicking off with the hit single "Georgia," with its soaring, hopeful chorus, Johnson takes us on a whirlwind ride through the twists and turns of breakups, old flames remarrying ("Just Another Girl"), unspoken love ("Complicated"), and the heartbreaking "Masterpiece," a song based on the true story of a family tragedy. Throughout, Johnson makes the soul-baring not only palatable but downright catchy, aided by such Nashville luminaries as Kim Carnes, she of "Bette Davis Eyes" fame, and ex-NRBQ guitarist Al Anderson, who assist in penning the album's most rocking cut, the driving "Tumble and Roll."