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Interview with Carolyn Dawn Johnson

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Four  years after making the 60-hour drive from Vancouver, British Columbia to Nashville, Tennessee, CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON scored her first hit as a songwriter when Chely Wright took Single White Female all the way to #1. That success led to publishing deals and cuts with several other artists like Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, and Jo Dee Messina. After signing a record deal with Sony’s Arista Nashville in 2000, CDJ released music of her own starting with her debut album entitled Room With a View. The project gave us the hit singles & much-loved songs Georgia, Complicated & I Don't Want You To Go. Besides vocals for her own albums, Carolyn can be heard on recordings with Martina McBride, Johnny Reid, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and Patty Loveless.  To date, she has racked up nearly 20 CCMAs, as well as being crowned the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist in 2002. The American Music Awards hailed her as Favorite New Country Artist the following year. She's achieved success and recognition as a producer for other artists including producing the upcoming album for fellow Canadian Country artist Lisa Brokop. “I like to say that I’ve had many bonuses to my dreams … things, people, events and accolades, in addition to - and off the beaten path - from my original goals,” reflects CDJ. “I’ve certainly gone further then I actually imagined, but that doesn’t make me stop in my tracks. I just want to keep doing this for the rest of my life. Music truly is what makes my world go round.