NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – It’s been exactly 30 years since Paulette Carlson formed the ground-breaking country group, Highway 101. After collecting four total ACM and CMA awards for “Vocal Group of the Year,” along with multiple Grammy nominations, Highway 101 led the field in the late 80’s and early 90’s, fueled by Carlson’s distinctive vocals, which would lead the group to 10 Top Ten hits.
“Wow, it’s such a wonderful feeling looking back and remembering all the great times we had,” says Carlson. “I remember at the time, I had such a certain feeling that this was really going to be a successful endeavor. And of course working with Warner Brothers, Chuck Morris and Paul Worley, how could it not be? Hats off to my fellow cohorts in Highway 101… didn’t we have fun!”
After forming in 1986, Highway 101 would go on to release their debut single, the Paulette Carlson-penned anthem, “The Bed You Made for Me.” The song burst onto the country charts, establishing Highway 101 as the premiere vocal group in the genre. From that point, Highway 101 would go on to release hit-after-hit, with timeless tracks like “Cry, Cry, Cry and “Somewhere Tonight.” After spending five years with the band and leading them to multiple Grammy nominations, Carlson moved on from the group.
Paulette Carlson continues to make music today. The heartfelt vocalist has shifted her efforts to raise attention to issues near and dear to the award-winning singer’s heart. Her song, “Thank You Vets” was created to honor military servicemen and women. The song was specifically dedicated to Carlson’s brother Gary, who served in the 82nd Airborne and 173rd Division in Vietnam as a paramedic. The track was featured on Carlson’s album, It’s About Time. The country chart-topper continues to make music that will remind fans of the voice that they fell in love with exactly 30 years, with many surprises in store as Carlson begins the next chapter of her career.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 29, 2016) – Webster Public Relations is excited to announce the signing of Paulette Carlson to its’ roster for publicity representation. “Throughout her career, Paulette has been one of the most distinctive song stylists in Country Music,” said the company’s Kirt Webster in a statement. As she embarks on many new and exciting career opportunities, our staff is ready to help her take her next musical chapter to the world.”
Carlson was born in Moose Lake, Minnesota, and made a name for herself playing throughout the mid-west. Word of her talent reached Nashville, and she soon found herself in Music City – releasing a trio of singles for RCA Records. She also spent her time honing her skills as a staff songwriter for one of The Oak Ridge Boys’ publishing companies.
In 1986, she founded the group Highway 101 with highly respected studio musicians Jack Daniels, Scott "Cactus" Moser, and Curtis Stone. The band’s style of West Coast Country quickly found a home with Warner Brothers, where they instantly clicked at radio with the 1987 smash “The Bed You Made For Me.” The success of that song, as well as follow-up hits “Cry, Cry, Cry,” and “Whiskey, If You Were A Woman,” led to their self-titled debut album being certified as Gold for sales in excess of 500,000 copies. They also were rewarded for their success with the Vocal Group of the Year awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
Future hits with the band also included “(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes,” “All The Reasons Why,” and “Who’s Lonely Now.” In 1991, Carlson decided to go solo, charting the hit singles “I’ll Start With You” and “Not With My Heart You Don’t.” Her most recent studio project has been It’s About Time, for which she supported with a tour of military bases – a cause near and dear to her heart. She also released a Christmas project in 2015, titled Christmas Is For You...
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