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Carlene Carter has been releasing music for more than four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century.

Carlene started her career singing with The Carter Family while still a teen. With the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, she established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker’s band The Rumour.

After releasing several more albums throughout the ‘80s, she became Nashville's homecoming queen of 1990 when her rockin' "I Fell In Love" topped the country singles and video charts and was nominated for a Grammy.

Her dynamic personality made her a natural as VH1's first country video hostess with her own daily hour, The Carlene Carter Show, and she had another smash hit single and video with "Every Little Thing," from Little Love Letters, in 1993.

In recent years, she released an album of Carter Family classics entitled Carter Girl, toured and made a record (Sad Clowns & Hillbillies) with John Mellencamp, and was featured in the Ken Burns Country Music documentary series.

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