Victoria Shaw (singer)

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Victoria Shaw
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Background information
Birth name Victoria Lynn Shaw
Born (1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 52)
Origin Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Country
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984-present
Labels MPB, Reprise, Taffeta
Associated acts Garth Brooks
Lady Antebellum
John Michael Montgomery
Doug Stone
Jessie Farrell
Website http://www.victoriashaw.com

Victoria Lynn Shaw (born July 13, 1962 in Manhattan, New York City, New York[1]) is an American country music artist. She has recorded four studio albums, and has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. In addition, she has co-written four Number One singles for other country music artists, including John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me", which won the 1993 Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year. With Paul Worley, she is also the co-producer of the debut album of Lady Antebellum.

Biography[edit]

Shaw was born in Manhattan, New York City, on July 13, 1962. Inspired by country rock musicians such as the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, she began writing songs at an early age.[1] Later, she and her sister, Lori Shaw, found work performing together in the Los Angeles area. Shaw's mother, Carole Bergenthal, recorded for Capitol Records as Carole Bennett.[2] The Shaws moved to California when Shaw was about five years old. Her mother, who was Jewish, would sing Yiddish lullabies to her. By age thirteen, Shaw had founded a band called Solace, which performed at weddings and bar mitzvahs.[2]

Eventually, Shaw moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she found a publishing contract and a record deal. A minor single, "Break My Heart", was released in 1984 on the MPB label, peaking at No. 61 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Her first major hit as a songwriter came in 1992, when Garth Brooks recorded her song "The River" and took it to the top of the Billboard country charts.[3] A year later, Doug Stone reached Number One on the country charts with Shaw's "Too Busy Being in Love". Later that same year, another Shaw-penned song — John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me" — reached the top of the country charts and won an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.[3]

In 1994, Shaw signed to Reprise Records, releasing her debut album In Full View that year. Three of this album's singles — "Cry Wolf", "Tears Dry" and "Forgiveness" — all reached the lower regions of the Hot Country Songs charts. That same year, Brooks reached Number One with another one of Shaw's compositions, the song "She's Every Woman". In 1995, Shaw received a Top New Female Vocalist nomination from the Academy of Country Music, losing to Chely Wright.[4]

Shaw's second album for Reprise, Victoria Shaw, was released in 1997. However, it produced no chart singles. In 1998, Shaw collaborated with Brooks, Billy Dean, Faith Hill, Olivia Newton-John, Neal McCoy, Michael McDonald and Bryan White for a charity single (written for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation) entitled "One Heart at a Time", which charted at No. 56 on the Billboard Hot 100. Also that year, Trisha Yearwood recorded the song "Where Your Road Leads", which Shaw co-wrote and originally recorded on In Full View. Yearwood's rendition of the song, which was recorded as a duet with Brooks, served as the title track to her 1998 album Where Your Road Leads, from which it was released as a single.

After exiting Reprise in 1998, Shaw released her third album, Old Friends, New Memories, in 2001 on the Taffeta label. This album included her renditions of the songs that she had written for other artists. In the mid-2000s, Shaw returned to songwriting as well. She has won two Daytime Emmy Awards, in both 1999 and 2000, for co-writing songs for the daytime dramas One Life to Live and As The World Turns.[5] Two of her songs, Emerson Drive's "A Good Man" and Eric Church's "Two Pink Lines", both charted in 2006. She and Paul Worley co-produced Lady Antebellum's self-titled debut album, which was released in April 2008. Later that same year, Shaw released her fourth album, Bring On the Love. Shaw also produced Jessie Farrell's second album, Good, Bad & Pretty Things, which was released in Canada in October 2009. In addition, she co-wrote Sarah Buxton's "Outside My Window."

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details
In Full View
Victoria Shaw
  • Release date: May 20, 1997
  • Label: Reprise Records
Old Friends, New Memories
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Taffeta Records
Bring On the Love
  • Release date: September 11, 2007
  • Label: Taffeta Records
Fa La La
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Label: Taffeta Records

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1984 "Break My Heart" 61 N/A
"I've Changed My Mind"
1994 "Cry Wolf" 57 72 In Full View
"Tears Dry" 74
1995 "Forgiveness" 58
"(A Day in the Life of a) Single Mother" 82
1997 "Don't Move" Victoria Shaw
"Different Drum"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country US
1998 "One Heart at a Time" Various artists 69 56 charity single

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US AC
2011 "Santa's Toyride" (with Robin Meade) 21 Fa La La

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1994 "Cry Wolf"[6] Gerry Wenner
"Tears Dry"[7] Fritz Feick
1995 "Forgiveness"[8] Gerry Wenner
1997 "Don't Move"[9] David Abbott

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "allmusic Victoria Shaw Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b Bernarde, Scott R. (2003). Stars of David: Rock'n'roll's Jewish Stories. UPNE. p. 329. ISBN 1584653035. 
  3. ^ a b "Victoria Shaw Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  4. ^ "30 Years of Country Music Saluted at Anniversary Show". Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Awards for Victoria Shaw (III)". imdb.com. 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Cry Wolf". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Tears Dry". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Forgiveness". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Don't Move". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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