Victoria Shaw (singer)

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Victoria Shaw
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Background information
Birth nameVictoria Lynn Shaw
Born (1962-07-13) July 13, 1962 (age 58)
OriginManhattan, New York City, United States
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1983–present
LabelsMPB, Reprise, Taffeta
Associated actsGarth Brooks, Lady A, John Michael Montgomery, Doug Stone, Jessie Farrell
Websitevictoriashaw.com

Victoria Lynn Shaw (born July 13, 1962, in Manhattan, New York City[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 Garth Brooks' "The River"[2] as featured on the multi-million selling album Ropin' The Wind and John Michael Montgomery's "I Love the Way You Love Me",[3] which won the 1993 Academy of Country Music[4] award for Song of the Year. With Paul Worley, she is also the co-producer of the debut album of Lady A.

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.[5] 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.[5]

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 she co-wrote with Garth Brooks "The River" which Brooks took to No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart.[6] A year later, Doug Stone reached No. 1 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" — also reached No. 1 the country charts and won an Academy of Country Music award for Song of the Year.[6]

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 the song "She's Every Woman" which the two wrote together. In 1995, Shaw received a Top New Female Vocalist nomination from the Academy of Country Music, losing to Chely Wright.[7]

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.[8] 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 A'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."

As part of the show Property Brothers: At Home on the Ranch, show hosts Drew and Jonathan Scott—along with Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson—wrote and recorded two country singles that premiered during the third and fourth episode of the series.[9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Released Label
In Full View
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Lucky Me Lucky You"
  • Victoria Shaw, Andy Byrd
3:01
2."Love On Down the Line"
2:37
3."Forgiveness"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Bob DiPiero
3:31
4."Good As Gone"
3:17
5."You Don't Know Love"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Andy Byrd
3:30
6."Bring My Baby Home"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Ken Meeker
3:01
7."Cry Wolf"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jess Leary
2:55
8."(A Day in the Life Of A) Single Mother"
3:04
9."Tears Dry"
3:07
10."Where Your Road Leads"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Desmond Child
3:26
11."Small Talk"Victoria Shaw4:22
Total length:35:51
August 8, 1995 Reprise Records
Victoria Shaw
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Just To Say We Did"
2:53
2."Different Drum"Michael Nesmith3:10
3."In Spite Of It All"3:19
4."Let's Talk About Me"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Steve McClintock
3:12
5."All for the Sake Of Love"
3:46
6."Stuck On You"2:59
7."Wild Rose"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Andy Byrd
2:56
8."Don't Move"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Steve McClintock
3:53
9."One Of Those Days"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jess Leary
3:17
10."I Say The Grace"
3:58
Total length:33:23
May 20, 1997
Old Friends, New Memories
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."That's How Much I Love You"
1:54
2."Tripped"3:56
3."The Other Woman"
3:17
4."Too Busy Being in Love"
3:53
5."Crying Time"Victoria Shaw3:31
6."The Man Who Lived Here"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
4:06
7."Every Time We Say Goodbye"
3:31
8."Keeps Bringing Me Back"
4:04
9."She's Every Woman"
3:07
10."So Many Miracles"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
4:05
11."Waikiki Cowboy"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
2:38
12."I Love The Way You Love Me"
3:57
13."Almost Mine"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Cliff Downs
  • David Pack
3:23
14."The River"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Garth Brooks
4:24
Total length:49:46
July 21, 1999 Taffeta Records
Bring On the Love
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bring On the Love"
3:54
2."Eastbound Line"
3:39
3."In Valentine"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jennifer Hanson
3:27
4."You Will"
3:58
5."There's A Song in There Somewhere"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
3:16
6."Who's To Say"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
2:46
7."Every Other Day"
3:20
8."You Can't Make Me"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
  • Kylie Sackley
3:26
9."Never Alone"
3:58
10."God and Me"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
3:00
Total length:34:44
September 11, 2007
Fa La La
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fa La La"
2:49
2."Coming Home for Christmas"
4:17
3."Mrs. Claus"
2:34
4."Pink Flamingos"
3:45
5."Santa's Toyride" (feat. Robin Meade)3:38
6."Sending You a Little Christmas"
3:56
7."Christmas 'Round the World"
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Gary Burr
4:25
8."Virgin's Lullaby" (feat. Ty Herndon, Jimmy Wayne, Chad Carlson & Billy Dean)
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jason Deere
4:20
9."I Pray"
  • Jim Brickman
  • Sharon Thorn
  • Stuart Thorn
3:53
10."Fa La La" (Reggae Version)
  • Victoria Shaw
  • Jim Brickman
2:46
11."The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" (feat. Ruby Locknar & Ava Locknar)Ross Bagdasarian1:46
Total length:38:09
November 15, 2011

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US Country CAN Country
1983 "Forever on My Mind" N/A
1984 "Break My Heart" 61
"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"[10] Gerry Wenner
"Tears Dry"[11] Fritz Feick
1995 "Forgiveness"[12] Gerry Wenner
1997 "Don't Move"[13] David Abbott

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "allmusic Victoria Shaw Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  2. ^ "Hot Country Songs". billboard.com. Billboard. July 24, 1992. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hot Country Songs". billboard.com. Billboard. May 14, 1993. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "Song of the Year – Artist". acmcountry.com. Academy of Country Music. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Bernarde, Scott R. (2003). Stars of David: Rock'n'roll's Jewish Stories. UPNE. p. 329. ISBN 1584653035.
  6. ^ a b "Victoria Shaw Biography". Oldies.com. Retrieved November 5, 2007.
  7. ^ "30 Years of Country Music Saluted at Anniversary Show". Beacon Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
  8. ^ "Awards for Victoria Shaw (III)". imdb.com. 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  9. ^ "HGTV'S Scott Brothers Freshen Up a Family Farm in 'Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch'" (Press release). Scripps Network Interactive. October 28, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Cry Wolf". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Tears Dry". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Forgiveness". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Victoria Shaw : Don't Move". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011.

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