Mary Chapin Carpenter Shares Emmy Accolades with Nashville Public Television

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Wins for Narration of Civil War Doc on Women

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter has added an Emmy Award to her accolades. Carpenter picked up an Emmy at the Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26 for her narration on the Nashville Public Television (NPT) documentary, No Going Back: Women and the War, part of the station’s “Tennessee Civil War 150” series.  Joining Carpenter in winning statuettes were the program’s co-producers and writers, Greta Requierme and Ed Jones, and executive producer and NPT president and CEO Beth Curley.

No Going Back: Women and the War, which premiered on NPT in February 2012, explores how the lives of women, and their roles in society, changed during and after the Civil War. The episode was the third in the series, which also included its predecessors Secession and Music of the Civil War, and subsequent documentaries, Crisis of Faith, also a regional Emmy winner, and Shiloh: The Devil’s Own Day. The series coincides with the Sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War. Its next installment, Looking Over Jordan, premieres on February 28, 2013. For more information, please visit

“We knew Mary Chapin was a terrific storyteller from her songwriting, but we were blown away with the warmth of her delivery and the compassion, and sincerity she was able to convey,” said Requierme. “She delivered with upmost respect the story of these Civil War-era women who faced the hardships of daily life during wartime on their own, and forged a new way of life for all women as a result.”

Five-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Country Music Association (CMA) Female Vocalist Of The Year, Carpenter’s Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums have yielded a bounty of self-penned hits including “Never Had it So Good,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “Down at the Twist and Shout,” “I Feel Lucky,” “I Take My Chances,” “Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “Tender When I Want to Be.” Her songs have also been recorded by such diverse artists as Joan Baez, Wynonna, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black, Cyndi Lauper, Dianne Reeves, Betty Buckley, Tony Rice and Trisha Yearwood. Her latest record, Ashes and Roses, came out in 2012. For more information, please visit

Tennessee Civil War 150,” a joint production between NPT and The Renaissance Center, is made possible in part by The Tennessee National Heritage Area, the Tennessee Dept. of Education and the Tennessee Sesquicentennial Commission.

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