Carson Chamberlain, a native of Berea, Kentucky, started professionally in the music business as a musician and bandleader for Keith Whitley. After Keith’s untimely death in 1989, he became tour manager for Clint Black, and more recently he held the position of tour manager for Alan Jackson. In April of 1994, Carson took the position as Director of A&R for Mercury Nashville and was promoted to VP of A&R until his departure. Now Chamberlain is focusing all of his energy on writing and producing.
As a BMI songwriter, Chamberlain has penned several number one singles for Alan Jackson such as “Love’s Got A Hold On You,” Everything I Love,” and “Between The Devil And Me.” His penned song, “The Best Day,” the first single release from George Strait’s Greatest Hits LP, quickly moved up the charts and stayed at #1 for three weeks. “The Best Day” is now part of George Strait’s multi-platinum hits package entitled 50 Number Ones.
As a record producer, he has had other #1 success with the Mark Wills’ singles “I Do (Cherish You),” “Don’t Laugh At Me,” and “Wish You Were Here,” all #1 songs from his platinum-selling LP entitled “Wish You Were Here.” Mark’s first single “Back At One” from the last Chamberlain-produced LP entitled Permanently, quickly went to #1 on the charts.
In 2002, Chamberlain produced the Billy Currington’s debut album for Mercury Records. Chamberlain also co-wrote the hit singles “Walk A Little Straighter” and “I Got a Feelin’” with Currington. Both songs were Top 10 successes for Currington. More recently Chaimberlain produced Easton Corbin’s self-titled debut album.
Other artists who have covered Carson’s songs include Travis Tritt, John Michael Montgomery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Stegall, Don Williams, Gary Allan, Chad Brock and The Lynns.