Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Carrie McDowell

Carrie McDowell (born on May 11, 1963 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a female pop\dance singer from the mid 80's.

In the early 70's, Carrie was a child singing sensation, gaining attention at Bill Riley's "Talent Sprouts" contest when she was 8 years old. On October 11, 1974, she appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and appeared with the late George Burns on the show.

Carrie recorded a version of the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," sang on Jerry Lewis' MDA Telethon & opened a show with Danny Thomas in Reno, Nevada. She even performed with Liberace at the Hilton International Hotel in Las Vegas for three weeks.

Carrie's singing career took a break when her mother brought her back to Iowa to attend school. When Carrie was 18 years old, she left for New York, then Los Angeles and signed a record deal with Berry Gordy's record label, Motown Records.

In 1987, Carrie released her self-titled debut album. It's unknown how or if the album ever charted.
Her one and only single, "Uh Uh, No No Casual Sex" was moderately successful, peaking at #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #65 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
After her one and only album, Carrie left Motown Records and married guitarist Michael Hodge in 1989. In 1991, the couple settled in Nashville, Tennessee and they have a son named Gabriel.

Together, Carrie and Michael are Christian country\gospel musicians, performing under the name "Two Hearts." In 2002, they performed in Kenya and South Korea & released two albums "Give 'em the World" & "Stand Your Ground."
Carrie and Michael also released a Christmas album called, "The Heart of Christmas." Carrie released a solo album called "Never Forget." She returned to her hometown of Des Moines for club dates and to perform on the Variety Club Telethon, making 25 appearances with the charity. In 2004, she was inducted into the Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.

These days, Carrie is working on a new cd and an autobiography.

To see the music video for "Uh, Uh, No No Casual Sex," go to:

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