The Washington Times has tapped five-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter to write a regular column for the Show section of the paper. Her first column appeared on November 21, and she will appear every other week.

Carpenter follows right behind U2 frontman Bono, who recently signed with The New York Times to pen six to 10 opinion pieces during 2009.

“Even though I no longer make my home in the District, I still consider myself a Washingtonian,” said Carpenter in a statement. “It will feel good to be back, in words and ink, at The Washington Times.”

“Mary Chapin Carpenter is a creatively evolving, mold-breaking national artist and beloved regional icon,” added Daniel Wattenberg, The Washington Times assistant managing editor for Arts and Features. “We couldn’t be happier to have her contributing to the national and local multimedia platforms of The Washington Times. A column may be a new medium for Mary Chapin, but her voice — intimate, reflective and companionable — will be comfortingly familiar. Our readers are in for a treat.”

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Carpenters’ latest CD “The Calling” was released in 2007 on Zoe Records and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. She just released her first holiday recording, “Come Darkness, Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas.”

The singer-songwriter has sold more than 13 million records in nearly 20 years with Columbia Records and is the only artist to have won four consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Carpenter is currently off the road.

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