What Ever Happened To Paulette Carlson?
Paulette Carlson was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota and rose to fame in the 1980′s as the founder and lead vocalist for the country band Highway 101. With them, she charted four number 1 hit singles, seven top 10 hits, a gold album and two back-to-back wins for Vocal Group of the Year from both the ACM and the CMA Awards in 1988 and 1989.
Carlson began professionally singing in the dance bars in Fargo, ND and in the Minneapolis, MN area and built a large local following before heading to Nashville in 1978. Soon after arriving in Nashville she was signed as a staff songwriter for the Oak Ridge Boys’.
She founded Highway 101 in 1986. After recording ‘The Bed You Made For Me’ Warner Brothers gave Carlson the option of dropping the band and going forward with the first album as a solo artist. She remained loyal to her band mates and decided to keep Highway 101 together.
Paulette would eventually leave the band and launch a solo career. She signed with Capitol Nashville in 1991.
With her daughter Cali being born , Paulette chose to tour only briefly.
In 2004, when her brother Gary, a Vietnam Vet, was in the hospital, Paulette was inspired to write a song called ‘Thank You Vets’. She toured after recording an album dedicated to our Vietnam Vets, doing mostly benefits for our Military Veterans.
Paulette still continues to perform, write and produce music.