Carnival Music Adds Marla Cannon-Goodman To Roster

Marla Cannon-Goodman

Marla Cannon-Goodman

Carnival Music has signed Marla Cannon-Goodman to its roster of talented songwriters.

While still working as a nurse in the 1990s, she penned “The Fool,” which Lee Ann Womack recorded in 1997. The song topped the country charts, becoming the first No. 1 single for both writer and performer. Cannon-Goodman followed the hit with additional chart-toppers including “Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” (Tracy Byrd), and “Cleaning This Gun” (Rodney Atkins), as well as songs that have been recorded by Eddy Arnold, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Sammy Kershaw, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and more.

She recently penned several songs with newcomer Tucker Beathard, including his current single “Rock On,” while Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson recorded the Cannon-Goodman composition “Unfair Weather Friend” for their acclaimed Django and Jimmie duets album.

“‘The Fool’ was the first Marla song I heard,” Carnival Music’s Frank Liddell said. “It helped her launch her career, and it helped me land a wife. I went from the fool to the hero. I’ve admired Marla’s songwriting from across town for quite some time. It’s only natural that she’s now part of our family. She’s getting ready for a great run.”

“Signing a deal with Carnival has been a long time coming for me,” Cannon-Goodman said. “I love those guys. I’m looking forward to the ride.”



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