Juice Newton is an American country-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. Newton has received five Grammy Award nominations in the Pop and Country Best Female Vocalist categories, as well as an ACM Award for Top New Female Artist and two Billboard Female Album Artist of the Year awards. She has several Gold and Platinum records to her credit, including Juice, Quiet Lies and her first Greatest Hits album. During the 1980s, Newton charted 14 Top-10 hits across the Billboard Country, AC, and Hot 100 charts, with many of the recordings achieving crossover success and six of the songs hitting the #1 position.
In 1981, Newton's third solo album, simply titled Juice, was released and included "Angel of the Morning", "Queen of Hearts" and "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)", which earned Newton the first of several #1 Country singles. A fourth single, "Ride 'Em Cowboy," was lifted from Juice in 1984 to support Newton's first Greatest Hits album and reached the Top 40 of the Country chart. Juice sold more than a million copies in the United States and went Triple-Platinum in Canada.
In 1982, Newton received two Grammy nominations for Best Female Vocalist: one for "Angel of the Morning" in the Pop category, and another for "Queen of Hearts" in Country.
In the spring of 1982 Newton released her fourth solo album, Quiet Lies, which sold 900,000 copies in the United States and went platinum in Canada. From Quiet Lies came the Top 10 Pop and Adult Contemporary hit "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me". "Break It to Me Gently" was the second single and hit #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, #2 on the Billboard Country chart, and #11 on the Hot 100. The recording, a contemporary remake of a Brenda Lee hit from the '60s, won Newton her first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, beating out contemporaries Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris and Sylvia. The album's third and final single, "Heart of the Night," reached #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1983 and climbed to #25 on the Hot 100. The album also garnered Newton an award from Australia as the "Top International Country Artist" for the continent.
In 1983, her Dirty Looks album was released and featured a moderate-sized hit with "Tell Her No"and the title track, a rock-edged number that charted low in the Hot 100. The single "Stranger at My Door" had a brief run on the country charts. The album was a moderate success, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States and going Gold in Canada.
Her 1984 album "Can't Wait All Night" continued with a rock-oriented sound. The launch single "A Little Love" and the title trackbecame Newton's final charting pop singles to date. "A Little Love" became Newton's seventh and final Top-10 hit on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, reaching the #7 spot.
In 1985, Newton's waning popularity was revitalized with the release of the Old Flame album, which reached #12 on the Billboard chart and featured six Top-10 country hits, including the #1s "You Make Me Want to Make You Mine", "Hurt," and "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)". The "Old Flame" album produced hit singles for more than sixteen months, with the final release being "What Can I Do with My Heart", which reached the Top 10 in early 1987.
She returned to the Top 10 in 1988 with "Tell Me True" from her 1987 album Emotion. The album's lead single, the progressive-country tune "First Time Caller," stalled at #24. Her final album of the decade, Ain't Gonna Cry, released in 1989, was not promoted by the label and did not chart.
Newton took a hiatus from recording albums and toured sporadically until the returning to the music scene in late 1990s when she released the albums "The Trouble with Angels" and "American Girl". In 1998, Newton released "The Trouble with Angels," a collection of seven re-recorded hits and three new songs, including the single "When I Get Over You." The 1998 effort was quickly followed by American Girl in 1999, which was Newton's first album of all-new material since 1989 and featured the single "They Never Made It to Memphis."
Every Road Leads Back to You was released in 2002 with an accompanying DVD. And American Girl Vol. II, which was originally sold exclusively at cdbaby.com and at Newton's live shows, was released in 2003 and reissued in 2006 and again in 2011.
In November 2007, Newton released The Gift of Christmas, her first Christmas album. The 12-song album includes a new version of Newton's "Christmas Needs Love to Be Christmas" and the classic "Mary's Boy Child," as well as a special Christmas version of "For Believers".
In October 2010, Juice Newton's "Duets: Friends & Memories" CD was released and the adult contemporary album contains duets performed with Willie Nelson, Melissa Manchester, Frankie Valli and others. Juice Newton: The Ultimate Hits Collection was released, in 2011, which includes Newton's own version of the Carpenters' 1978 hit "Sweet Sweet Smile."