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Second Cup Café: An Ascending Starr

Most recording artists let sales figures dictate what's included in their greatest hits albums.

But not country singer Garrison Starr. This Nashville-based singer/songwriter (www.garrisonstarr) asked her fans to weigh in.

"My fans have been asking me about releasing a greatest hits album for a while now," she said. "So I went onto my MySpace.com page and told the fans to submit their top 10 favorite songs. We went through everyone's lists and took the most popular songs, and we went into the studio and recorded them live and released that as a greatest hits album."

Starr began her career in Memphis, then decided to decamp for Los Angeles in the mid-'90s. She signed with Geffen Records and released 1997's "Eighteen Over Me," which featured the single, "Superhero."

She spent a total of seven years in L.A. — "I needed to spread my wings a bit," she says. But after a falling-out with the label, which had been absorbed into Interscope records, she dropped out of the music world for a while.

Eventually Starr began to record again and found her way to Nashville, where she lives now.

Once her summer tour ends, Starr plans to create an album of new music that she hopes to release later this year. "I'm hoping to just work on my music and put some more stuff together," she said.

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