Gretchen Wilson's big, rowdy songs about country life took country radio by storm in 2003, and she hasn't slowed down since. After years of singing in bars waiting to be discovered, Wilson's hit single “Redneck Woman” made her a star. Her first album, Here for the Party, debuted at No.1 and went multi-platinum.
Gretchen Wilson grew up in rural Pocahontas, Illinois. Born to a single, teenage mother, Gretchen and her mom and siblings struggled to get by. Wilson dropped out of 9th grade to be a cook and bartender alongside her mom. She began singing in local bars as well. When she was 18 and performing in the St. Louis area, Wilson and her band were hired as the house musicians for a bar in Springfield, Missouri. A few years later, Wilson made the move to Nashville, where John Rich and Big Kenny heard her singing in a bar. Rich helped Wilson write “Redneck Woman,” and the rest is country music history.
Wilson followed Here for the Party with three more albums and has 5 Top Ten hits to her name: “Redneck Woman,” “Here for the Party,” “When I Think About Cheatin,” “Homewrecker,” and “All Jacked Up.” Wilson's tough, hard working, hard partying persona and rollicking, Southern rock-inspired anthems resonate strongly with country fans. Wilson has performed as a backing artist for Brooks and Dunn and Montgomery Gentry. She won a Grammy for Best Country Femal Vocal Performer.
Wilson is involved with children's charities, participating in fundraising for St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Make a Wish Foundation. Wilson earned her GED at age 34 and has become an advocate for adult education and literacy programs.
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