Janie Fricke At Grand Ole Opry
From Indiana farm girl to country recording artist, Janie Fricke has been connected to music her whole life. When she was little, her father taught her how to play guitar but she began her singing career with her mother who played piano at a local church. Although her family respected her love of music at a young age, they encouraged her to continue a formal education. So she sang her way through Indiana University and still decided to pursue music after graduation. She moved to Nashville, signed a contract with the Lea Jane Singers, and the rest is history.
During her early years in Nashville, she became an in-demand background vocalist. She sang with Ronnie Milsap, Conway Twitty, and Eddie Rabbitt to name a few. It was her work as a background vocalist for Johnny Duncan's No. 1 hit “Stranger” that brought her to fame. In that song, she had a solo line which quickly had people speculating who the magnificent person behind the voice was. Because of this song, Fricke gained her own recording contract with Columbia Records in 1977.
Fricke's breakout success came in 1981 when she started focusing on ballads. She had two Top 5 hits, “Down to My Last Broken Heart” and “I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (When I Cry).” Her 1982 album, It Ain't Easy, charted six No. 1 hits including her most recognized “Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby,” “He's a Heartache,” and “Your Heart's Not In It.”
Over the years she has won several awards including the Country Music Assoication's “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Billboard's Top Country Female Vocalist, and the Academy of Country Music “Female Vocalist of the Year” to name a few. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's Walkway of Stars. She has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles.