Matraca Berg At Grand Ole Opry
Matraca Berg is a country singer/songwriter well-known for penning the Country Music Association Award's 1997 Song of the Year, “Strawberry Wine.”
Berg was born shortly after her mother moved to Nashville to seek country success. Berg's aunts and uncles had landed gigs as backup singers and backup musicians but, after limited success, her mother decided to become a nurse and, instead, immerse her daughter in music. Matraca quickly became a songwriting success for several country artists including Randy Travis, Marie Osmond, and Deana Carter. In 1987, her song “The Last One to Know,” recorded by Reba McEntire, rocketed to No.1. In 1990, she signed her own recording contract and released her debut album Lying to the Moon later that year.
In 1997, she and Gary Harrison co-wrote Strawberry Wine, which Deana Carter released as a single. In 2008 she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
Her songwriting credits list includes “Wild Angels” performed by Martina McBride, “Treasures” performed by Dolly Parton, “XXX's & OOO's” performed by Trisha Yearwood, and “Days Go By” performed by Keith Urban. She co-wrote every song on her latest album The Dreaming Fields which was released in 2011.