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    Gretchen Wilson

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1I've Been In Love lyrics
    Grandma lyrics
    3Love On The Line lyrics
    4I'd Love To Be Your Last lyrics
    5Funk #49 lyrics
    6Right On Time lyrics
    7Come To Bed lyrics
    Gretchen Wilson in duet with John Rich
    8Blue Collar Done Turn Red lyrics
    The Bed lyrics
    Gretchen Wilson feat. Big & Rich
    10The Gypsy In Me lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    All Jacked Up [2005]
    Playlist - The Very Best Of [2012]
    3Here For The Party [2004]
    4I Got Your Country Right Here [2010]
    5Right On Time [2010]
    6Under The Covers [2013]
    7Greatest Hits [2010]
    9Country: Gretchen Wilson [2010]
    10One Of The Boys [2007]


    In late May 2004, Gretchen Wilson's debut single "Redneck Woman" became the first by a solo female singer to top the Billboard country singles chart in over two years; it also reached number one faster than any single in the previous decade. At the same time, her debut album, Here for the Party, entered the country album chart at number one and the pop album chart at number two with sales of 227,000 copies, the biggest opening week for a new country artist on record. Given the overtly country style of her music at a time when much country had been leaning toward pop, Wilson was immediately hailed as the latest in a long line of country artists leading the music back to its roots.

    Her own roots went back to the tiny town of Pocahontas, IL (36 miles east of St. Louis, MO), where she began singing as a child. Her mother was 16 when she was born on June 26, 1973; her father left when she was two. She grew up poor, living in a succession of trailer parks. She went to school only through the eighth grade, and at 14 was working as a cook and bartender in the same club where her mother worked. By the age of 20, she was singing in two different bands in the area. She moved to Nashville in 1996 and tended bar while singing on demos and in clubs for the next seven years. During this period, she became part of an informal group of singers and songwriters known as the Muzik Mafia that met once a week to try out new material. She and John Rich, another member of the group (and a former member of Lonestar), wrote "Redneck Woman," an autobiographical song in which she unabashedly celebrated her redneck, white-trash background.

    In 2003, she auditioned for and was signed by Epic Records. "Redneck Woman" was released in the late winter of 2004 and immediately began its march up the charts. Here for the Party, originally scheduled for release in July, was moved up to May 11 because of the quick success of the single. As it, too, became a hit, Wilson agreed to opening spots on tours with Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry in the summer of 2004.

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