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Gretchen Wilson Biography

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Gretchen Wilson

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Gretchen Wilson Basic Facts:

Name: Gretchen Wilson
Birthday: June 26, 1973
Hometown: Granite City, Illinois

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Gretchen Wilson Songwriting:

Gretchen Wilson is responsible for nearly all the songs she's had as singles, including her smash hits "Redneck Woman," "All Jacked Up" and "Here for the Party."

Musical Influences:

Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and rocker Ann Wilson of Heart.

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Gretchen Wilson Biography:

Gretchen Wilson was born on June 26, 1973, and raised in Pocahontas, Illinois. Her mother was only 16 when she had Gretchen, and her father left when Gretchen was only 2-years-old. She and her mother lived in a series of trailer parks, where they would move each time they couldn't make the rent.


Gretchen left school after eighth grade, and took a job cooking and tending bar at Big O's, alongside her mother when she was 14. A year afterwards, she was living on her own, and managing the bar with a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun behind the bar for protection.

Gretchen got her musical talent from her father, and she would perform at Big O's for tips. She joined a cover band, and started to think there may be hope for her outside of her hometown. It was in 1996 that Gretchen moved to Nashville.

It was Gretchen's meeting with John Rich of Big & Rich that would get her started. He saw her singing at a bar and approached her, asking why she didn't have a record deal. She tossed him her business card and a homemade demo and told him she was busy working.

John tried getting in touch with her, but she avoided his calls. Eventually, she gave in, and he introduced her to a group of singers and songwriters that got together to jam every Tuesday night. The group was called the MusikMafia. It was here, in front of her peers that Wilson honed her songwriting, and she later signed with Sony Music Nashville.

Redneck Woman

Gretchen's first single from her debut album was "Redneck Woman," and it really took off, hitting the top of the charts for five weeks. This caused her record label to move up the release date of Here for the Party from July to May 11, 2004. The album also produced three other hit singles -- "Here for the Party," "When I Think About Cheatin'" and "Homewrecker." All three songs were Top 5 hits for Wilson. The album was a huge success, selling over 5 million copies.

In 2005, Gretchen released her sophomore album, All Jacked Up. The first single was the title track, which debuted at No. 21, breaking a record for the highest debut by a country female. The song rose on the charts, but peaked at No. 8. Three additional singles were released from All Jacked Up, however none of them even cracked the Top 20.

One of the Boys was released in 2007. The lead single, a duet with John Rich, "Come to Bed" stalled at No. 32. Two other singles "One for the Boys" and "You Don't Have to Go Home" were released, but neither did as well as "Come to Bed."

Gretchen released "Don't Do Me No Good" in 2008, but that song also failed to make the Top 40.

In 2009, Gretchen will release her fourth album, I Got Your Country Right Here, tentatively on August 18, 2009.

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