The rise to stardom came quickly for Gretchen Wilson after the release of her debut album Here for the Party in 2004. It was her life leading up to her album that tested Wilson early and often. Now the award winning country artist performs around the country singing hit songs like "Redneck Woman" to all her diehard fans. Act fast before all the Gretchen Wilson tickets sell out!
Gretchen Wilson was born on June 26, 1973, and grew up in Pocahontas, Illinois. Her mother, who was only 16 at the time she had Gretchen, raised her alone as her father left at a very young age. Singing was important throughout her childhood and early adulthood, as she sang in bar bands around her home. In 1996, she moved to Nashville in an attempt to make a career out of singing. For the seven years following her move, Gretchen Wilson tended at a local bar while still pursuing a music career. Finally John Rich, of the duo Big & Rich, spotted her performing at a local club. It was soon after that she joined the singing and songwriting group, MusikMafia, who performed weekly at a Nashville bar. It wasn't long before she had a recording contract with Epic Records, where she recorded her debut album Here for the Party (2004).
Here for the Party was an extreme success for Wilson, climbing to the #1 spot on the Billboard US Country chart and #2 on US 200 chart. It has sold over 5 million copies to date, going five times platinum. The debut single from the album was "Redneck Woman," which landed Gretchen Wilson her first Grammy Award for Best Country Female Vocal Performance in 2005. She has since signed a new recording contract with Capitol Records and has released two albums under that label. All Jacked Up (2005) and One of the Boys (2007) both reached #1 on the US Country chart, with All Jacked Up reaching the #1 position on the US 200 chart.