Lee Ann Womack Biography

19 August 1966, Jacksonville, Texas, USA. A contemporary country artist fired by traditional songwriting virtues, Lee Ann Womack earned widespread praise in the late 90s for her fidelity to country music of a bygone era. Her material’s resemblance to early works by Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton was remarked upon by many, and acknowledged in print by the artist herself. Her interest in music came from a disc jockey father, who would regularly take his daughter to bookings After graduation she attended college in Levelland, Texas, one of the first schools to offer degrees in country and bluegrass music. She joined the college band, Country Caravan, and travelled alongside the group until she undertook a music business course at Belmont University in Nashville. She subsequently became an intern at MCA Records’ A&R department, eventually joining Tree Publishing after a showcase in 1995. There she co-wrote material for Ed Hill, Bill Anderson and Sam Hogin. A year later she signed to Decca Records as a solo artist. Her 1997 debut album was produced by Mark Wright (with whom she had co-written at Tree Publishing) and resulted in two nominations at that year’s CMA Awards. It was followed by another Wright-supervised collection, Some Things I Know, which many judged to be the superior work. Womack contributed two songs herself in collaboration with ex-husband Jason Sellers (‘If You’re Ever Down In Dallas’) and Billy Lawson and Dale Dodson (‘The Man Who Made My Mama Cry’). It was promoted via shows through October and November before the birth of Womack’s second child in January 1999. In 2000 Womack won a CMA award for the massive hit ‘I Hope You Dance’, the title track of her excellent album of the same name. In 2001, a dreadful remix complete with a club beat was released in an attempt to cross her over into the pop/dance arena. The artist wisely disowned it. In keeping with a number of new country stars, Womack veered into the world of AOR with 2002’s Something Worth Leaving Behind. The same year she released the bland Christmas offering The Season For Romance.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.