|Genres:||Country & Bluegrass|
|Tags:||country female vocalists modern country gretchen wilson|
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26 June 1973, Pocahontas, Illinois USA. Wilsons poverty-stricken upbringing in rural Illinois bears similarities to the backgrounds of fellow country singers Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. The daughter of a single teenage mother, Wilson was working in a local bar alongside her mother by the age of 14. It was here she first took to the stage, singing along to karaoke CDs for tips. She graduated to a covers band before taking her destiny in her own hands and decamping to Nashville in the mid-90s. Like many hopefuls arriving in country musics city of dreams Wilson was soon working in a bar in order to pay the rent, and before long had a daughter of her own to look after. She was talent spotted by John Rich (of Big And Rich), singing with the house band in the bar where she worked. Rich in turn introduced Wilson to a group of Nashville-based songwriters called the MuzikMafia. The experience of working with a group of like-minded artists helped her...