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Gretchen Frances Wilson (born June 26, 1973 in Pocahontas, Illinois) is a Grammy award-winning American country music singer-songwriter.

Gretchen was born in Pocahontas, Illinois to a 16-year-old mother. Her father left before she was two years old, and she and her mother lived in trailer parks and relative poverty. Gretchen’s mother worked as a waitress, and Gretchen herself dropped out of the 8th grade at age 15 to work as a cook and bartender in rural Illinois.

After a failed marriage to former Baywolfe bandmate Larry Rolens, Gretchen moved to Nashville and began dating Mike Penner. They have a daughter, Grace Frances Penner, who was born November 9, 2000.

Gretchen, who had sung for Kmart as a child, sang in two bar bands by the age of 20. In 1996 she moved to Nashville to sing back-up and record sample songs. In 2000, she met John Rich, a former member of Lonestar, who invited her to become his song-writing partner. Wilson signed with Epic Records in 2003 and recorded Here for the Party within the year.

Her first single, “Redneck Woman”, was released in early 2004 and reached the top of the Hot Country Songs charts and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of “Redneck Woman” prompted an earlier-than-planned release for Here for the Party — May 11, 2004 — and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It also reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Internet album sales charts. She performed as a support artist for Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry.


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  • lovehonkytonk

    What a woman !!!!!!!! Love her in more ways than I can imagine, & I can imagine a lot..!!

    14 Jun 11:43am Reply
  • smurfay

    Rising Star Brooklyn Roebuck has just released her very first EP TODAY and it is SENSATIONAL!!! Country music at it's absolute finest!!! It's hard to believe she only just turned 16 years old and can sing as well or even better than many of the big name singers out there. To top that off, she even wrote these songs herself is all that much more impressive!!! Please check out Brooklyn Roebuck's official fan group today and find out all about her music and links to all the good stuff you could want that has to do with everything Brooklyn!!! PS~ Brooklyn is a big fan of Gretchen Wilson and has even performed some of her cover songs at her live performances!!! Please come support this amazing singer and performer by joining her official fan group here on today!!! :-)

    4 Oct 2013 Reply
  • JordanPink

    I wish she'd come to the UK!!!

    14 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Gothlina

    Wow she went through so much God bless her she deserved the fame.

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • gkhnakmanlar check out friends.we like country:)

    2 Mar 2011 Reply
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    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • travelin_man

    trucker man!

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MohammadReza20

    I can't stop listening to the new album "I Got Your Country Right Here".Good job Gretchen.<3

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MohammadReza20

    Oh my god.New album is perfect.

    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • gsm007g

    When she sang New Big Fan.

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • misterpowerwash

    what do you know ???? i think shes sexy as hell

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Ty-Po

    Y'all need to get a new pic uploaded stat. I know Gretchen ain't never been a looker, but I'm sure she has better than this Neanderthal shit you got her rocking currently. Thanks,

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • KenneyJak

    Gretchen looks like she'd kick the shit out of you in a hot second.

    11 May 2010 Reply
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    2 May 2010 Reply
  • countryst

    check out our review of gretchen's latest "I Got Your Country Right Here" over at hope to see you all there!

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • wingkon

    One of the first country singers I've ever listened to

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Love the Earrings song off the new album.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • induldgecountry

    Her new album is good =) Haven't bought it yet, but I'm pretty sure I will soon

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Xucatlan

    Redneck Woman <3

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Prelims

    If you're a fan of Gretchen then check out Miranda Lambert! She's pretty awesome and her new single "White Liar" is pretty good.

    7 Feb 2010 Reply
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