superstar Gretchen Wilson
came from humble beginnings -- specifically, a tiny trailer park in Pocahontas, Illinois. Raised by a single mother who was 16 when she had Gretchen, Wilson dropped out of school before completing the ninth grade to work as a bartender.
Wilson made her way to Nashville in 1996 at the age of 23. Like so many others, she found success in the music business hard to come by. A fateful meeting with John Rich in 2000 would eventually be the catalyst to Wilson's stardom. As part of the Muzik Mafia, Wilson honed her songwriting and singing skills.
Wilson's debut single "Redneck Woman" spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Country charts and won her a Grammy Award for Best Country Female Vocal Performance. The success of the single lit the fuse for a record-setting album debut, Here For the Party, which debuted at No. 1 on the Country charts and went quadruple platinum.
Her second album, All Jacked Up, was released on September 27, 2005 and also shot to the top of the Country charts in its first week. To meet the rest of the Muzik Mafia, visit www.muzikmafia.com.