Gretchen Wilson

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  • Birth Name: Gretchen Wilson
  • Birth Place: Granite City, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 06/26/1973, Cancer
  • Profession: Singer; songwriter
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Gretchen Wilson Fast Facts:
  • Raised by her mom (her dad left when she was 2) in various trailer parks in and around Pocahontas, IL.
  • Dropped out of school at age 14 and worked at Big O's, a roadside bar where her mother also worked.
  • Moved to Nashville in 1996 to pursue a music career and was eventually spotted performing at a bar by Big Kenny and John Rich, aka Big and Rich, who hired her to sing on their demos.
  • Published a memoir in 2006 titled Redneck Woman: Stories From My Life.
  • Earned her G.E.D. at age 34 alongside her 21-year-old cousin. The experience prompted her to become an advocate for adult-education funding, and she received a National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award in 2009.
  • Parted ways with Sony Music in 2009 and started her own record label, Redneck Records, with its first release her 2010 album I Got Your Country Right Here.
  • Supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Children's Miracle Network.
  • Gretchen Wilson Relationships:
  • Josh Malter - Half Brother
  • Vernon Heuer - Grandfather
  • Mike Penner - Ex-significant Other
  • Grace Frances Penner - Daughter
  • Frances Heuer - Grandmother
  • Larry Rolens - Ex-husband
  • Gretchen Wilson Awards:
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Female Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Breakthrough Video of the Year - Winner
  • 2006 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2005 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
  • 2004 Grammy: Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Winner
  • 2007 CMT Music Awards: Female Video of the Year - Nominee

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