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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:
Frances Heuer - Grandmother
Mike Penner - Ex-significant Other
Vernon Heuer - Grandfather
Grace Frances Penner - Daughter
Josh Malter - Half Brother
Larry Rolens - Ex-husband
Gretchen Wilson Awards:
2004 Grammy: Best Female Country Vocal Performance - Winner
2007 CMT Music Awards: Female Video of the Year - Nominee
2006 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
2005 CMT Music Awards: Video of the Year - Nominee
2005 CMT Music Awards: Female Video of the Year - Winner
2005 CMT Music Awards: Breakthrough Video of the Year - Winner
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