A once-promising country singer who notched an impressive debut, Mindy McCready was only 21 when 1996's Ten Thousand Angels became a double platinum smash, launching her No 1 hit "Guys Do It All the T...
Fort Meyers, Florida, USA
|CMT Presents: The Kings Covers||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||n/a||19967|
|Long Live The King: Country Salutes Elvis||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||n/a||19967|
|Summer Splash at Walt Disney World||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|20/20||2013 1976 - 2013||Actor||Interviewee||20137|
|Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew||2012 2006 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Tammy Wynette Remembered||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||n/a||19987|
|Weddings of a Lifetime||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||n/a||19987|
|Country Honors "The Prince of Egypt"||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||n/a||19987|
|TNN Music City News Country Awards||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||n/a||19967|
|The 24th Annual American Music Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||Presenter||19967|
|TNN Music City News Country Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||n/a||19967|
|The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Actor||n/a||19967|
|The 31st Annual Country Music Association Awards||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||Presenter||19977|
|Long Live The King: Country Salutes Elvis||1996 1995 - 1996||Song Performer||n/a||1|
|Weddings of a Lifetime||1998 1997 - 1998||Song Performer||n/a||1|
|Summer Splash at Walt Disney World||1997 1996 - 1997||Song Performer||("The Other Side of This Kiss")||1|
|TNN Music City News Country Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Song Performer||n/a||1|
|TNN Music City News Country Awards||1997 1996 - 1997||Song Performer||n/a||1|
|The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards||1996 1995 - 1996||Song Performer||n/a||1|
|Began singing in church at age three|
|Appeared on VH1 reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew"|
|Second album If I Don't Stay the Night went gold|
|Returned to music with fifth album I'm Still Here|
|Released self-titled album under Capitol|
|Moved to Nashville, TN|
|Released double-platinum selling debut Ten Thousand Angels|
|Dropped by label BNA Records after disappointing sales of I'm Not So Tough; signed with Capitol|
Born Nov. 30, 1975 in Fort Myers, FL, Melinda Gayle McCready grew up singing. So determined was she to make it as a country singer that she obtained her GED and moved to Nashville as a teenager, landing a record contract at 18. Powered by McCready's all-American blonde beauty, appealing voice and spunky persona, her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels became a surprise double-platinum smash, hitting No. 5 on the country charts and launching the No. 1 hit, "Guys Do It All the Time." The set spawned two additional Top Ten hits with the title track and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" as well as the top twenty hit "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now." Earmarked as a rising star, she earned nominations for Top New Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music Awards and Favorite New Artist - Country from the American Music Awards.
Her follow-up album, 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night showcased a more mature look and sound for McCready and received strong reviews from critics, but failed to build on her professional momentum. Although the album went gold, none of its singles - "What If I Do," "The Other Side of This Kiss" and "You'll Never Know" - went Top Ten. Unfortunately, her third album, 1999's I'm Not So Tough proved an even weaker performer, with the lead single "All I Want is Everything" failing to chart. Dropped by her label, the singer resurfaced on Capitol Nashville, but was dropped again when 2002's Mindy McCready bombed. Although she would release another album on an indie label, 2010's I'm Still Here, the album made even less of an impact, in great part due to McCready's tarnished image and tabloid notoriety.
Although she had begun her career with enormous promise and critical and commercial goodwill, McCready had difficulty sustaining her sweetheart-next-door image. After a broken engagement to actor Dean Cain and a relationship with former NHL star Drake Berehowsky, McCready found herself battling her personal demons increasingly in the public eye. In August 2004, she was arrested in Tennessee for buying OxyContin with a fake prescription, and the following May was arrested for driving under the influence and with a suspended license in Nashville. That same month, her ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight was arrested for attempted murder after beating and choking McCready. Two months later, she was charged in Arizona with a slew of crimes including identity theft and unlawful use of transportation, culminating in an arrest warrant being issued for McCready for leaving the state without the permission of her probation officer. After police found her unconscious in a Florida hotel lobby after attempting suicide, McCready was arrested and hospitalized before being extradited to Tennessee.
Tragically, her downward spiral only continued, completely blotting out her hard-earned success and destroying her career and musical legacy. In September 2005, McCready, who was pregnant by McKnight, attempted suicide a second time via an overdose. Thankfully, she survived and gave birth to son, Zander Ryan McCready on March 25, 2006, but her brushes with the law were by no means behind her. In July 2007, she was arrested in Florida after engaging in a physical fight with her mother over their ongoing custody issues over Zander. Subsequently, the singer was taken into custody when she returned to Nashville. In September of that year, she was sentenced to a year in jail plus two more years of probation, but was released in December.
The beleaguered singer faced another wave of bad press when the New York Daily News reported in April 2008 on a sexual relationship between McCready and baseball star Roger Clemens that had begun when she was a teenager. Although he claimed she was a family friend, McCready gave interviews where she revealed that the two had carried on a relationship for more than a decade that ended only when Clemens refused McCready's ultimatum to leave his wife for her. In June of 2008, McCready was once again arrested for violating her probation and returned to jail in September before being released early for good behavior. At the end of 2008, McCready was rushed to the hospital after another apparent suicide attempt, this time via injuries to her wrists. She attempted to regain control of her health, career and image by appearing on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" (VH1, 2008- ), where she faced her addictions and relationship issues. Trouble seemed impossible for her to avoid, however, and she became embroiled in yet another scandal when her "Rehab" roommate Kari Anne Peniche publicly accused McCready of stealing a computer hard drive that contained footage of a controversial video featuring Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart and Peniche.
The troubled singer denied the accusation, claiming that Peniche had stolen a hard drive from her. Her already tattered reputation took another massive hit when a leaked sex tape featuring McCready and an ex-boyfriend went on sale from Vivid Entertainment in April 2010. Although she gave several interviews post-"Rehab" describing her commitment to her recovery, in May 2010, McCready was hospitalized in Florida after a possible drug overdose. The following November, she made headlines once more when Florida authorities announced that a missing persons report had been filed after the singer had taken Zander from her mother, who had legal custody. Through her representative, McCready claimed that Zander was in danger of physical and emotional abuse at her mother's home, but police insisted that unless she returned him, the singer would face legal charges. As if McCready's life story had not taken enough twists already, while she was in hiding with her son, her representative broke the news to People magazine that McCready was also five months pregnant with twins.
Although the "twins" turned out to be a misunderstanding on McCready's part, since she was only pregnant with a second son, Zayne, who was born in April 2012, she never seemed able to regain her stability, although she frequently spoke of her desire to raise her children and get her life back on track. Her fragile state was rocked even further when her boyfriend David Wilson, the father of Zayne, died of a gunshot wound on Jan. 13, 2013 in an alleged suicide, prompting additional scrutiny from police and media outlets as to McCready's potential involvement in his demise, charges she passionately denied, calling Wilson her soulmate. Ordered to rehab as well as mental evaluations, McCready passed the requirements and began working towards completing her outpatient recovery program when the unthinkable occurred: on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, McCready apparently committed suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. With friends, family and fans reeling from the news, Mindy McCready's death marked a horrifically sad ending to the life of a gifted but troubled young woman, musician and mother.
By Jonathan Riggs
|Tim||Brother||Born in 1979|
|Josh||Brother||Born in 1981|
|Dean Cain||Companion||Met c. 1997; Engaged Sept. 18, 1997; Called off engagement August 1998|
|Roger Clemens||Companion||Reportedly involved in a long-term relationship that began when McCready was 15; She confirmed affair 2008|
|Zander McCready||Son||Born March 25, 2006; father, Billy McKnight|
|Billy McKnight||Companion||In May 2005, McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking McCready|
|David Wilson||Companion||Died of self-inflicted gunshot wound Jan. 13, 2013|
|Zayne Wilson||Son||Born March 9, 2012; father, David Wilson|
|The singer was convicted in 2004 for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers. In 2005, while on probation for that offense, McCready was charged with driving under the influence. She was found not guilty of the DUI charge, but guilty of driving on a suspended license.|
|In May 2005, McCready's ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her. That September, while pregnant with McKnight's child, she attempted suicide by overdosing on antidepressants.|
|McCready was arrested on July 21, 2007 in Florida, and charged with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother. She was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. The following year, McCready was again arrested for violating probation. She was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but released after a month for good behavior.|
|A few months after McCready gave birth to her second son Zayne, the child's father David Wilson was found dead in his home on Jan. 13, 2013 of an apparent suicide.|
|On Feb. 6, 2013, a judge ordered McCready to be committed to a treatment facility to cope with her mental health and alcohol issues.|
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