The country music world reeled in shock over the weekend when long-troubled singer Mindy McCready apparently committed suicide on Sunday, one month after her boyfriend David Wilson allegedly did the same. However, those who have been following the country star's tumultuous history over the years know that she has weathered a string of seemingly never-ending personal issues since emerging on the music scene in the mid-'90s. Here's a look at the tragic path to the 37-year-old's final days.
November 30, 1975— Malinda Gayle McCready is born in Fort Naples, Florida. Raised in the southern Florida area, she hones a love of performing while singing in church. When she was 9 years old, her parents split up, causing McCready to develop a sense of independence at an early age.
1994—McCready, 18, informs her mother she is moving to Nashville to pursue a music career. She promises her mom that if she doesn’t get a record contract within one year, she’ll drop her dreams of stardom and attend college. Eleven months after arriving in Music City, she inks a label deal with BNA Records.
1996—McCready’s debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, is released. The set goes double platinum and spawns her first and only No. 1 hit, the cheeky “Guys Do It All The Time,” as well as three other charting singles. She’s nominated for Top New Female Artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards, but loses to 14-year-old phenomenon LeAnn Rimes.
1997—The singer releases her sophomore album, If I Don’t Stay The Night, which performs satisfactorily but fails to replicate the success of her first record. In September, she announces she is engaged to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star Dean Cain, whom she met earlier in the year at a concert. The whirlwind romance doesn’t last, and the couple break it off in 1998.
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