Born Malinda Gayle McCready on November 30, 1975, Fort Myers, FL; daughter of Tim and Gayle McCready. Addresses: Record Company--RCA Records/Nashville, One Music Circle North, Nashville, TN 37203-4310. Fan Club--Mindy McCready Fan Club, P.O. Box 23411, Nashville, TN 37202; email McCready at firstname.lastname@example.org. Management--Moress Nanas Entertainment, 1209 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212. Websites--Official McCready web site: www.twangthis.com.
Mindy McCready's striking appearance and musical delivery caught the attention of many young country music fans, particularly young women who saw her as someone to emulate. Part of a new breed of country music performers, she was unafraid to address issues through her music that had previously been avoided. Her fresh, direct, open style and relative youth allowed her to empathize with young people beginning romantic relationships. McCready released albums in 1996, 1997, and 1999 and seemed poised to become one of country music's next superstars. But by 2005, McCready
by Debra Reilly
Mindy McCready's Career
Signed with BNA, part of BMG Entertainment/RCA Nashville, 1994; debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, BNA, 1996; If I Don't Stay The Night, BNA, 1997; I
Mindy McCready's Awards
Country Music Radio Awards, Best New Artist, 1997.
- Selective Works
- Ten Thousand Angels, (includes "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All The Time"), BNA, 1996.
- If I Don't Stay The Night, BNA, 1997.
- (With others) Various Artists: Going West Across America, RCA Records, 1997.
- (With others) Country Cares For Kids: A Holiday Album, BMG/BNA Entertainment, 1997.
June 8, 2006: McCready sued William McKnight for loss of potential income and emotional trauma, after she allegedly suffered a severe beating from him in May of 2005. Source: USA Today, www.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-06-08-mccready_x.htm, June 8, 2006.
- Billboard, August 29, 1999.
- Country Weekly, May 14, 1996, p. 24.
- Entertainment Weekly, May 3, 1996, p. 79.
- Nashville Record Review, June 1-2, 1996.
- People Weekly, August 15, 2005.
- USA Today, August 24, 2004; September 16, 2005.