In today’s country music, there are a variety of female artists who are making the waves with their exceptional music style. Each of them has something new to bring to the music genre. While there are stars such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood who are bringing in more of a pop country music, there are others like Gretchen Wilson who have made giant strides as far as country music is concerned. Learn more about her below.
Who is Gretchen Wilson?
Gretchen Wilson is a Grammy Award-winning American country music artist, songwriter, and singer; best known for her hit albums such as All Jacked Up and Here for the Party. She was born Gretchen Frances Wilson in Pocahontas, Illinois in the United States on June 26, 1973. She started singing from a very young age and she had a tough childhood experience. Her father left home when she was just two years old, leaving her alone with her mother. Life became so hard for them and her mother had to do several jobs to make ends meet. They both lived in succession of trailer parks while her mother worked in a bar. Wilson further dropped out of school in ninth grade to focus on her music career.
As a teenager, Wilson worked as a bartender and cook as well as a lead singer for different band groups in her neighborhood to make extra money. After a few years, she moved to Nashville where she continued singing and working in a club in order to pay her bills for about four years. She joined an informal band group called Muzik Mafia. There, she met John Rich with whom she wrote her debut single titled Redneck Woman subsequently.
Music Career and Rise to Fame
Wilson auditioned for Epic Records Nashville in 2003 and was later signed to the label. While she there, she released her debut single titled Redneck Woman at the beginning of 2004. The song received commercial success, topping the Hot Country Song charts and reaching No 22 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the instant success of Redneck Woman, Wilson launched her first music album titled Here for the Party in the same year. The album sold over five million copies; thus earning Wilson a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance, CMA Horizon Award, ACM Top New Artist, and ACM Top Female Vocalist Award.
The following year, Wilson released another hit album titled All Jacked Up which reached No 1 on the Billboard 200 music chart and sold over one million copies in the United States alone. The album also received wide popularity and was nominated for several Grammys. After that, Gretchen Wilson continued to pull the strides in the American music industry. She has released other hit singles and albums such as One of the Boys in 2007, I Got Your Country Right Here in 2010; Right on Time, Under the Covers, and Christmas in My heart in 2013, and Ready to Get Rowdy in 2017. She has collaborated with other artists including Shania Twain, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and Ann Wilson, among others.
Net Worth: How Much is Gretchen Wilson Worth?
The award-winning rock star has recorded huge success since the inception of her music career. She is one of the most successful female country music artists. Gretchen Wilson is currently living a lavish lifestyle with a net worth of $4 million. She earns her net worth from album sales, musical shows, and other endeavors. Recently, she signed an endorsement deal for fellow country singer John Rich’s Redneck Riviera Whiskey earlier in 2018.
Gretchen Wilson’s Husband
Wilson was briefly married to her former bandmate and guitarist named Larry Rolens. Their marriage didn’t last long before hitting the rocks and the pair went their separate ways. Also, Wilson started another relationship with Mike Penner with whom he has a daughter named Grace Frances Penner. The couple started their relationship in 1996 and welcomed their daughter Grace on November 9, 2000.
However, after nine years of being in a romantic relationship, the pair decided to go their separate ways in 2005. They got equal custody of their daughter. Apparently, Wilson is currently single and not in any known relationship at the moment.
What Happened To Her?
On August 21, 2018, Gretchen Wilson was arrested at the Bradley International Airport in Windsor. The Redneck Woman star was traveling from Washington D.C. to Connecticut. According to reports, her arrest was as a result of causing a disturbance on the flight. Wilson had an outburst on a fellow passenger who was in the restroom when she wanted to use the restroom.
However, when they returned to their seat; the pair continued exchanging threatening gestures before they were calmed by the flight attendants. On reaching the airport, she was met with the state police and she was charged with second-degree breach of peace. Wilson posted $1000 bail ahead of her show at Mohegan Sun Casino.
The country music star was scheduled to appear in Enfield Superior Court; nevertheless, her case was shifted to next month. Surprisingly, this is not the first time Wilson has been faced with such issues at the airport. Recall, in October 2007, the pop star was issued an in-flight citation while on a trip from Nashville to Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, she has an upcoming music tour in September 2018. Wilson will first perform at the Zucchini festival in Ohio on September 1 and on September 8; she would be in action at Soybean festival in Tennessee.