Who is Mindy McCready ?
Malinda Gayle “Mindy” McCready (November 30, 1975 – February 17, 2013) was an American country music singer. Active from 1995 until her death in 2013, she recorded a total of five studio albums. Her debut album, 1996′s Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997′s If I Don’t Stay the Night was certified Gold. 1999′s I’m Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was less successful, and she left the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records.
Overall, McCready’s four studio albums accounted for twelve singles on the Billboard country singles charts. This figure includes the Number One hit “Guys Do It All the Time”, as well as the Top Ten hits “Ten Thousand Angels” and “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do)”. Although she had not charted a single since 2002, McCready received significant media coverage regarding her personal life. McCready’s fifth studio album, I’m Still Here, was released in March 2010 on Iconic Records and is available on Amazon and iTunes.
Born Malinda Gayle McCready in Fort Myers, Florida, McCready began singing in her local Pentecostal church at age 3, and graduated from high school at the age of 16 with the intention of beginning her music career early.
When she was 18, she moved to Nashville, where she was signed by BNA Records. Her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, was released in 1996 and sold two million copies. The album produced four chart singles on the country charts: the title track at No. 6, followed by her only Number One hit, “Guys Do It All the Time.” This song, in turn, was succeeded by “Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now,” a duet with Richie McDonald, then the lead vocalist ofLonestar. The fourth and final single, “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do),” peaked at No. 4.
The next year, McCready released the album If I Don’t Stay the Night. The album spawned three singles, “What If I Do”, “The Other Side of This Kiss,” and “You’ll Never Know.” The album sold 825,000 copies.
In 1999, McCready released I’m Not So Tough. The first single, “All I Want Is Everything,” failed to break the top 50. The album was a commercial failure, selling 144,000 copies. Soon after, McCready’s record company dropped her. McCready was then signed by Capitol Records. She released a self-titled album with Capitol in 2002 to disappointing sales, and was dropped by Capitol later that year.
In May 2008, McCready released a song, “I’m Still Here,” via her official website. She also announced that she had been working on a documentary, a new album and a reality show.McCready’s critically acclaimed fifth album, I’m Still Here, was released in March 2010.
In June 2009, McCready signed on to appear on the reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. The series aired and depicted her struggle with substance addiction. She later discussed her recovery and possible studio work with Todd Gaither on a March 2010 episode of The View.
In the summer of 2011, McCready appeared on Celebrity Close Calls and Celebrity Ghost Stories. She also appeared on 20/20 in December 2011 where she discussed her son Zander, her producer boyfriend David Wilson and new music.
Mindy McCready Dead Commits Suicide 17 February 2013
The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office released a statement this evening that reads:
“At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”
Troubled country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide … this according to various reports. She was 37.
A source close to McCready tells Elitisten… McCready shot herself and her dog. Neighbors reported hearing the two gunshots.
We’re told McCready had been a mess since the father of her youngest child, record producer David Wilson, was found dead in his home on January 13 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McCready’s two children were removed from her home by a judge on February 6 and she was committed to a treatment facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation. She was released two days later.
McCready had attempted suicide twice before — once in 2005 and again in 2008. She also made several trips to rehab and appeared in 2010 on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”