Gretchen, who had sung for Kmart as a child, sang in two bar bands by the age of 20.
In 1996 she moved to Nashville to sing back-up and record sample songs.
Her first single, "Redneck Woman", was released in early 2004 and reached the top of the Hot Country Songs charts and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The success of "Redneck Woman" prompted an earlier-than-planned release for Here for the Party -- May 11, 2004 -- and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard country chart.
Gretchen Frances Wilson (born June 26, 1973 in Pocahontas, Illinois) is a Grammy award-winning American country music singer-songwriter.
Gretchen's mother worked as a waitress, and Gretchen herself dropped out of the 8th grade at age 15 to work as a cook and bartender in rural Illinois.
The song's suggestive video received a TV-14 S rating when aired on CMT.
In 2007, Wilson displayed her rock and roll vocals on the cable TV special VH1 Rock Honors, singing Heart's hit Barracuda, along with Alice in Chains and Heart member Nancy Wilson on guitars., On May 15, 2007, Gretchen released her third album, One of the Boys.It also reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and Billboard Internet album sales charts.She performed as a support artist for Brooks & Dunn and Montgomery Gentry.The title track, All Jacked Up, peaked at a disappointing #8 on the Country singles chart and was the only song from the album to reach the top 10.The second single, I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today, peaked at #22.In 2000, she met John Rich, a former member of Lonestar, who invited her to become his song-writing partner.Wilson signed with Epic Records in 2003 and recorded Here for the Party within the year.Living in poverty with her mother in a trailer park, she was forced to drop out of school in the 9th grade to help her mother earning more cash.While her peers woke up in the morning to get dressed for school, she had to work as a cook and bartender everyday.The third and the fourth singles were Politically Uncorrect and California Girls, which peaked respectively at #23 and #25 on the Country chart.Kid Rock appeared on "The Other Side of Me," an exclusive track that Target released with the album.