Matraca continued to build her resume by writing for others, and in 1994 released her second album ''At the Speed of Grace'', another critically appraised album but commercially unsuccessful.
1997 was a big year for Matraca. Matraca wrote "Strawberry Wine" which was given to artist Deana Carter to record. The song was an instant smash and became Matraca's most well known and successful song to date. "Strawberry Wine" gave Matraca great success at the won the CMA (Country Music awards) "Song of the Year" award in 1997. Also in 1997, Matraca released her most successful album ''Sunday morning to Saturday Night''. This album includes her single "Back When We Were Beautiful", a song Matraca performed on the 1997 CMA's for which she received a standing ovation. In 1999, Matraca released a compilation album entitled ''Lying to the Moon & Other Stories''.
Matraca continues to be a prolific and well-respected country songwriter. She lives in Nashville with husband Jeff Hanna, a member of the country Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Matraca is her real given name, not a stage name.