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Gretchen Wilson

"Gretchen Renée Wilson" (born June 26, 1973 in Pocahontas, Illinois) is a Grammy Award-winning American country music singer. Her debut album, ''Here for the Party'', topped the US country charts in 2004 and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Gretchen Wilson is from a small town with a population of 700. She was raised in a trailer park in Pocahontas, Illinois, by a single mother, who was 16 when Wilson was born. Her father left his wife and baby two years later. Wilson grew up in poverty, living in a succession of trailer parks as her mother struggled to pay the rent by working as a waitress at a diner. She left school during the ninth grade. At age 14 she worked as a cook and bartender and was singing for tips, busking in rural Illinois, at a place called Big O's.

Wilson has a daughter, Grace Frances Penner (born November 9, 2000) fathered by her longtime boyfriend Michael Penner. Wilson and Penner have since ended their relationship. The night she won her CMA Horizon Award, she stated that she felt bad for taking home such a wonderful gift on her daughter's birthday.

After seeing the movie ''Super Size Me'', Gretchen Wilson announced a commitment...

Background solo singer
Born June 26, 1973
Origin Pocahontas, Illinois
Genre Country music
Years active 2004 - Present
Associated acts Musik Mafia
Big & Rich
website Official site
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