According to Biography.com, the following is a biography on Mindy McCready:
"Country music singer. Born Melinda Gayle McCready on November 30, 1975, in Fort Myers, Florida, McCready started singing at the age of three in her local Pentecostal church. At age nine, she began training for the opera with a retired Juilliard professor, but later decided that she preferred the kind of country singing she'd learned from karaoke tapes of Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire. "I liked Madonna and Michael Jackson," she said, "and I was the karaoke queen of my hometown. It was that Garth Brooks-Trisha Yearwood time, and Trisha had just sung 'She's in Love With the Boy.' I fell in love with it; it's so much about what I was doing and how I was growing up. So when I decided to pursue singing professionally, I wanted to sing country."
After graduating early from high school, McCready moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she signed her first recording contract at age 17. Her first album with BNA Records, Ten Thousand Angels, was released in 1996 and spawned four hit singles, including the chart-topping "Guys Do It All the Time." The album was certified double platinum and soon McCready was headlining concerts alongside country music legends like George Strait and Tim McGraw. Her songs were notable for their strong female voice and empowering lyrics. She says, "All my songs are tunes that women will want to listen to and say, 'Yes, sister!' They're not traditionally country, in the sense that they have images of dogs in trucks or submissive women. If the women aren't equal to the men, the songs aren't there for me. 'Stand By Your Man' is not the Mindy McCready way. No way. If he's not a good guy, I'm not standing by him!"
McCready followed her smash debut with 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night, which was certified gold, and 1999's I'm Not So Tough, which did not sell well. When BNA dropped her third record, McCready signed with Capitol Records and released her 2002 album Mindy McCready. The album again proved commercially disappointing and McCready was also dropped from Capitol."
To read more about McCready's personal troubles over the last few years, visit Biography.com.