Gretchen Wilson was born June 26, 1973. At the time of her birth her mother was 16. Her father abandoned them when Wilson was two years old. Wilson grew up poor and dropped out of school when she was 15 to support herself. She has since earned her GED and has become an advocate for adult education. While still 15, Wilson sang in bars around St. Louis. She was discovered by a prominent bar manager and given a job singing at a prestigious club in Springfield, Illinois.
After performing there for two years, Wilson relocated to Nashville and the rest as they say is history. Wilson's debut album, Here for the Party, was released in 2004. It contained the number one single and Grammy Award winning song "Redneck Woman." Her signature track made her a household name and helped her sell a bunch of Gretchen Wilson tickets. Since then, and as of 2013, Wilson has released six more studio albums including her holiday offering, Christmas in My Heart (2013). Wilson is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan and reworked her classic "Redneck Woman" to "Redbird Fever."