Malinda Gayle McCready was born in Fort Myers, Florida. She began singing in church at age three. McCready graduated high school at 16 years of age. She had dreams of becoming a country music artist, and had intentions of pursuing her dreams.
She moved to Nashville, TN when she was 18, where she was signed by BNA Records. Her debut album “Ten Thousand Angels” was released in 1996, and sold two million copies. Four chart singles were produced from the album. The title track was #6 on the charts. This was followed by her only Number 1 hit, “Guys Do It All the Time”. Another single peaked at #4 on the charts, it was “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do)” This album placed her in the Nashville spotlight.
In 1997 McCready became engaged to actor Dean Can, but they broke up the following year.
Her next album was released the next year; “If I Don’t Stay the Night” spawned three singles, and the album sold 825,000 copies.
McCready released “I’m Not So Tough” in 1999. The album only sold 144,000 copies, and she was dropped from the record company. McCready was then signed to Capitol Records. Her self-titled album with Capitol had disappointing sales also, and she was dropped by Capitol Records.
Mindy McCready was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller Oxycontin. She denied the charge initially, then plead guilty and was fined $4,000. She was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.
In 2005, McCready was stopped by Nashville police for speeding and then arrested. She was charged with driving under the influence, and suspended license. A jury found her not guilty on the DUI, but guilty of suspended license. In Arizona the same year, she was charged with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution.
McCready’s ex boyfriend Billy McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking McCready. A few months later, she was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida after attempting suicide. She had washed down a large amount of undisclosed drugs with alcohol, and was hospitalized for a drug overdose. Two months later, she attempted suicide for a second time by overdosing on antidepressants. She was pregnant with McKnight’s child. She gave birth to her son in March 2006.
Mindy McCready released a song “I’m Still Here” in 2008 via her official website, and announced that she was working on a documentary, an album, and a reality show. The album was released in March, 2010.
In 2008, paramedics were called to McCready’s home in Nashville after an apparent suicide attempt. They took her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists. In April 2008, the New York Daily News reported on a possible long term relationship between McCready and baseball star Roger Clemens. Clemens attorney Rusty Hardin denied the affair, and stated that Clemens would be bringing a defamation suit regarding this false allegation.
McCready spoke to Inside Edition in November 2008, speaking in detail about her affair with Clemens. She stated that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, and that when Clemens refused to leave his wife, the affair ended.
In 2009 she signed on to appear on the reality series, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”. Mindy appeared in the third season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”, which aired in early 2010. The show gave accounts of her struggle with substance addiction. She later discussed her recovery with Todd Gaither on an episode of “The View”.
Malinda Gayle “Mindy” McCready is an American country music singer. She has recorded a total of four studio albums. One was certified 2x Multi-Platinum, and one was certified gold. The others didn’t do as well because of all her personal problems.