Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mindy McCready: A Troubled Country Song Life Ends

Mindy McCready: Her Troubled Country Song Life Ends at the age 37

After chart success through the 90’s, by July 2005 the gorgeous blond singer was some nine years removed from her biggest hit, the No. 1 smash Guys Do It All the Time. McCready then was making local, and national, news not for an artistic achievement but for personal turbulence. Her suicide marked the darkest chapter in messy life.
Mindy McCready collage (Nov 30, 1975 – Feb 17, 2013)
Sources / Links shown in RED (Click on photos to enlarge)

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, whose platinum singing career was shadowed by substance abuse and suicide attempts, is dead in a very lonely and tragic end. McCready is best known for 1996 hit 'Ten Thousand Angels'.
McCready, whose albums include TEN THOUSAND ANGELS and IF I DON'T STAY THE NIGHT, had a complicated personal life, marked by a history of family disputes and tragedy.
Local law enforcement confirmed the news, after speculatation, that the country singer took her own life. She was 37.
Fox Nashville entertainment reporter Stacy McCloud first broke the news on Twitter saying, “A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.”
Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss confirmed the news to USA Today saying “Ms. McCready is deceased from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Police were called to the scene at 1132 Fox Chase, Heber Springs, Arkansas at 3:58PM, west of Memphis and north of Little Rock, on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb 17, 2013 and found the singer dead on the front porch.
Deputies had been dispatched to the area following reports of "shots fired," the sheriff's office said.
The sheriff's office said McCready's body would be taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, adding that "the matter will be fully investigated."

McCready’s final weeks were filled with grief and tragedy, beginning in January when her boyfriend and the father to her infant son, Zayne, was found dead at the same home, which the couple shared in Arkansas. Initially reported as a suicide, officials later suggested they weren’t sure about the cause of his death and would wait until autopsy reports were returned.
McCready tearfully denied any involvement in David Wilson’s death during a ‘Today’ show appearance on Jan. 29.
Ex-husband Billy McKnight filed several motions with regards to his son with McCready, 6-year-old Zander, soon after, hoping to gain custody. McCready entered a treatment facility and had her two children taken from her, but was released a short time later.

Andrea Canning NBC Tweet

Earlier Sunday night, Dateline NBC correspondent Andrea Canning tweeted, "Just got a call from Mindy McCready's best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening. My heart breaks for her two boys."
Nashville television reporter Stacy McCloud tweeted that four sources, including a member of McCready's family, had confirmed the singer's suicide and that a statement from the family was in the works.

Canning interviewed McCready for Dateline after the singer's boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound last month.
"I just started screaming, calling 911" after Wilson shot himself, McCready told Canning. "I laid down next to him. I just pleaded with him not to die." 
The late Mindy McCready and
David Wilson

McCready entered rehab shortly after Wilson's death.

A source tells E! News that Mindy's father, Tim McCready had been staying with her until this morning when he returned to Florida. When her father left, "she was in good spirits and seemed to be fine," our source tells us.
Neighbors heard gunshots at her house and called the police. "She shot herself and the dog," an E! News source says.

Just a little over a month ago, McCready's boyfriend, David Wilson, died at the age of 34 with no cause of death or details surrounding his passing being revealed, however continues to be under investigation.
After denying any involvement with Wilson's death, McCready's two children, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9-months-old, were taken from the singer's Heber Springs, Ark., home by authorities. "Mindy needs to get help and we all care and love her and we want her to get the right help so she can move on. She is in a bad state right now, depressed and unhappy. It is not good," a source told E! News when the children were removed.
That was the point when McCready was ordered to enter an in-patient facility for treatment. "Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks," her father said in court documents. "Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children."

On Mon Feb 18, Billy McKnight, country star Mindy McCready’s ex-boyfriend and the father of the couple’s 6-year-old son Zander, tells TODAY’s Carl Quintanilla that he is not shocked by her apparent suicide given that she battled personal demons for so long -
Billy Knight -Today TV- 10Feb2013

I met Mindy at 23 coming off of a big record, and from knowing her as personal as I did back then, sometimes being famous can hurt you,” McKnight said in a phone interview Monday from Tampa, Fla. “I think she was too young. I think that she was having some personal issues in her life and her family anyways, and when she got famous … she started mixing booze and pills and the negativity, it took the best of her.”

On Bill Cody’s ”Coffee, Country and Cody” show on 650AM WSM, discusses with news correspondent Jimmy Carter the news of Mindy McCready’s death.
LISTEN  >> Audio

The Timeline of the Troubled Country Singer
From success, to frequent tabloid fodder and a tragic end

Mindy had been compared to the legendary Tammy Wynette in both looks and sound. As an independent woman she was the first to admit that "Stand By Your Man," as she says, "is not the Mindy McCready way. No way. If he's not a good guy, I'm not standing by him!" she declares. "But I do love Tammy with all my heart."
Mindy’s songs were crafted to emulate emerging superstars Shania Twain and Faith Hill. Her sound was all gloss but with a bit of the old-school ache in the mix. Her persona was something of a Marilyn Monroe-like blend of childish joy and sexual knowing. With gorgeous, beautiful natural looks, her early slip-clad and midriff-baring videos drove men wild whilst her smiles drew female fans, which looked on her as a friend and understood a woman’s vulnerability.

1975 - Born 30 November, 1975, in Fort Myers, Florida 
She began performing at an early age 3. Like many of her contemporaries, her first musical experiences came in her local church [Pentecostal]. She cited musical influences as diverse as Madonna, gospel singer Sandi Patti, Crystal Gayle, Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Reba, and classical opera. At age 9, Mindy embarked on seven years of formal opera training. Motivated by a desire to pursue a professional musical career, she graduated high school (with honors) at 16 and at 18, she convinced her Pentecostal mother to give her a year in Nashville to chase her dreams.
A meeting with Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Norro Wilson, led the ambitious teen with her karaoke tapes (Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About” and Trisha Yearwood’s “Down On My Knees”) to country-pop producer David Malloy, who crafted a coming-of-age siren's song with a polished sound

1993 - 95 By the age of 18, the singer had moved to Nashville and fifty-one weeks later inked a recording deal with BNA Records. Mindy had landed a contract within the one-year deadline imposed by her mother

1996 - She has her first hit with “Guys Do It All The Time” [Hot Country Songs #1]. Her album TEN THOUSAND ANGELS (BNA) was released on April 30, 1996 [eventually certified double platinum by the RIAA]. She was nominated for “Top New Female Vocalist” along with LeAnn Rimes (Winner) & Deana Carter at 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Nominated for “Best New Artist” at the 1996 American Music Awards. The success of the album led to extensive concert appearances with George Strait, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson. (Ironically, prior to that, Mindy had never appeared on stage).
When she prepared for her first tour, she told USA TODAY, "I have no stage experience. I'm scared to death. I sing so good in the shower, and then I get out onstage and I'm, like, quivering and fixing to cry".
The very first time she performed live was Valentine's Day in front of 25,000 people, opening for George Strait at the Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

1997 - She performed at the 32nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held on April 23, 1997.
Her second album IF I DON'T STAY THE NIGHT was released on November 4, 1997 [eventually certified Gold by the RIAA].

1998 – Mindy was in the news for her personal life as much as her music. She had high-profile romances with NHL player Drake Berehowsky and “Lois & Clark” star Dean Cain [Superman], to whom she became engaged on Sept. 9 1997. 

Mindy McCready with fiance
Dean Cain (Jan1998)
However, the couple never made it to the altar and broke up. They had been dating for three years.
Success was taking root, but stability was not.

Her teenage brother moved to Music City because of their family's disruptive home life.

1999 - McCready released new 3rd album I'M NOT SO TOUGH on September 14, 1999 before she parted ways with BNA label after clashes with its chief, Joe Galante.

2002 - She released new 3rd album MINDY McCREADY on March 26, 2002. It had disappointing sales and was dropped by Capitol Records.
2003 - In December, she began dating aspiring singer William Patrick "Billy" McKnight.

2004 – In early August, the then 28-year-old, was arrested at her home in Nashville, according to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department. She allegedly presented a prescription for the powerful painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy February 12th, paid for the drug and left. Investigators say they later learned that McCready was not a patient at the doctor's office listed on the prescription, and the scrip was fraudulent.She was convicted of prescription drug fraud and placed on parole. In December she was ordered to pay four-thousand dollars in fines and spend three years on probation, after pleading guilty to buying painkillers with a phony prescription. She also had to do 200 hours of community service and was to hold a benefit concert, which would towards it. OxyContin is a potent painkiller often used as a heroin substitute. Mindy said the pills weren't for her, she didn’t have a drug problem and she had received "bad advice" from a trusted friend.

2005 - She was arrested in Nashville in May 2005 for drunk driving and driving with a suspended license after she was stopped for speeding. Two months later, she was charged with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution in Arizona. On May 8, 2005, Billy McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her.
On May 12, 2005 Mindy she testified in Davidson County General Sessions court as part of a preliminary hearing for McKnight, who was charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary in Nashville, TN. McKnight had an arrest record in Davidson County dating back to 1999. The self-employed singer/songwriter also faced robbery charges in 2002 in Florida. McCready claimed the attack was not the first. "This is the one where it was the worst," she said
After reporting to People magazine that she had cut ties with McKnight, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, after attempting suicide in July 2005 while pregnant. On that occasion, she attempted a drug overdose.
There were at least two attempts of suicide by McCready before she gave birth to a son, Zander, in March 2006.

2006 - She had two young sons, her first, Zander, was born, with Billy McKnight. As her personal problems deepened later in life, she became embroiled in a legal dispute over custody.
2007 - In July 2007, she was charged with battery after a scuffle with her mother her Fort Myers, Florida, home and resisting arrest. The following week she was arrested for violating her probation. The battery charge was later dropped by Florida prosecutors, but she still faced a first-degree misdemeanour charge for resisting arrest.
She was sentenced in September to spend time in jail for violating her parole terms, from a 2004 drug arrest and was released in December.

2008 – In March she started working on recording a new record and a reality TV called "Mending Mindy.
Her romantic life once again made news in. In April, the New York Daily News reported that McCready had been in a long-term relationship with Major League Baseball star Roger Clemens. The report stated that the two had been involved since 1991 –- when she was just sixteen. Clemens, nicknamed "The Rocket," was under investigation for perjury after he testified before Congress in 2008 that he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

Mindy McCready
Ladies No-Limit Hold 'em
 poker Tournament
 In June 8, Mindy joined a Queens of Heart poker team participating in the Ladies No-Limit Hold 'em poker tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. A portion of the proceeds from the team were to benefit the Nevada Cancer Institute. reported in July the singer was in rehab, making a trip to a Nashville ER on July 16th entering into an extended-care facility.
In October Mindy stared at the world through jailhouse bars once again, as she began serving a 60-day sentence for probation violation. The troubled singer entered a negotiated plea agreement after it was alleged she had falsified records of community service ordered in an earlier court appearance.  
On December 18, 2008, McCready once again tried to take her own life. Paramedics took her to Centennial Medical Center in Nashville after finding wounds to her wrists. Her brother Timothy discovered Mindy with bleeding wrists at 10:15 a.m. in their Nashville home. It was determined the singer had also swallowed a number of unidentified pills

2010 - Her fifth album, I'M STILL HERE, was released to acclaim on March 23, 2010. In addition to her first album for 8 years, Mindy penned a tell-all autobiography, also titled 'I'm Still Here,' which she said would reveal personal details of her past. The book was due to be released in the Autumn.
After taking a decision to clean up her life, she appeared in TV show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew”. According to the bio posted on VH1's website as part of her appearance on the show, McCready said that she believed her only true addiction was to violent relationships. [McCready is now the fifth celebrity to pass away since appearing on Pinsky's show and the third from Season 3] On the show Mindy said she suffered from love addiction, not substance abuse. In one of the show's scarier moments, McCready suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where scans showed brain damage.
In 2010, Vivid Entertainment released "Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress" which amounted to a homemade sex tape. Her “co-star” was a man only identified as "Peter." [Source - Billboard!] Mindy mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Vivid Entertainment over their plans to release it, a sex tape the company purchased from a “third party.” "I had no idea," Mindy told of the tape's existence. "I woke up one morning and turned on the computer and it was all over the place, so that's exactly how I found out." The tape was allegedly stolen from a family friend.

2011 - McCready appeared on HBO's show "Celebrity Close Calls" about life and death situations. That same year she also appeared on the network's "Celebrity Ghost Stories."
In November 2011 McCready set off family-service alarm bells after violating a court order when she didn't bring her then 5-year-old son, Zander, back home to Florida after a visit. The singer was allowed to visit her son, whose father is McCready's ex Billy McKnight, but her mother had custody of the child. She claimed she was simply protecting her child. Zander was subsequently placed in foster care in the state while the custody dispute was dealt with.
She became involved with record producer David Wilson

2012 - Her son [with David Wilson], Zayne, was born in April. McCready was given full custody of Zander in late 2012.
She posted excerpts of a book she said was upcoming about her life. She acknowledged a difficult upbringing, personal problems and the challenges she faced turning her life around. "I haven't had a hit in almost a decade," she wrote in January 2012 on her official fan website - "I've spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line.” I’ve been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted.” But I'm still here

  • 2013 - On Jan 13, McCready’s boyfriend David Wilson is found dead. The 34-year-old record producer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound [according to the New York Daily News]. Emergency personnel arrived to the scene but the troubled country singer's live-in beau was pronounced dead after being transported to a local hospital. Wilson stood to inherit $143,000 from a trust this month.
  • McCready faced a cloud of suspicion and Police were investigating whether foul play was involved in his shooting. She told Dateline NBC: 'I didn't find the bullet, the dog did. It was in the dog's mouth. I mean, that’s a horrific things to say, but it was in the dog’s mouth.'
  • In her last interview (>> Video ) before she died with NBC's Andrea Canning, the singer spoke about the effect Wilson's death had on her. "I have never gone through anything this painful," she said. "He didn't just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soul mate."
  • Feb. 6, 2013 she is committed to a treatment center and her children are taken from her. Just days earlier, Billy McKnight had filed for full custody of Zander and urged a judge to have the singer submitted for a mental health and drug evaluation.
  • Reports said that the troubled country star entered a treatment facility on Feb. 6, on the judge's orders. At an emergency hearing, McCready, 37, admitted to drinking too much alcohol in the wake of her boyfriend David Wilson's death by self-inflicted gunshot wound three weeks before.
  • 17 February 2013 - police find her dead at her home (aged 37) Heber Springs, Arkansas, U.S. The tragic country star killed the family dog before shooting herself dead on her porch - the exact spot where her boyfriend died from a gunshot wound just a month ago.
Mindy leaves behind two children, sons Zander, six, and Zayne, nine months - had been placed in foster care and were not home at the time of her death.
Zander's father Billy McKnight lost custody to his son after he was accused of trying to kill McCready. On Feb 18, McKnight said: 'As sad as it is, it didnt’ come as a major shock, because she’s just been battling demons for so long. I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her'

A memorial service for Mindy McCready is already in the works, the late singer's representative confirmed on Monday, February 18. Mindy's "friends in music" have planned to organize a tribute to the country singer in Nashville.
However, the exact date and location of the memorial service are still unclear.

Discography and Billboard Chart Placing 

Mindy McCready Album/ Single artwork

In the mid-'90s, Mindy enjoyed a string, albeit relatively brief, of hits on Billboard's country charts, arriving in 1996
with a pair of top 10 singles and a top 10 album at the format.
McCready charted 12 titles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from 1996 to 2002, including three top 10s:
"Ten Thousand Angels" (No. 6, 1996), "Guys Do It All the Time" (No. 1, 1996) [her only Hot Country Songs No. 1] and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" (No. 4, 1997).
She placed seven sets on Top Country Albums, with her debut, "Ten Thousand Angels," marking her lone top 10 (No. 5, 1996). After an eight-year gap, she returned to the chart in 2010 with "I'm Still Here," which spent a week at No. 71 that April. The latter title marks her sole Billboard chart placement on any ranking since 2002.
McCready sold 1.8 million albums in the U.S. in her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Of that sum, 1.2 million were courtesy of debut "Ten Thousand Angels."
"We ... neglect to remember that our song(s) might actually mean something to people. Instead, we try to cut a 'hit song,'" McCready told Billboard in a March 1996 interview, as her debut hit was scaling Hot Country Songs. "When I cut every song on my (first) record, I wanted them to be something that I could identify with, (to create) a bond that I would have with each of my fans as an artist."

By this point, the singer was in the news for her personal life as much as her music. She had high-profile romances with NHL player Drake Berehowsky and “Lois & Clark” star Dean Cain, to whom she became engaged in 1997. However, the couple never made it to the altar, breaking up the following year.

Though her success at radio had withered, she continued to make the news. A volatile relationship with songwriter Billy McKnight resulted in his arrest after an incident where he was accused of beating and choking the star

Release date: April 30, 1996 / Label: BNA Records / Producer David Malloy
Chart Success: Billboard Country #5, Billboard Top 200 #40 - 2× Platinum Certification
This was her debut album and sold two million copies being certified double platinum by the RIAA. It opened with first-week sales of more than 7,500 units which at the time was the highest for a female country artist since Trisha Yearwood’s 1991 self-titled debut. TEN THOUSAND ANGELS peaked at #5 on the US country charts, and producing four chart singles:
"Ten Thousand Angels" (released April 1, 1996) writers Steven Dale Jones, Billy Henderson Billboard Hot Country Songs #6
"Guys Do It All the Time" (released July 15, 1996) / writers: Bobby Whiteside, Kim Tribble / Billboard Hot Country Songs #1 (Week of Sept 14, 1996), US Hot 100 #72 . Rejecting a partner’s anger that she’d been out too late, McCready turns the double standard on its head. Reba McEntire praised the cheeky tune stating said that she wished she was the one who could sing it every night!
Maybe He'll Notice Her Now" (duet with Richie McDonald) released January 6, 1997 / writer: Tim Johnson /
Billboard Hot Country Songs #18   >> YouTube – In the song the female protagonist, feels like and compares herself to a painting hung in the hallway that goes by unnoticed by her man.

A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" (released February 24, 1997) writers: Rick Bowles, Robert Byrne / Billboard Hot Country Songs #4 
Lead me not into temptation / Heaven help me to be strong / I can fight all that I'm feeling / But I can't do it alone /
Help me break this spell that I'm under / Guide my feet and hold me tight / I need ten thousand angels watching over me tonight
Mindy McCready Billboard Chart Success -
"Ten Thousand Angels" #1 Heatseekers
"Guys Do It All The Time" No.1 Hot Country Songs /
 Album Greatest Gainer (July-Sept-1996)

If I Don't Stay the Night - Amazon UK
Release date: November 4, 1997 / Label: BNA Records / Producer David Malloy / UPC: 078636750422
Chart Success: Billboard Country Albums #12, Billboard Top 200 #83 - Gold Certification
The album sold 825,000 copies and was certified gold by the RIAA.
It did not produce a Top Ten country hit. 
First enhanced Country CD ( click to enlarge image) 
When released it was country music's first enhanced CD with multimedia material presentation including audio tracks, music videos, interviews, biographical information, a special section on Mindy's involvement with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital  and AOL links where users were launched directly into the TwangThis!. This album addressed relationship issues specific to young women ("What If I Do'") which included quirky spoken interjections and explores sexual decisions with a straightforwardness unusual in country music. Her spirited sense of independence was boldly stated in "This is Me," when she sang: "This is me, take it or leave it/I'm my own girl and you'd better believe it."
Three Singles:
What If I Do" (released October 3, 1997) writers: Ed Hill, David Malloy, Mark D. Sanders / Billboard Hot Country Songs #26, US Hot 100 #102
The Other Side of This Kiss" writers: Bob DiPiero, Malloy, Sanders / Billboard Hot Country Songs #41
"You'll Never Know" (released January 20, 1998) / writers: Angelo Petraglia, Kim Richey /  Billboard Hot Country Songs #19, US Hot 100 #102. This was her final Top 20 single.
Note - The track "Oh Romeo" written by Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison, crossed over the United Kingdom, where it reached #41 on the UK Singles Chart
Oh Romeo (Romeo) / Who would lay down her life? (Romeo)  / Swallow the poison, pick up the knife /
Maybe I'd cry (maybe I'd cry) / Just a teardrop or two (tear or two) / But I would not die for you / I would not die for you

Release date: September 14, 1999 / Label: BNA / Producers: Csaba Petocz, Billy Joe Walker, Jr. /
Chart Success: Billboard Country Albums #17, Billboard Top 200 #155
This album peaked at #17 on the US country charts and sold 144,000+ copies. The track "Thunder and Roses" was later covered by Pam Tillis on her 2001 album of the same name. The album was issued in the United Kingdom with three bonus tracks. Title cut song "I'm Not So Tough" was a cover of the debut single of Dutch singer Ilse DeLange, recorded in 1998.
“All I Want Is Everything" writers: Matraca Berg, Marshall Chapman / Billboard Hot Country Songs #57 - YouTube

Release date: March 26, 2002 / Label Capitol Nashville / Producers: Billy Joe Walker, Jr. / Mike Clute and Bobby Huff
Chart Success: Billboard Country Album Chart #29
This was her fourth studio album released on Capitol Nashville and was her only album for the label. The track "The Fire" was originally recorded by Chely Wright on her 1999 album Single White Female.
The album included three singles:
Scream" writers: Jenai, Helen Darling  / Billboard Hot Country Songs #46
Maybe, Maybe Not"; writers:  Jim Collins, Mila Mason / Billboard Hot Country Songs #49 (later recorded by Mila Mason on her 2003 album Stained Glass Window),
"Lips Like Yours"; writers: Alex Call, Bobby Whiteside (didn't chart)

I'M STILL HERE - Amazon UKUK iTunes
Release date: March 23, 2010 / Label Iconic Records / Producer Christopher Jak, Trey Bruce and Jimmy Nichols.

Her fifth and final studio album released via Linus Entertainment.
Chart Success: Billboard Country Album Chart #71
The album included the single "I'm Still Here," as well as re-recordings of her 1996 singles "Guys Do It All the Time" and "Ten Thousand Angels." Mindy performed on Fox & Friends to promote the album in April 2010.
The album included two singles:
 "I'm Still Here"; writers: McCready, Trey Bruce, Rachel Thibodeau  (didn't chart released 2008)

"I Want a Man", writers: McCready, Robin Lee Bruce, Billy Crain   (didn't chart released 2008)
After the storm blew through, It kept me and it saved me. I’m still standing right where you left me / ….
This time I can survive / I ain't dying on nobody else's cross / I ain't sufferin' no more unforgivin' loss /Oh, no.

Video - Mindy McCready "I Want To Love You" >> YouTube

UK Magazine
This was a July 1998 Country Music International Cover Feature interview with Mindy McCready - "Naked Nashville".
She talks about trying to make it as a country singer, a new US TV sitcom and details the TV Series "Naked Nashville" which was shown on Channel  Four TV in the UK (July 11, 18 and 25 in 1998)

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The Country Music World reacts:
Artists from the world of country music reacted to the shock death of McCready on social media sharing thoughts, paying tribute and condolences.

Joe Galante: It's all very sad" [He was Ms. McCready's label chief during her early, hit-making years]

Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood): I grew up listening to Mindy sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them...

LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes): My heart goes out to Mindy McCready's family. I knew her well. It's a horribly tragedy. May peace be with her son's.

Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic): So so sad to hear about Mindy McCready. Had some fun times with her back in the day. Lets respect her memory and wish her soul peace.
I hope our society shows compassion and realizes the severity and reality of mental illness, and addiction.'

Natalie Maines: "Too much tragedy to overcome. RIP Mindy McCready."

Chely Wright (@chelywright): "Really really sad to learn the news about Mindy McCready. I will pray for her children and I hope that people are gentle with her memory."

Hillary Scott @HillaryScottLA My heart is breaking hearing of the loss of Mindy McCready. Pray for her 2 precious little boys...may God's peace & protection be on them!

Wynonna Judd: Unbelievable & so sad. God be with the family & those babies. Surround them with your grace & mercy.
'It breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life,' she said. 'Addiction is a disEASE & not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop. This is just so unbelievable & so sad

Pam Tills: I remember one of my first shows in the beginning of my touring career. There were several new artist on the bill and Mindy McCready was one of them. I remember being beside the stage waiting to do my sound check. She was doing her sound check and did the Linda Ronstadt song A Long Long Time. It was SO good and so beautiful, she had real talent that unfortunately got pegged into a bimbo image. They wanted to make her the blonde Shania and that was just a dead end street for her..........Her singing really moved me and I never forgot it. I'm very sad that she never recovered from her substance abuse issues. I hate it that it is another beautiful voice squandered and especially for her children. People kick people when they're down and that's really too bad..........It's not for us to judge. I hope she rest in peace  (Facebook)

Gretchen Peters @gretchenpeters So sad to hear about Mindy McCready. I met her in the first flush of her early career. This is a hard business. Sometimes success is poison.

Matraca Berg @matracaberg  Mindy McCready RIP.. So sad.

Michelle Wright (Facebook) As you may know Mindy McCready has passed on. She was a young promising country music artist in the mid '90's but faced a number of challenges and I'm so sad that she lost the battle with addiction and mental illness which can also cause depression. I've been sober now for several years and I know how hard it can be sometimes. RIP Mindy

Carolyn Dawn Johnson (Facebook): Just got the very sad news of Mindy McCreadys passing. For those of you who met or knew her, you know how welcoming and sweet she really was. I was a new songwriter in town & she was riding high on the charts when we first met & I had the joy of being invited to her home on several occasions, she had a generous heart. She recorded a couple of my songs and it was very exciting. I reached out to her a few years ago on here as it seemed she had struggles and we conversed a little bit, I wish I had done more somehow, this all is just so heartbreaking. She was too young:( I will remember her very very fondly. I wish life hadn't gotten so hard for her [ "Tumble and Roll" was written by  Al Anderson, Kim Carnes, Carolyn Dawn Johnson from Mindy’s album I'm Not So Tough]

Victoria Banks (Facebook) The Canadian singer-songwriter posts: As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, I would never wish that experience on anyone. If I could wrap my arms around Mindy McCready's family tonight, I would. Sending them love and prayers for strength.

# Stephen Dale Jones, who wrote McCready’s hit "Ten Thousand Angels,” says she changed his life when she recorded his song in 1996. "She was such a generous person. She loved having spaghetti suppers with her collection of friends -- from people we all know to someone who she may have met at the mall that day. “I was in the audience at her first concert in St. Louis when she opened for George Strait. Mindy arrived in Nashville at 18 years old with a few suitcases and way too much baggage for someone her age... It's a tragic ending to a young life.”

 # Richie McDonald of Lonestar cut a duet with McCready, "Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now,” which was on her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels. "It breaks my heart to hear of Mindy's passing. She was a beautiful soul and just an amazing talent.
"One of my fondest memories of Mindy was back in 1995. She had asked me to sing on ‘Maybe He'll Notice Her Now’ and we were in the studio and my wife Lorie was sitting on the couch pregnant with [son] Rhett. And I’ll never forget Mindy feeling Lorie’s stomach while Rhett was kicking from within. I can still see her smile -- that smile that could light up the room. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to sing with such a beautiful person, inside and out."

# David Malloy says McCready’s hit “Guys Do It All The Time,” which was written by songwriters Bobby Whiteside and Kim Tribble, was exactly how she thought. “She wanted quality in songs and lyrics, and she wanted to be treated equal. She was like, 'I'm not gonna take crap from anyone.' She would think 'Why do guys get to do it and I don't?'"
Tribble says he was ecstatic when she cut the song. “She sang it awesome, she didn’t miss a note, didn’t miss a lick. She was perfect in every way. “I met her on two different occasions, and she was nice, very easy to talk with, kind of soft spoken and shy, actually. That was her only number one song and I was proud to be a part of it.”

Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins): Prayers out to Mindy McCready's 2 boys, family and loved ones.
James Otto (@jamesotto): "RIP Mindy McCready. Prayers for her children & family."
Tracy Lawrence: My thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy McCready and her family today
John Rich (@johnrich): "Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in Lonestar she was our label mate and we were
friends. A tragic end to a talented life."
Darius Rucker (@Darius Rucker): My love and prayers go out to Mindy Mccreedy's family.
Keith Urban: Blessings to all of Mindy McCready's family and friends today. Very sad indeed"
Jimmy Wayne: @JimmyWayne: RIP @mindymccready  We met 14 years ago @ Acuff & Rose. Who'd thought 14 years later on this day.... #why @martinamcbride: So sad.

# The Oak Ridge Boys dedicated “Farther Along” to McCready on Sun Feb 17 at a concert. The group’s Joe Bonsall recalls, “I remember meeting a very vibrant, youthful, talented young woman many years ago whose life turned into negativity and sad situations... Seemingly one after another... I feel so sorry for Mindy!! A tormented soul who chose the wrong way out!! I pray for her children and for God's mercy! This is as sad it gets. Life is God's greatest gift.”

# Mindy McCready: Nashville Music Biz -- Joe Galante, David Malloy, More -- Remembers 'Stunning' Talent
Read the 2 pages of tributes at

McCready's last post from her Twitter account was on Jan. 19, 2012: "Things have been hectic. But I'm still here.."

When speaking to The Associated Press in 2010, McCready smiled wryly while talking about the string of issues she’d dealt with over the last half-decade. “It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said of her life. “I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It’s just always been like that. My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that’s really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.”
This time it seems the whirlwind sadly overwhelmed McCready.

Remember Mindy McCready for her music she gave to the world.
In this tearjerker (originally cut by Linda Ronstadt) written for the lonely hearts, she portrays living in the memory of a love that never was:
“Long, Long Time” Lyric Video  >> YouTube
Wait for the day...You'll Go Away..Knowing That you Warned Me..Of The Price I'd Have To Pay......And Life's Full Of Flaws..Who Knows The Cause?...
Living In The Memory of a love that never was...

Mindy McCready’s family has planned a private funeral service to be held Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Crossroads Church in Fort Myers, Florida.  Burial arrangements have not yet been finalized by the family.
The memorial, being organized by her friends, peers and music community, is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at the Cathedral of The Incarnation in Nashville, Tennessee.

SOURCES - Daily Mail (UK), Ace, USA Today, Entertainment Time

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