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Mindy McCready
Birth name Melinda Gayle McCready
Born November 30, 1975 (1975-11-30) (age 34)
Origin Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels BNA, Capitol Nashville, Iconic
Associated acts Richie McDonald

Malinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready (born November 30, 1975) is an American country music singer. Active since 1996, she has recorded a total of four studio albums. Her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was certified gold. 1999's I'm Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was commercially unsuccessful, and she was dropped from the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records.

Overall, McCready's four studio albums have accounted for twelve singles on the Billboard country singles charts. This figure includes the Number One hit "Guys Do It All the Time", as well as the Top Ten hits "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)." Although she has not charted a single since 2002, McCready has received significant media coverage regarding personal events in her life.



Born Malinda Gayle McCready in Fort Myers, Florida, McCready began singing in church at age 3, graduated from high school at the age of 16 with the intention of beginning her music career early.[1]

When she was 18, she moved to Nashville, where she was signed by BNA Records. Her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, was released in 1996 and sold two million copies. The album produced four chart singles on the country charts: the title track at #6, followed by her only Number One hit, "Guys Do It All the Time." This song, in turn, was succeeded by "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now," a duet with Richie McDonald, then the lead vocalist of Lonestar. The fourth and final single, "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)," peaked at #4.[2]

The next year, McCready released the album If I Don't Stay the Night. The album spawned three singles, "What If I Do", "The Other Side of This Kiss," and "You'll Never Know." The album sold 825,000 copies.[3]

In 1999, McCready released I'm Not So Tough. The first single, "All I Want is Everything," failed to break the top 50. The album was a commercial failure, selling 144,000 copies. Soon after, McCready's record company dropped her. McCready was then signed by Capitol Records. She released a self-titled album with Capitol in 2002 to disappointing sales, and was dropped by Capitol later that year.[3]

In May 2008, McCready released a song, "I'm Still Here," via her official website. She also announced that she is working on a documentary, a new album and a reality show. She is on Celebrity Rehab 3[4]

Personal life

In 1997, McCready became engaged to actor Dean Cain.[5] The couple broke up the following year.[6]

McCready also dated former NHL hockey player Drake Berehowsky.[7]

In May 2005, McCready's ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking McCready.[3][8] The following July, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida after attempting suicide. She was hospitalized for a drug overdose after washing down a large amount of undisclosed drugs with alcohol.[9] That September, McCready, who was then pregnant with McKnight's child, attempted suicide for a second time by overdosing on antidepressants.[10]

On March 25, 2006, McCready gave birth to a son, Zander Ryan McCready.[11]

On December 17, 2008, paramedics were called to McCready's home in Nashville after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists. [12]

McCready appeared in the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which aired in January and February 2010, depicting her struggle with drug addiction.[13]. She later discussed her recovery on the March 17, 2010 episode of The View.

Roger Clemens affair

In April 2008, the New York Daily News reported on a possible long-term relationship between McCready and baseball star Roger Clemens that began when she was 15 years old.[14]

Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin denied the affair and also stated that Clemens would be bringing a defamation suit regarding this false allegation. Clemens' attorney admitted that a relationship existed, but described McCready as a "close family friend." He also stated that McCready had traveled on Clemens' personal jet and that Clemens' wife was aware of the relationship.[14] Clemens issued a statement saying only that "I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry."[15] However, McCready confirmed the relationship as being sexual in nature.[16]

On November 17, 2008, McCready spoke in more detail to Inside Edition about her affair with Clemens. She stated that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, and that it ended when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready. However, she denied that she was 15 years old when it began, saying that they met when she was 16 and the affair only became sexual "several years later". [17]

Legal troubles

In August 2004, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller OxyContin. Although she initially denied the charge, she pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000, sentenced to three years probation, and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.[18][19]

In May 2005, she was stopped by Nashville police for speeding and then arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.[20] A jury later found her not guilty on the charges of DUI, but guilty of driving with a suspended license.[21] That July, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution.[22]

An arrest warrant was issued for McCready the following month for violation of her probation when she left Tennessee without permission from her probation officer. McCready was also charged with not reporting to her probation officer during the month of July.[23] She was finally arrested in Florida and returned to Tennessee. McCready faced a hearing later that year on charges of violating her probation on a drug charge by failing to check in with her probation officer and leaving the state without permission to go to Florida.[24]

In July 2007, McCready was arrested in Ft. Myers, Florida. She was charged with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother.[25] The following week, she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation.[26] In September, McCready was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. In addition to the jail time, she was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform 200 additional hours of community service. She was released from jail in December.[27]

In June 2008, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for violating the terms of her probation set in September 2007.[28] Sentenced to 60 days in jail, McCready turned herself in on September 30, 2008.[29] After serving half of her sentence, she was released early for good behavior on October 31, 2008.[30]


Studio albums

Year Album Peak chart positions[31] Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country US US Heat CAN Country CAN
1996 Ten Thousand Angels 5 40 1 1 93
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
1997 If I Don't Stay the Night
  • Released: November 4, 1997
  • Label: BNA Records
12 83 12
  • US: Gold
1999 I'm Not So Tough
  • Released: September 14, 1999
  • Label: BNA Records
17 155 13
2002 Mindy McCready 29 *
2008 All for You
  • Released: March 4, 2008
  • Label: Artist Garage
2010 I'm Still Here
  • To be released: March 23, 2010
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
To be released
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Compilation and specialty albums

Year Album details Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1999 CMT Girls' Night Out[A]
  • Released: October 12, 1999
  • Label: BNA Records
30 8
2000 Super Hits
  • Released: January 11, 2000
  • Label: Sony BMG
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions[2] Album
US Country US CAN Country UK
1996 "Ten Thousand Angels" 6 124 13 Ten Thousand Angels
"Guys Do It All the Time" 1 72 1
"Maybe He'll Notice Her Now" (with Richie McDonald) 18 102 11
1997 "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" 4 105 4
"What If I Do" 26 102 19 If I Don't Stay the Night
1998 "You'll Never Know" 19 102 12
"The Other Side of This Kiss" 41 30
"Oh Romeo" 41
1999 "One in a Million"[A] 57 I'm Not So Tough
"All I Want Is Everything" 57 77
2000 "Scream" 46 * Mindy McCready
2002 "Maybe, Maybe Not" 49 *
"Lips Like Yours" *
2008 "I'm Still Here" I'm Still Here
2010 "I Want a Man"[B]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
  • A^ "One in a Million" is only the international version of I'm Not So Tough.
  • B^ To be released.

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
2009 "Sweeter" Billy McKnight Billy McKnight
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
1998 "Let's Talk About Love" 68 Country Cares for Kids

Music videos

Year Video Director
1996 "Ten Thousand Angels" Jim Hershleder
"Guys Do It All the Time"
"Maybe He'll Notice Her Now"
(with Richie McDonald)
1998 "You'll Never Know" Dean Cain
"The Other Side of This Kiss"
1999 "All I Want Is Everything" Susan Johnson
2000 "Scream" Roger Pistole
2001 "Maybe, Maybe Not"


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  18. ^ E! Online article on McCready's 2004 arrest, part one.
  19. ^ E! Online article on McCready's 2004 arrest, part two.
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  21. ^ "Mindy McCready found not guilty in DUI trial". 2006-07-19. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  22. ^ Hall, Sarah (2005-08-29). "Mindy McCready Jailed". 
  23. ^ August 10, 2005 on McCready's arrest warrant issuance.
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  25. ^ New York Times July 22, 2007 on McCready's Florida arrest the previous day.
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  27. ^ McCready sentenced to 1 year in prison September 14, 2007 article on McCready's jail sentence.
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  32. ^ "Artist Chart History - Sara Evans: Albums". Retrieved 2008-11-03. 

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