Mindy McCready

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Mindy McCready
Birth name Malinda Gayle McCready
Born (1975-11-30) November 30, 1975 (age 36)
OriginFort Myers, Florida, USA
Occupations Singer
Years active 1995–present
LabelsBNA, Capitol Nashville, Iconic
Associated actsRichie McDonald, George Strait, Lorrie Morgan
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Mindy McCready
Birth name Malinda Gayle McCready
Born (1975-11-30) November 30, 1975 (age 36)
OriginFort Myers, Florida, USA
Occupations Singer
Years active 1995–present
LabelsBNA, Capitol Nashville, Iconic
Associated actsRichie McDonald, George Strait, Lorrie Morgan

Malinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready (born November 30, 1975) is an American country music singer. Active since 1995, she has recorded a total of five 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 less successful, and she left the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records.

Overall, McCready's four studio albums have accounted for 12 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. McCready's critically acclaimed fifth studio album, I'm Still Here, was released in March 2010 on Iconic Records and is available on Amazon & iTunes. McCready has sold over 3 million albums according to the RIAA.



Born Malinda Gayle McCready in Fort Myers, Florida, McCready began singing in church at age 3, and 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 No. 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 No. 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.[4]

McCready's critically acclaimed fifth album, I'm Still Here, was released in March 2010.[5]

In June 2009, McCready signed on to appear on the reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.[6]

In the summer of 2011 Mindy appeared on Celebrity Close Calls & Celebrity Ghost Stories. McCready also appeared on 20/20 in December 2011 talking about Zander, producer boyfriend David Wilson and new music.

Personal life

In 1997, McCready became engaged to actor Dean Cain.[7] The couple broke up the following year.[8]

McCready also dated former NHL hockey player Drake Berehowsky.[9]

In May 2005, McCready's ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her.[3][10] After reporting to People magazine that she had cut ties with her abuser, McCready was found unconscious the following July, 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.[11] That September, when she was pregnant with McKnight's child, she attempted suicide again by overdosing on antidepressants.[12]

On March 25, 2006, McCready gave birth to a son, Zander Ryan McCready.[13]

On December 17, 2008, paramedics were called to McCready's Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists.[14]

McCready appeared in the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which aired in January and February 2010 and depicting her struggle with substance addiction.[15] She later discussed her recovery and possible studio work with Todd Gaither on a March 2010 episode of The View.

On May 25, 2010, McCready was hospitalized in Cape Coral, Florida for a possible drug overdose; she may have had a reaction to Darvocet her mother had given her.[16] She was released later that day and returned home.[17]

On April 9, 2012, McCready gave birth to her second child, a son named Zayne.[18]

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.[19]

Clemens' attorney Rusty Hardin denied the affair, stating that Clemens would bring 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.[19] Clemens issued a statement saying only that "I have made mistakes in my personal life for which I am sorry."[20] McCready described the relationship as being sexual in nature.[21]

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, ending when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready. However, she denied that she was 15 when it began; she said they met when she was 16 and the relationship only became sexual "several years later".[22]

Sex tape

A pornographic videotape of McCready and an ex-boyfriend referred to as "Peter"[23] went on sale by Vivid Entertainment on April 19, 2010.[24] McCready has claimed the video was stolen from her home three years ago.[25][not in citation given]

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.[26][27]

In May 2005, she was stopped by Nashville police for speeding, then arrested and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.[28] A jury later found her not guilty on the charges of DUI, but guilty of driving with a suspended license.[29] That July, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution.[30]

An arrest warrant was issued for her the following month for violation of her probation when she left Tennessee without her probation officer's permission. She was also charged with not reporting to her probation officer during the month of July.[31] She was finally arrested in Florida and returned to Tennessee. She 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.[32]

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.[33] The following week, she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation.[34] 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.[35]

In June 2008, McCready was arrested in Tennessee for violating the terms of her probation set in September 2007.[36] Sentenced to 60 days in jail, McCready turned herself in on September 30, 2008.[37] After serving half of her sentence, she was released early for good behavior on October 31, 2008.[38]


Mindy McCready discography
Studio albums 5
Singles 15
Music videos 8
No.1 Single 1

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions[39] Certifications
(sales threshold)
US CountryUSCAN CountryCAN
Ten Thousand Angels 5 40 1 93
  • US: 2× Platinum
If I Don't Stay the Night
  • Release date: November 4, 1997
  • Label: BNA Records
12 83 12
  • US: Gold
I'm Not So Tough
  • Released: September 14, 1999
  • Label: BNA Records
17 155 13
Mindy McCready 29 *
I'm Still Here 71 *
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Compilation and specialty albums

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


Year Single Peak chart positions[2] Album
US CountryUSCAN CountryUK
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" *
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions
  • A^ "One in a Million" is only on the international version of I'm Not So Tough.

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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