Signing her first record deal at just 17-years-old, Mindy McCready quickly rose to become one of the most popular country music artists during the '90s and brought with her a voice for women in an otherwise-male-centered area of music.
The blonde bombshell had been formally trained throughout most of her childhood and graduated high school early in order to pursue a career in music. Shortly after signing with BNA Records, McCready launched her debut album Ten Thousand Angels. The record would go on to become the most successful of her five studio albums.
During her peak years, McCready saw incredible success with her songs on the chart - and particularly with those that had a strong female voice and spoke of empowerment.
The young singer's 1996 single, "Guys Do It All The Time", became her biggest hit and reached the No. 1 chart position in multiple countries while another tune for the ladies, "A Girl's Gotta Do" hit No. 4.
All-in-all, Mindy McCready brought a much-needed change to the country landscape and helped further music in a way that can never be forgotten. Her later years brought on many personal struggles and her name dotted across headlines here and there. Tragically, at just 37 years old - Mindy McCready passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
For all of her triumphs and success in the face of adversity, music owes a lot to this leader - and especially in the country genre.
Below are three of the biggest hits from her career that spanned nearly two decades.
The title track of her first album and her debut single reached the No. 6 spot on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart following it's release. The song is about a woman praying for ten thousand angels to help guide her and resist a man who has a track record of breaking her heart.
Just a couple months after its release, the singer's second single from her debut album struck gold at the top of the charts and brought with it a huge wave of success. The album would go on to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA. Her song received glowing reviews from critics with Billboard's Deborah Evans Price saying McCready "delivers this song about turning the tables on men with sassy style."
The fourth and final single from her best-selling debut album, Ten Thousand Angels - this track compliments its counterparts with sharp lyrics, an empowering message, and a no-excuses take on handling a breakup.
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