By now we all know about the sad end to the life of Mindy McReady, the embattled country singer who took her own life on her front porch on Sunday, according to Cleburne County, Arkansas officials. McCready was 37 years old, and the mother two young sons.
Earlier in January, McCready's boyfriend, David Wilson, who was the father of her youngest son Zayne, was also found dead on the same porch. That death was investigated as an apparent suicide.
McCready's tale of drug abuse, jail time, parole violations, the mug shots, rehab stints, and then there was the New York Daily News report stating that her and baseball star Roger Clemens had an extramarital relationship when the singer was only 15. The two denied having a sexual fling while she was underage.
As her life spiraled out of control and further from music, many forgot just why she was famous in the first place.
Florida native McCready was a part of a late '90s boom of new-school female country singers, along with Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and the Dixie Chicks, though she never reached the heights that the others would, even after five albums.
Salad days singles like the number one hit "Guys Do It All the Time", "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" hovered at the top of the country singles charts, but she never got over that hurdle that made her mainstream. Her best-selling album is still 1996's Ten Thousand Angels.
She definitely had the blonde locks and sultry looks that would have helped sell records, and it was a shame to see her decline from a fresh-faced country girl into a weathered and tired woman who looked older beyond her years.
At one point she was engaged to actor Dean Cain, but the relationship fizzled after a year. In 2010 a sex tape of McCready and an unnamed boyfriend was leaked and sold to Vivid Entertainment. There was no indication of when it was recorded.
McCready's last album, 2010's I'm Still Here, showcased her huskier voice that she had acquired with the hard living, and as you can tell by the title, was very much a declaration of survival. She would write three of the eleven cuts, but the album was still overcome with melancholy that made it a tough sell.
Here are McCready's biggest singles and music videos collected.
"Ten Thousand Angels"
"Guys Do It All the Time"
"Maybe He'll Notice Her Now"
"You'll Never Know"
"All I Want Is Everything"
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