Guys Do It All the Time
Country music singer Mindy McCready achieved success with her debut album “Ten Thousand Angels” (1996), which went 2X platinum in the U.S. It spawned the No. 1 country hit single “Guys Do It All the Time” and the Top 10 country hits “Ten Thousand Angels” and “A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do).” Her second album, “If I Don't Stay the Night” (1997), received gold certification. After the less successful “I'm Not So Tough” (1999), she parted ways with BNA Records and moved to Capitol Records. Her partnership with Capitol resulted in a self titled album in 2002, but they separated later that same year. After eight years, McCready released the album “I'm Still Here” in 2010 on the Canadian label Linus Entertainment.
McCready has been involved in a series of legal problems. In August 2004, she was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription. She was fined $4,000, sentenced to three years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. In May 2005, while on probation, she was arrested after speeding and charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. She was found guilty on the latter charges. In August, an arrest notice for McCready was issued for violating her probation when she left Tennessee without permission. On July 21, 2007, she was arrested in Florida and charged with battery and resisting arrest. She was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation in September 2007 and released in December. In June 2008, she was again arrested in Tennessee for violating the terms of her probation set in September 2007. She began a 60 day jail sentence on September 30, 2008. Because of good behavior, she was released on October 31, 2008.
McCready was once engaged to actor Dean Cain (born July 31, 1966). She was also romantically linked to former NHL hockey player Drake Berehowsky (born January 3, 1972). She broke up with boyfriend Billy McKnight because of his abusive behavior. In May 2005, McKnight was arrested and accused of attempted murder after beating and choking her. Two months later, McCready was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, following an attempted suicide. Still in July, she was hospitalized for a drug overdose and attempted suicide for a second time by overdosing on antidepressants in September. McCready later revealed that the attempts came after learning she was pregnant with McKnight's baby. The baby was born on March 25, 2006. In December 2008, McCready was rushed to hospital after an apparent suicide attempt when she cut her wrists.
McCready's personal life has also been connected to baseball star Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962). In April 2010, a pornographic video tape of McCready and a former boyfriend referred to as Peter went on sale by Vivid Entertainment. She said the video was stolen from her home.
Childhood and Family:
Melinda Gayle McCready, professionally known as Mindy McCready, was born on November 30, 1975, in Fort Meyers, Florida. She went to school in southern Florida. She began singing in church at age 3 and six years later began her seven years of formal opera training. In 1992, at age 16, she graduated from high school with honors and hoped to launch a singing career early. After taking a part time job at her mother's ambulance company, she went to Nashville to pursue her ambitions.
On March 25, 2006, Mandy gave birth to a son, Zander Ryan McCready. She enjoys fishing in the Everglades, scuba diving, snow skiing, tennis, football and baseball. Her favorite charity is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Ten Thousand Angels
Mindy McCready left Florida for Nashville at age 18 to try her hand in the country music industry. While there, she encountered producer and songwriter Norro Wilson, who helped send her demo tape to producer David Malloy. Mallow was interested in her after hearing the tapes and they spent the next year improving McCready's style and making a new demo. She eventually signed a record contract with BNA Records, a label of Sony Music Entertainment.
Recorded in 1995, McCready's debut album “Ten Thousand Angels” was launched on April 30, 1996, with Malloy serving as the producer. It received positive reviews and made the Top 10 on the U.S. Country charts by peaking at No. 5. The album also went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers and No. 40 on the Billboard 200. It eventually achieved double platinum certification. In Canada, the album topped the Country Albums chart and peaked at No. 93 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The title track was released as the first single from the album in 1996. The song rose to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks and also charted on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks at No. 13. The second single, “Guys Do It All the Time,” became a No.1 country hit in the United States and Canada. The song also went to No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single, “Maybe He'll Notice Her Now,” (with Richie McDonald) went to No. 18 on the U.S. Country chart and No. 11 on the Canadian Country chart. The fourth and last single, “A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do),” (1997) charted at No. 4 on the U.S. and Canadian Country charts and No. 5 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100. The first three songs were accompanied with music videos, all of which were directed by Jim Hershleder.
The sophomore effort, “If I Don't Stay the Night,” followed on November 4, 1997. The album peaked at No. 12 on the U.S. and Canada Country Albums charts and No. 83 on the Billboard 200. It was certified gold by RIAA. “If I Don't Stay the Night” contained the country singles “What If I Do” (1997, #26), “You'll Never Know” (1998, #19) and “The Other Side of This Kiss” (1998, #41). The song “Oh Romeo” (1998) peaked at No. 41 on the U.K. Singles Chart.
McCready parted ways with David Malloy and teamed up with producers Csaba Petocz and Billy Joe Walker, Jr. for her third studio album, “I'm Not So Tough.” Released on September 14, 1999, the album rose to No. 17 on the U.S. Country chart and No. 13 in the Canadian Country chart, but was financially unsuccessful and the singer was released by BNA Records. Released on October 12, 1999, the compilation album “CMT Girls' Night Out” became her last release with the company. The album rose to No. 30 on the U.S. Country chart.
McCready found a new home with Capitol Nashville and released an eponymous album with Capitol on March 26, 2002. The album peaked at No. 29 on the U.S. Country charts and generated the singles “Scream” (#46), “Maybe, Maybe Not” (#49) and “Lips Like Yours.” Because of the poor sales from the album, she was dropped by Capitol later that year.
In 2008, McCready released a single titled “I'm Still Here” through her official website. Her fifth studio album of the same name was launched on March 23, 2010, under the Canadian label Linus Entertainment. The album earned critical praise from music critics and peaked at No. 71 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. The track “I Want a Man” was released as the second single from the album in 2010. Meanwhile, in 2009, McCready appeared as a guest artist on the song “Sweater” for her ex-companion Billy McKnight’s self titled album.