Remembering Mindy McCready - Friends, Fellow Musicians Reflect on Life and Career of Mindy McCready
FOX17 Entertainment Reporter Stacy McCloud broke the news of this tragedy on Facebook and Twitter. There are a lot of people on Music Row mourning Mindy's death. From those who helped sign McCready, to the guy who wrote her biggest hit, and the young lady who penned the last song the troubled country star ever sang.
"She was like 19," says studio musician and close friend of Mindy Jimmy Nichols. "This little girl with a dream came blowing into Nashville with a karaoke tape."
Before the world was introduced to Mindy McCready in the mid 90s, Nichols was her studio dad, part of the team that prepped Mindy for her big break.
"It was an amazing thing watching this cocoon become a butterfly," says Nichols.
Mindy signed to BNA, released her debut album and her career quickly took off. Kim Tribble wrote her #1 hit "Guys do it All the Time". Kim says he's honored to have a song that will help keep the lively young lady that he knew alive.
"What she had to go through in the end, rebuilding her career," says Tribble. "It's a tragic country song in itself."
For roughly a decade, McCready had career ups and downs. A whirlwind that Nichols says was just too much for the young star to handle.
"I remember saying to Mindy, don't let this business drag you down cause it will," says Nichols. "There are people that want to take you up and knock you down. Don't let them."
Nichols said Mindy wanted to re-release her hits, it just never worked out. She did get to sing one final song, written by Nashville songwriter Courtney Dashe.
"I was playing at a writer's night," says Dashe. "2 years ago. After she came up, she had tears running down her face and said that song is my life. I need to record that song."
Mindy recorded the song about hope and put it on the internet just days before her suicide. A haunting sound for not only Dashe, but for Nichols, who Mindy called, asking for help.
"She said I have to have it out by Sunday," says Nichols. "I said why? Why Sunday?"
Now Nichols knows why. He thinks it was the only way she knew how to say goodbye.
"I think that song was maybe her message, her last message," says Nichols. "So love her for the music and don't judge her for the demons that haunted her all her life."
Courtney will be joining TENNESSEE MORNINGS tomorrow to chat more and perform that song. There was also much more from Jimmy. You can find all that in the RAW NEWS section of our webpage. TONIGHT on FOX17 NEWS, others close to the country star share their beautiful words. You certainly don't want to miss.
Remembering Mindy McCready
Mindy McCready was born in Fort Myers Florida on November 30, 1970. Her given name was Malinda Gayle McCready. She began singing in church at the age of 3. When Mindy was 18, she moved to Nashville and signed with BNA Records. Her first album, "Ten Thousand Angels" , was released in 1996 and sold two million copies. She had a number one hit, Guys Do It All the Time", off that album. In her career, Mindy had 14 songs and 6 of her albums on the Billboard Country Music Charts. But in recent years, she had a number of arrests, served time in jail and lost custody of her son Zander. Her boyfriend, David Wilson, killed himself in January of 2013 in their home in Heber Springs Arkansas. Mindy's father had her committed to rehabilitation in early February 2013. He claimed Mindy had been drinking and taking prescription drugs in the wake of Wilson's death. She was reportedly released after 18 hours. Police were called to Mindy's home on February 17 2013 following reports of gunshots. Officers found her body on the front porch, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.