Mindy McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records.
In 1996, her "Guys Do It All the Time" hit No. 1, and helped her album, "Ten Thousand Angels," achieve 2 million sales.
However, personal problems plagued her beginning in 2004 and included a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons.
She died Feb. 17, 2013 at age 37.
Country singer Mindy McCready in 1996 at the age of 20
Mindy McCready's "I'm Still Here" CD cover image.
Country singer Mindy McCready reacts as she testifies in Davidson County General Sessions court as part of a preliminary hearing for William McKnight, 38, her former boyfriend, who is charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary in Nashville, Tenn. (May 12, 2005)
Country musician Mindy McCready sits with her stepfather Michael Inge as they listen to her attorney file a motion to withdraw her guilty plea regarding a probation violation based upon new evidence during her sentencing hearing in Franklin, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2006)
Country musician Mindy McCready, left, leaves the Williamson County circuit court after a motion to withdraw her guilty plea in a probation violation based upon new evidence was accepted during her sentencing hearing in Franklin, Tenn. (Aug. 22, 2006)
A photo released by the Lee County, Fla., sheriff's office shows country singer Mindy McCready after she was charged with battery and resisting arrest. (July 21, 2007)
Country music artist Mindy McCready performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. (June 5, 2008)
Country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2008)
Country singer Mindy McCready performs at a Nashville Broncs basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 14, 2008)