1966 - Born on the 19th of August, in Jacksonville, Texas.
1997 - Her self titled debut album brought her onto the country music scene as a herald of a more neotraditional country music sound, in a genre that had begun to sound more pop-oriented with the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill and Shania Twain topping the charts.
1990 - She had settled in Nashville, where she married and became a mother. She continued to attend Belmont, as well as write songs.
1995 - The company signed her after listening to one of her original demos.
1997 - Her eponymous album was released in May, and shortly after its release, it reached the Top Ten on the country chart.
1998 - Her second album,Some Things I Know, set the tone for what the pop oriented direction of country music sought to encapsulate in the late 1990s.
2000 - Her third and possibly most successful album to date, I Hope You Dance, featured, along with the award-winning aforementioned title cut also featured the hits "Why They Call It Falling" and "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" as well as covers of the 1980 Rodney Crowell hit "Ashes By Now", and the Don Williams' 1981 classic, "Lord I Hope This Day Is Good."
2002 - Her fourth album, Something Worth Leaving Behind, was seen by many as an attempt by her to cross over to the very pop-sound of which she was the antithesis five years earlier. The title cut and "Forever Everyday" were the only two singles released. Both went into the top 40 country chart.
- Recorded a few duets that have been released as singles. Her duet with Willie Nelson, "Mendocino County Line", became his biggest hit in several years.
2004 - She worked with country band Cross Canadian Ragweed on the track "Sick and Tired". The song had moderate success and received a bit of video airplay.
2005 - Her most recent album, There's More Where That Came From features "I May Hate Myself In The Morning", the album's first single, which is viewed by many as a return to the traditional sound that brought her success in her earlier career.
2006 - She announced plans to release a new studio album in the fall, titled Finding My Way Back Home but it has been pushed back. The first single is the album's title track and debuted at #46 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart before it went for radio adds.
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