Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Ind., and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar.
Fricke began her career singing in a "little church up the road" where her mother played piano. She sang her way through college where she obtained her degree from Indiana University in elementary education. Fricke then chose a musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Her voice led her to singing sessions for country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and others.
Fricke soon began to dominate the country charts with smash hits such as "Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby," "He's a Heartache," and "Your Heart's Not In It." Among the awards are Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Music City News Female Vocalist of the Year, Billboard's Top Country Female Vocalist, Cash Bed Top Country Female Vocalist, Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, and British-based Country Music Round Up's Most Popular International Female Solo Act. She also was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's Walkway of Stars. In addition to two Grammy® nominations, she has released 23 albums and 36 hit singles.
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