Lee Ann Womack
Lee Ann Womack, was born Aug. 19, 1966, in Jacksonville, Texas. She was influenced by Bob Wills, Ray Price, and Glen Campbell from her deejay father's collection. She reinforced those sounds by regularly listening to the music of the Grand Ole Opry beaming from her radio.
Initially, Womack studied music at South Plains Junior College in Levelland, Texas. It was there she joined the band Country Caravan and toured throughout the Southwest and Southern California. Subsequently, she enrolled in Nashville's Belmont University, where she studied in the school's music business program. As part of her studies, she worked as an intern in the A&R department at MCA Records. In 1990, Womack moved to Nashville permanently, showcasing around town and singing demos for songwriters. She concentrated on her own songwriting and signed to Tree Publishing in 1995. A year later, she signed as an artist with Decca Records, the legendary label of Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Webb Pierce, and Loretta Lynn.
In 1997, Womack's first single, "Never Again, Again," stunned radio programmers with its traditional country sound. Later, she rose to the No. 2 spot four times with singles including "The Fool," "You've Got to Talk to Me," "A Little Past Little Rock," and "I'll Think of a Reason Later." When Decca shuttered, Womack moved to MCA Nashville.
"I Hope You Dance," her biggest hit to date, spent five weeks at No. 1 and crossed over to the pop and adult contemporary charts. On the heels of the song's success, Womack picked up the Country Music Association's (CMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 2001 as well as the Song and Single of the Year Award. The corresponding album is multi-platinum.
She released her 2002 follow-up Something Worth Leaving Behind and a big band-inspired Christmas album entitled A Season for Romance. Her collaboration with fellow Texan Willie Nelson, "Mendocino County Line," won a Grammy® and a CMA award in 2002.
In 2005, she returned to traditional country music with There's More Where That Came From. The album, which resonated with the honest country sounds and lyrics of her debut album, won the CMA Album of the Year Award. She also won the Single of the Year Award for "I May Hate Myself in the Morning." Back at home in her traditional country sound, Womack issued Call Me Crazy in 2008 on the heels of her hit single "Last Call."
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