Music[ edit ] Born Malinda Gayle McCready in Fort Myers, Florida , McCready began singing in her local Pentecostal church at age three,  and graduated from high school at the age of 16 with the intention of beginning her music career early.
Her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels , was released in and sold two million copies. The album produced four chart singles on the country charts: The album was a commercial failure, selling , copies. Soon after, McCready's record company dropped her. McCready was then signed by Capitol Records. She released her self-titled album with Capitol in to disappointing sales and was dropped by Capitol later that year.
She also announced that she had been working on a documentary, a new album, and a reality show. On May 8, , McKnight was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her.
She was hospitalized for a drug overdose after consuming a large amount of undisclosed drugs with alcohol. In September , while she was pregnant with McKnight's child, she attempted suicide again by overdosing on antidepressants. The Cleburne County, Arkansas, sheriff's department has opened an investigation into Wilson's death. Clemens' attorney admitted that a relationship existed but described McCready as a "close family friend.
She stated that their relationship lasted for more than a decade, ending when Clemens refused to leave his wife to marry McCready. However, she denied that she was 15 when it began; she said they met when she was 16 and the relationship became sexual only "several years later. She was also charged with not reporting to her probation officer during the month of July. She faced a hearing later that year on charges of violating her probation on a drug charge by failing to check in with her probation officer and leaving the state without permission to go to Florida.
In addition to the jail time, she was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform additional hours of community service. She was released from jail in December. McCready was found dead on her front porch from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the same place where David Wilson, her former boyfriend and the father of her younger son, had fatally shot himself one month prior.