Gretchen Wilson is known as the 'Redneck Woman' of country music. However, those years building up to her life and career now didn't just happen overnight.

"I was singing Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn songs in their entirety before I was speaking intelligible sentences," Wilson tells Nashville based newspaper The Tennessean.

Not long after she began belting out songs in her younger years, Wilson began dabbling in another area of entertainment: stand-up comedy!

"I used to stand up and do comedy routines that I'd heard like Eddie Murphy and stuff," she reveals. "I know it's crazy to think they would allow me to speak like that, but we were kind of redneck hillbillies!"

Wilson eventually moved from Southern Illinois to Nashville when she was 25-years-old to pursue life as a country music singer. All the hard work has paid off for the singer-songwriter who has charted 13 singles, including five Top 10 hits.

Her latest album, 'I've Got Your Country Right Here,' was released on her independent label, Redneck Records in 2009. The album has already spawned a Grammy-nominated track, 'I'd Love to Be Your Last.'