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Natalie Maines

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Natalie Louise Maines Pasdaris is an American singer-songwriter who achieved success as the lead vocalist for the female alternative country band, the Dixie Chicks.

In 1995, after leaving the Berklee College of Music, Maines was recruited by the Dixie Chicks to replace their lead singer, Laura Lynch. With Maines as lead vocalist, the band earned 10 Country Music Association Awards and 13 Grammy Awards for their work between 1998 and 2007.

The Dixie Chicks are one of the biggest-selling female group in history, having sold more than 30 million albums.  Their first album, “Wide Open Spaces,” is the highest-selling album in history by a country music group and is among the top-100 selling albums of all time. They have won twelve Grammy Awards and more than four dozen other major awards. Each of their three albums has won the Grammy for Best Country Album of the Year. They are one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums achieving "diamond" status (meaning sales over 10 million copies) - both WIDE OPEN SPACES (1998) and FLY (1999) hit that stratospheric landmark. Their most recent album, Taking The Long Way debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart. The Dixie Chicks are the first female group in chart history to have three albums debut at #1. 

Having sold more than $100 million worth of concert tickets during their career, the Dixie Chicks are one of the most popular live acts in history. The Dixie Chicks ended 2006 with the success of their “Accidents and Accusations” world tour. They made music history at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony when they became the first female group ever to take home the big three top Grammy honors: Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Album Of The Year (for Taking The Long Way). They also won Grammy awards for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Country Album.

The Dixie Chicks – Martie Maguire, Emily Robison and lead singer Natalie Maines – took a hiatus following their 2006 Grammy wins but regrouped in June 2010 for the first time in four years to tour with The Eagles.