Country star Gretchen Wilson is a mom first

In country star Gretchen Wilson‘s new memoir, Redneck Woman: Stories from My Life

, she shares some of her most memorable moments, including the life changing birth of her daughter, Grace Frances, with ex-boyfriend Mike Penner.

"The bottom line is, Grace is my life and music is my talent and passion. … I’m a mom first, a singer second," she says in her book.

Gretchen also reflects on how she felt the moment she found out she was pregnant.

"Initially, I felt downright miserable," she says. "I saw myself as fat and ugly and pregnant. At the same time, I started feeling that my dream that lead me to Nashville was slowly slipping away."

After speaking with loved ones who provided her with encouraging words, the singer felt much better. And of course the moment she saw her daughter, Gretchen says her ecstasy outweighed any doubts she may have had.

Source: AOL News and Yahoo! News

Thanks to CBB Reader Mary Beth and Heartbreaker.

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