As a young woman, she hunted game and chopped wood, doing anything in her power to help support her struggling family.
Her 2002 album, Up!, sold over twenty million copies worldwide, and she is sometimes referred to as The Queen of Country Pop.
She married Robert John Lange on December 28, 1993 and, after their divorce on June 9, 2010, she married Frederic Nicolas Thiebaud on January 1, 2011. She had a son named Eja with Lange.
She covered "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" by Willie Nelson in 1976.