[Lubbock, Texas] The Civic Lubbock, Inc. Board is pleased to announce two upcoming inductions into the West Texas Walk of Fame. The honorees are: Jo Harvey Allen and Natalie Maines. The induction ceremony will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 17 in the Lubbock High School Auditorium located at 2004 19th Street.
Natalie Maines, singer-songwriter and musician, was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. She is the daughter of musician, country music producer and past Walk of Fame inductee Lloyd Maines and his wife, Tina. Natalie attended school at Iles Elementary, O.L. Slaton Junior High School, and graduated in 1992 from Lubbock High School where she had participated in the school choir. Following high school, Natalie attended West Texas State, South Plains College, Texas Tech and went to Berklee School of Music on a vocal scholarship.
Natalie’s first professional recording was at eleven years old for Dave Hickey. Dave paid her $20.00 to sing like a baby Vampire. In late 1995, at age 21, Natalie was recruited to join the all-female band, The Dixie Chicks, as the lead vocalist.
The band became a multi-platinum selling act in North America, Europe and Australia, selling more than $100 million in ticket sales. They are one of a mere handful of acts with multiple albums achieving “diamond” status (sales over 10 million copies) – both Wide Open Spaces and FLY hit that stratospheric landmark. The Dixie Chicks have sold over 40 million CD’s and are the biggest selling female band of all time in the United States.
Maines co-wrote four tracks for the Dixie Chicks’ first three albums, including the Billboard Hot Country Singles number one hit “Without You” on Fly. She was the primary songwriter on all 14 tracks of the band’s 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, which peaked on the Billboard Top 200 Chart at No. 1.
Over the years, the Dixie Chicks earned numerous awards for their music, including ten (10) Country Music Association awards and thirteen (13) Grammy awards.
Natalie has collaborated with other musical artists, both as a member of the Dixie Chicks and an individual singer. Those artists include Sheryl Crow, Pat Green, Charlie Robinson, Yellowcard, Stevie Nicks, Patty Griffin, Neil Diamond, Eddie Vedder, Pete Yorn, Robert Earl Keen, and Ben Harper.
In May of 2013, Natalie released her solo album, Mother. In 2016, the Dixie Chicks will be doing some touring in Europe to celebrate their 20th Anniversary together.