Grammy Award-nominated country starlet of the 1980s and 1990s who was named CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1982 and 1983.
She found work singing jingles while studying education at Indiana University. She moved to Nashville in 1975.
She scored seven #1 US country singles between 1981 and 1986, including "Always Have, Always Will."
She married her second husband, drummer Jeff Steele, after divorcing her first husband and former manager, Randy Jackson.
She recorded the duet "A Place to Fall Apart" with Merle Haggard in 1984; the song was a US Country #1 hit.