Natalie Maines was born
in Lubbock Texas October 14, 1974.. She attended Williams Elementary School in
Lubbock, was a cheerleader at O.L. Slaton Junior High School and
graduated from Lubbock High School where she was in the school
choir. She spent a year and a half at South Plains College in
Levelland Texas. Maines joined the all-female country music band,
the Dixie Chicks when she was 21 in 1995.
In 1997, Maines married
her South Plains College boyfriend, bassist Michael Tarabay, and the
couple moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Almost two years after they
married, they filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
While lead singer for the
Dixie Chicks, Maines encountered several situations of a
controversial nature. In August 2002, Maines criticized fellow
country musician Toby Keith's song "Courtesy of the Red, White and
Blue". In March 2003, Maines commented that the Dixie Chicks were
"ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas.