Lynn Rene Anderson (born September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota) is an American country music singer and equestrian, best known for her Grammy Award-winning, worldwide mega-hit, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden.” Helped by her regular exposure on national television, Anderson was one of the most popular and successful female country singers of the 1970s. In addition to being named “Top Female Vocalist” by the Academy of Country Music (twice) and “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she has scored 11 #1, 18 Top 10, and over 50 Top 40 hits. She was the first female country artist to win an American Music Award in 1974, as well as the first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden that same year. Anderson was named Billboards “Artist of the Decade” (1970–1980).
Anderson debuted in 1966, at the age of 19, and had her first major hit with Ride, Ride, Ride. After a series of Top 10 hit singles on the country charts during the later half of the 1960s, Anderson went on to sign with Columbia Records in 1970. Under Columbia, she had her most successful string of hits. Her signature song, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden”, was and remains one of the most successful country crossover hits of all time. The song even made it to #3 on the Billboard Pop Chart and was later ranked #83 on CMT’s “100 Greatest Songs in Country Music History.”