Singer/songwriter Matraca Berg’s background in music was established from birth as her mother and aunt both worked as session background vocalists in Music City. Instead of following that route, though, Berg wanted to make her living writing songs. She briefly gave some thought about attending law school and becoming an attorney, but that idea was soon scrapped
Matraca had made up poems and lyrics from the time she was four years old, so she felt that composing was a natural progression for her.
Berg earned her first number one hit at the age of 18 when T. G. Sheppard and Karen Brooks took her song, “Faking Love” to the top of Billboard’s country singles chart in February of 1983.
After that initial success though, reality set in and Matraca realized that songwriting wasn’t going to be as easy as she thought. So she joined a rock and roll band and left Nashville, heading for Louisiana.