Kathy Mattea (1959- ) a country music star, was born in South Charleston and grew up in Cross Lanes. She graduated from Nitro High School and attended West Virginia University. While in college, she joined the bluegrass band Pennsboro and two years later dropped out of school to move to Nashville. She signed a record deal in 1983 with Mercury Records and released her self-titled debut album in 1984. She has since recorded seventeen albums, has had more than thirty singles on the Billboard charts and received several prestigious music awards. Her Country Music Awards include: 1988 Top Single of the Year, 1989 Top Female Vocalist, 1990 Top Female Vocalist, and 1997 Music Video of the Year. Her Grammy awards include: 1991 Best Country Vocal Performance By a Female and 1994 Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album. In 2011, she was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.