|Born||Weirton, West Virginia|
|Associated acts||Patty Loveless|
Staley was raised in Georgetown, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and was inspired to write songs after reading through the hymnals at her local church. She continued to do so while at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She took a job at a children's home, before moving to Los Angeles, California to sign with a contemporary Christian music label which went out of business before she could release anything.
After winning a talent competition put on by the Wheeling Jamboree, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she wrote three songs on Patty Loveless's self-titled debut album. She signed to MCA Records in 1989, releasing the album Wildest Dreams, which produced two low-charting singles.
|1988||"So Good to Be in Love"||86||Wildest Dreams|
|1989||"Now and Then"||87|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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