As I have mentioned, I am a hopeless romantic and a sucker for love stories. I have touched on this topic in the past but I would like to delve deeper into the story of two of my favorite country music artists. Let’s start!
Faith and Daniel
Faith Hill (Audrey Faith Perry), was raised in the town of Star, just outside of Jackson, Mississippi. She came from a devout Christian household, along with her two older brothers by adoptive parents Pat and Edna Perry. Her first singing experience started out from the family’s Baptist church. On her teenage years, Hill learned to play guitar, and by age 16 she had started her own country band that played at a number of local fairs and rodeos. After graduating from high school in 1986, Hill spent a year in community college before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue her love of music.
It was in Nashville that she met Daniel Hill, a songwriter and music publishing executive and they got married. She was spotted by a talent scout from the Warner/Reprise recording company while singing back-up for Gary Burr in the Bluebird Café, a popular Nashville bar; that started it out for her. Her debut album, Take Me As I Am, was released in 1993 with immediate success. The album’s first single, “Wild One,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard country music chart and stayed there for four weeks.
Unfortunately, despite her success, life was quite a turmoil in her personal life. She started to search for her birth mother in 1990 and finally met her in 1993. After the release of her album, Hill found her marriage falling apart. She and Daniel Hill divorced in 1994.
Tim and Faith
He met Tim McGraw in 1996 for the tour Spontaneous Combustion. At the time, McGraw had recently broken an engagement to Kristine Donahue, and Hill was engaged to Scott Hendricks, a record producer who had wheeled her first two albums. Nonetheless, the fell in love and their romantic affair started.
Tim McGraw grew up with his adoptive father Horace Smith. But, when he was 11 years old, he discovered his birth certificate and saw his biological father’s surname. Surprisingly, his father was former baseball player Tug McGraw. Tug didn’t know that he knocked up 18-year-old Betty Dagostino, so he left town. When Tim was seven months old, Betty married Horace Smith, whom she told Tim was his father. Ironically, McGraw idolized Tug as a boy and he even had Tug’s baseball card taped to his bedroom wall even before he knew he was his father. Tim contacted Tug and after years of being ignored, Tug finally began to develop a relationship with his estranged son.
McGraw moved to Nashville and left college early. He began performing anywhere he could with his guitar. With his talent, it didn’t take long for him to become one of the most popular “Young Country” stars to emerge in the 1990s. After the release of his second album in 1994, McGraw quickly began to top charts and pack arenas.
While on tour with Faith Hill in Montana, he popped the question in his dressing room, which was housed in a trailer. He later reminisced about the event in an interview with People magazine: “She said, ‘I can’t believe you’re asking me to marry you in a trailer house,’ and I said, ‘Well, we’re country singers, what do you expect?’”
The happy couple married on October 6, 1996. They now have three daughters. In May 2000, Hill and McGraw launched the Soul2Soul Tour. This stands as the highest grossing country music tour ever. Both of them equally thrived in their careers as well and continue to win several awards in the Grammy’s, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and Country Music Association Awards. The two even combined to win a Grammy for Vocal Collaboration with the song Let’s Make Love.
In addition to her thriving career and family, Hill devotes a good deal of time to her charity organization, the Faith Hill Family Literacy Project, launched in 1996 with the cooperation of Warner Bros. and Time Warner.
“There’s a lot of people who can pick up a guitar and sing you a great song, but there’s very few people that can tell you how they feel. That’s the main purpose of acting or doing an opera or painting or anything. It’s to tell somebody how you feel and more importantly, tell them how they feel.”—Tim McGraw
Awww~ I can’t help but gush about the love story of Tim and Faith. I think that things just happened according to destiny. They were probably both at the right time and the right moment to make good music and be successful together.