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Faith Hill

Faith Hill

Faith Hill Audrey Faith Perry, later known as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi), is a successful American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her much-publicized marriage to country singer Tim McGraw.

Early Life

Hill was raised in Star, Mississippi and began singing at a very early age. After graduating high school, Hill went to college briefly before dropping out and moving to Nashville in an attempt at starting a singing career.

Hill is adopted and met her biological mother in the early 1990s. She was married to a music executive named Dan Hill (not to be confused with 1970s singer/songwriter Dan Hill, who is best known for the pop hit, "Sometimes When We Touch") from 1988 to 1994. Working as a secretary in a music publishing company, Hill's singing was noticed as she sang to herself one day. She soon signed to Warner Brothers Records.

Faith Hill

Country Success

Hill's debut album was Take Me As I Am (1993); sales were strong, buoyed by the chart success of "Wild One". A version of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart", also went to the top of the country charts. She was delayed in the recording of her second album by surgery on her vocal cords. It Matters to Me finally appeared in 1995 and was another success, with the title track becoming her fourth #1 country single. Hill began seeing country singer Tim McGraw. When he proposed marriage to her in one of his tour trailers, he had to go perform right then, so she took a permanent marker and wrote her answer on the mirror. Hill began touring with McGraw and married him on October 6, 1996. They have three daughters together: Gracie Katherine (b. 1997), Maggie Elizabeth (b. 1998) and Audrey Caroline (b. 2001).

Pop Crossover

Hill's 1998 album, Faith, moved her closer towards a mainstream, pop-oriented sound, which lost her many of her long-time fans. "This Kiss" became a #1 country hit, and went to #7 on the pop charts.

Hill's fame grew rapidly as she signed an endorsement deal with CoverGirl makeup and released Breathe, an even more successful pop hit that became one of the biggest albums of 2000. The title track "Breathe" was the #1 pop airplay song that year and has become Hill's signature song; especially notable is the power and control she shows in her lower register during the song. "The Way You Love Me" hit the top ten as well (#7), and becoming one of the longest running singles in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 (57 weeks). The album won Hill three Grammy Awards including Best Country Album.

By the holidays she had contributed "Where Are You Christmas?" to the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas; this gospel-flavored song became very popular on the all-Christmas-all-the-time holiday formats that American radio stations adopted in the 2000s. The following summer she recorded the Diane Warren penned "There You'll Be" for the Pearl Harbor soundtrack. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Hill showed her gospel colorings again when she performed "There Will Come a Day" on the America: A Tribute to Heroes benefit telethon. At the end of 2001, Faith released her first collection called "There You'll Be" which reached top 30 of the Italian album chart and #3 on the UK album chart selling nearly 1 million copies worldwide.

Faith Hill

In 2002, Hill released Cry. Though the album debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine's pop and country album charts, its singles (including the title track, written and originally performed by Angie Aparo) received much less radio airplay than her previous smashes. In fact, country radio pretty much ignored the songs, considering them "too pop". The album did win one Grammy Award and has sold nearly 3 million copies worldwide.

In the summer of 2004, Hill co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick in director Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives.

She references this sojourn in Hollywood as well as the chilly reception of Cry in the 2005 country release "Mississippi Girl", the first single from her back-to-roots album Fireflies. It worked, as the song restored her to the top of the country charts. "Mississippi Girl" is her 8th song to have reached #1. She performed this song along with "Breathe" and "Piece of My Heart" at the Live 8 concert in Rome on July 2, 2005, where McGraw also performed. The second single, "Like We Never Loved At All", featured a duet with McGraw and reached the top five of the country chart, as well as winning the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. A third single called "The Lucky One" has been released on February 2006. The album "Fireflies" has sold more than 2 million copies in the US and has been certified Double Platinum on January 2006.

On the same month, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw decided to reprise their Soul2Soul Tour. The co-headlining arena tour, dubbed Soul2Soul II Tour 2006, will begin April 21 and will run through Labor Day, with a total of about 70 dates in the works.

Faith Hill

In late March 2006, Faith Hill was spotted in New Jersey filming a video for the song "Stealing Kisses," included on her Fireflies album. This suggests that this song will be her new single.

Studio Albums:
Take Me As I Am (1993) #59 US (3X Platinum)
It Matters to Me (1995) #29 US (4X Platinum)
Faith (1998) #7 US (6X Platinum)
Breathe (1999) #1 US (8X Platinum), #19 UK
Cry (2002) #1 US (2X Platinum), #29 UK
Fireflies (2005) #1 US (2X Platinum)

Compilation Albums:

There You'll Be (2001) #6 UK

Faith Hill Picture Gallery

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