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.
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
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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)
There You'll Be (2001) #6 UK
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