Tim McGraw
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Tim McGraw
Tim Mgraw is an American country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US, making him the eighth best-selling artist, and the third best-selling country singer, in the Soundscan era. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at Number One on the Billboard albums charts.
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Tim McGraw talks faith, forgiveness and 'The Shack'
Fox News - 18 days
Country singer stars in new movie
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Film Clip: 'The Shack'
Wall Street Journal - 27 days
Watch a film clip from "The Shack," starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw. Photo: Lionsgate
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Live & Dangerous: Holidays 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
The holidays are upon us! And what better way to end the year than with family, friends, and some great live music. Here are our recommendations for three end-of-year shows, featuring some exciting emerging acts that are sure to be the talk of 2017. WHO: Maren Morris WHEN: February 2nd, The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY WHY: You might not have heard of Maren Morris yet, but the rising young country singer/songwriter is on track to become a household name next year. The surprise Grammy nominee for this year's Best New Artist has been a well-known figure in Nashville writing circles for years, having penned hits for country superstars like Kelly Clarkson and Tim McGraw. And now she's writing music for herself, making her major label debut in June (which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200), followed by a high profile tour with Keith Urban. Morris most recently brought her pop-friendly brand of country to the SNL stage, making her the only country artist to play the show this seaso ...
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Carrie Underwood Went Skydiving And She's Got Epic Photos To Prove It
Huffington Post - 4 months
We had no idea Carrie Underwood was such a daredevil!  Over the weekend, the country music star went skydiving while down under in Sydney, Australia. She was joined by a group of friends, including hairstylist Melissa Schleicher.  Before the “American Idol” alumna jumped out of a plane at 14,000 feet, she shared a video with her fans on Instagram, asking them to guess what she was about to do. In the clip, Underwood and her friends sang along to Tim McGraw’s “Live Live You Were Dying,” Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”  What are we doing today? A video posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Dec 10, 2016 at 5:35pm PST After jumping out of the aircraft, Underwood and Schleicher reflected on the experience, with the “Before He Cheats” singer admitting, “I didn’t cry at all.”  That just happened! Yup! BooYah! A video posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Dec 10, 2016 at 7:13p ...
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 4 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Carrie Underwood And Brad Paisley Call Out The Election That Never Seems To End At CMAs
Huffington Post - 5 months
It’s hard to believe the election is less than a week away, especially when Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley remind us just how long this presidential process has been.   During their opening monologue at the 50th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, the show’s hosts poked fun at certain moments from the last few weeks of debates, singing a little jingle calling out the election for “taking forever ... and ever.” They crooned: “The race is on, it’s on every single channel and it’s making my head spin. We’re so freakin’ sick of politics, we don’t even care who wins. Hey, won’t it be refreshing instead of the election to watch us all singing up here? Can you believe a bunch of hillbilly singers been doing this for 50 years?”  The pair, who have been hosting the CMAs for nine consecutive years, brought on more laughs when they did a segment on the nominees for Entertainer of the Year. Paisley, imitating Trump during the debates, hovered over his sidekick and dubbed her “cr ...
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'The Voice' Recap: Blake Makes A Game-Changing Steal & Saves A Major Star - Hollywood Life
Google News - 5 months
'The Voice' Recap: Blake Makes A Game-Changing Steal & Saves A Major Star Hollywood Life The Blinds and Battles are over and it's time for the Knockout Rounds on Season 11 of 'The Voice.' Tim McGraw and Faith Hill join the coaches as key advisers, and with a night of great performances, more tough eliminations had to be made on the Oct. 24 ... and more »
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Standing on Her Own: Lori McKenna
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Brian D'Ambrosio Lori McKenna has long been one of the more interesting singer-songwriters working on the periphery of the nationalized regulator of mainstream music, with each of her ten albums reflecting a separate creative point. Her newest album, The Bird and The Rifle, feels surprisingly liberated given the burden of the subject matter: domestic incongruity, parental apprehensions, as well as other widespread feelings of individual human pining. Indeed, the entire offering is eloquent and affecting, a sweet taste of self-reconciliation, something you feel in your abdomen. "The whole thing has been such a pleasure from start to finish and my only question after it was done was whether or not I was involved in it. That's because I didn't set out to do it this way and I felt very comfortable in the environment and manner (producer Dave Cobb) records. It's done in trust mode. No second guessing or over-thinking, creating this vibe that's relaxed. I was plugged into his wo ...
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Garth, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw added to CMA Awards
Yahoo News - 5 months
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The list of performances at the 50th annual Country Music Association Awards keeps growing.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Celebrate 20th Anniversary
ABC News - 6 months
The duo look back at how it all got started.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announce joint 2017 Soul2Soul world tour
Fox News - 6 months
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will tour together in 2017.
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Tim McGraw on Faith Hill: "She is extraordinary"
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400 Students Surprise Teacher Battling Cancer With Sweet Serenade
Huffington Post - 7 months
Students at a high school in Nashville, Tennessee, are teaching thousands how to be more benevolent. On Sept. 7, more than 400 students and faculty members from Christ Presbyterian Academy gathered outside the home of Ben Ellis, a teacher who is battling an aggressive form of cancer, and sang to him, ABC News reports. On Sept. 10, country music star, Tim McGraw, posted a video of the sweet serenade to his Facebook page, where it garnered over 800,000 likes and 400,000 shares. It was amazing. In that moment, it felt like I was not alone. “Wow. It was amazing,” Ellis told News 2, an ABC affiliate in Nashville. “In that moment, it felt like I was not alone.” Ellis, who has taught Latin and Bible at Christ Presbyterian since 2008, has a reputation for being influential among its students, who range from pre-K to 12th grade. “He’ll stop you in the middle of the hallway and check on how you’re doing,” Land Teller, a senior at the school, told News ...
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Taylor Swift’s Curly Hair Has Everybody Thinking She’s Returning To Her Country Roots
Huffington Post - 8 months
Taylor Swift went back to December curly hair, and her fans are taking note.  The singer showed up to a party in the Hamptons over the weekend with ringlets from her “Tim McGraw” days. She then sported the natural, wavy ‘do while out and about in New York City on Monday. Since Swift began dating actor Tom Hiddleston, it appears she’s ditched her platinum locks and edgy style, gradually returning to her pre-pop looks.  Now, some are speculating that Swift’s new look means she’s either trying to revamp her image after her feud with Kimye or that she’s going back to her country roots. Both theories make sense.  Though Swift escaped the Kimye Snapchat spectacle with a favorable rating, a new look might help people forget that she a) approved Kanye’s lyric in “Famous” and b) publicly denied doing so. The curls are a good PR tactic (Look! We’re already talking about them!) for the singer, who knows how to make the most out of a good photo opportunity.  Swift’s curly locks could ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tim McGraw
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In 2015, Forbes estimated McGraw's annual income at $38 million.
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    On August 10, 2015, McGraw released a new single to digital retailers, titled "Top of the World", which was later released to radio on August 17, 2015 as the lead single to his third studio album for Big Machine Records.
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    Gracie appears on "Here Tonight", the first track on McGraw's 2015 album Damn Country Music.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    McGraw released a single titled "Lookin' for That Girl" in January 2014 as the lead-off single to his second album for Big Machine.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed immediately by the announcement of the Sundown Heaven Town Tour. The album, titled Sundown Heaven Town, was released on September 16, 2014. Four months into its run, "Lookin' for That Girl" was withdrawn as a single and replaced with "Meanwhile Back at Mama's", which features backing vocals from Hill. "Shotgun Rider" became the album's third single and a number 1 Country Airplay hit by the end of 2014. Following it was "Diamond Rings and Old Barstools", a duet with Catherine Dunn. McGraw's eighth greatest hits album, Love Story, is a compilation of his twelve biggest love songs and two previously unreleased recordings. It was released exclusively through Walmart on February 4, 2014, by Curb Records.
  • 2013
    Age 45
    McGraw performed at the C2C: Country to Country festival in London on March 16, 2013.
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    McGraw's debut album for Big Machine, entitled Two Lanes of Freedom, was released on February 5, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number 2 on the charts by selling 108,000 copies. The album includes the singles "Truck Yeah", "One of Those Nights", "Highway Don't Care" (a duet with Taylor Swift which also features Keith Urban on lead guitar), and "Southern Girl".
  • 2012
    Age 44
    On May 21, 2012, however, he signed with Big Machine Records.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    In December 2011, McGraw released his first Christmas single, "Christmas All Over the World", on his own label StyleSonic Records.
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    In November 2011, a judge granted McGraw permission to record music for another label, ending his relationship with Curb Records that began in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details A few hours after the ruling, Curb released "Better Than I Used to Be", the second single from Emotional Traffic. The album was released on January 24, 2012.
    On May 13, 2011, Curb Records filed a breach-of-contract suit against McGraw.
    More Details Hide Details The label alleged that McGraw recorded tracks for his Emotional Traffic album too early prior to its delivery to the label. Several days later, McGraw filed a counter suit against the label seeking advance payment and recording-fund reimbursement, unspecified damages, and a jury trial. A trial was scheduled to begin in July 2012.
    Sirius XM announced on March 30, 2011 that they would be launching Tim McGraw radio, a commercial-free music channel devoted to McGraw's music, and featuring an in depth interview with McGraw as well.
    More Details Hide Details As of fall 2010, McGraw had finished work on the album Emotional Traffic, his last album with Curb Records.
    On January 2, 2011, McGraw announced plans for his Emotional Traffic Tour featuring opening acts Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
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  • 2010
    Age 42
    On November 30, 2010, Curb Records released his fourth greatest hits compilation, Number One Hits.
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  • 2009
    Age 41
    McGraw's twelfth studio album, Southern Voice, was released October 20, 2009, and led by the single "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You", which was shipped to radio outlets in late June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Southern Voice was argued to be McGraw's last album for Curb Records, following the dispute over releasing his third Greatest Hits collection back in October 2008 without his permission. McGraw did not approve of the release.
    McGraw was set to debut a new song on the 2009 ACM Awards, but then cancelled his performance; he was replaced by Blake Shelton, who sang "She Wouldn't Be Gone".
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    He has referred to himself as a "Blue Dog Democrat" and stated that he supported presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details McGraw is married to fellow country singer Faith Hill. Together, they have three daughters: Gracie Katherine (b. 1997), Maggie Elizabeth (b. 1998) and Audrey Caroline (b. 2001). McGraw holds a private pilot license and owns a single-engine Cirrus SR22.
    McGraw released his third greatest-hits package, Greatest Hits 3 on October 7, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The album features 12 tracks.
    In July 2008, McGraw's sixth single, and the title track of his album, "Let It Go", was released to country radio.
    More Details Hide Details Following that, a seventh single, "Nothin' to Die For", entered the Country charts at No. 57 in late December.
    Also in May 2008, he debuted a new song off of his follow-up to Let It Go at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.
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    In May 2008, he hit the road with the Live Your Voice tour.
    More Details Hide Details The mainly-outdoor arena concert tour was his first solo outing in nearly three years.
    In the January 18, 2008 edition of the USA Today newspaper, McGraw was stated to be featured on the Def Leppard album Songs from the Sparkle Lounge, having also co-written the first single, "Nine Lives", with Def Leppard band members Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, and Rick Savage.
    More Details Hide Details The unusual pairing goes back to 2006 when McGraw joined Def Leppard onstage for the song "Pour Some Sugar On Me", and then collaborated on the song "Nine Lives" afterward. The album was released on April 25, 2008. At the 2007 50th Annual Grammy Awards, McGraw received 5 nominations including Best Country Album Let It Go, Best Country Song ("If You're Reading This" and "I Need You"), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals ("I Need You)"), and Best Male Country Vocal Performance ("If You're Reading This").
  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    In the summer of 2007, McGraw and Hill toured together once again in the Soul2Soul 2007 tour.
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    During the Academy of Country Music awards show on May 21, 2007, McGraw performed a song titled "If You're Reading This", which he co-wrote with The Warren Brothers.
    More Details Hide Details Several radio stations began to play the live recording of the song; as a result, it entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 35. McGraw also produced the debut album of country music duo Halfway to Hazard. The duo's first single, "Daisy", peaked at No. 39 on the country charts in the summer of 2007.
    McGraw released his eleventh album, Let It Go, on March 27, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album's debut single, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)", reached No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, marking McGraw's first No. 1 single since "Back When" in late 2004. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, marking his fourth No. 1 top 200 album and ninth No. 1 country album. His daughters can be heard singing the chorus during the last few seconds of the song on the video.
  • 2006
    Age 38
    In April 2006, McGraw and Hill began their 73-concert 55-city Soul2Soul II Tour, again to strong commercial acceptance.
    More Details Hide Details The tour grossed nearly $89 million and sold almost 1.1 million tickets, making it the top grossing tour in the history of country music. It was named "Major Tour of the Year" by the prestigious Pollstar Magazine, beating out such heavyweights as Madonna and the Rolling Stones. In a special gesture, the couple donated all of the profits from their performance in New Orleans to Hurricane Katrina relief. McGraw, along with Kenny Chesney, contributed to a version of Tracy Lawrence's song "Find Out Who Your Friends Are", which can be found on Lawrence's album For the Love. Although the official single version features only Lawrence's vocals, many stations have opted to play the version with McGraw and Chesney instead.
  • 2005
    Age 37
    Throughout the 2005 NFL season, McGraw sang an alternate version of "I Like It, I Love It" every week during the season.
    More Details Hide Details The alternate lyrics, which changed each week, would make reference to plays during Sunday's games, and the song would be played alongside video highlights during halftime on Monday Night Football. Later in the year, McGraw became a minority owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats when majority owner Bud Adams (owner of the NFL's Tennessee Titans) was awarded the expansion franchise.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    In late 2004, his unlikely duet with hip hop artist Nelly on "Over and Over became a crossover hit, spending 10 weeks atop the top 40 chart. "Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio or R&B radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.
    More Details Hide Details The song also spent a week at the top of the charts in the United Kingdom, becoming McGraw's first hit single in Britain and Nelly's third number one hit in the country after "Dilemma" and "My Place". "Over and Over" also reached the top of the charts in Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland, and the top 10 in Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Romania and Switzerland.
    2004's Live Like You Were Dying continued McGraw's record of commercial success.
    More Details Hide Details The title track, dedicated to his father Tug McGraw, who died of a brain tumor earlier in the year, was an ode to living life fully and in the moment, while the second single "Back When" was a paean to an easy nostalgia. Live Like You Were Dying spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard and went on to become the top country song of 2004 on the Billboard Year-End charts. It also became one of the most awarded records by winning ACM Single and Song of the Year, CMA Single and Song of the Year, and a Grammy. The album included three more singles: "Drugs or Jesus", his first single since 1993 not to reach top 10 on the country charts; "Do You Want Fries with That", and "My Old Friend".
  • 2003
    Age 35
    The album debuted at No. 2 on the country albums charts, with the single "Real Good Man" reaching No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached No. 2 in 2003, and "Red Ragtop" reached the top 5.
    More Details Hide Details The album also featured a cover version of Elton John's early 1970s classic "Tiny Dancer", as well as appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" (a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks) and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal". "She's My Kind of Rain" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance-Male at the 46th Grammy Awards.
  • 2002
    Age 34
    In 2002, McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band The Dancehall Doctors.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike rock music, where it is commonplace for touring bands to provide the music on albums recorded by the artist they support, country albums are typically recorded with session musicians. McGraw chose to use his own touring band, in order to recognize their part in his success, and to capture some of the feel of a real band. All of the Dancehall Doctors have worked with McGraw since at least 1996. They include:
  • 2001
    Age 33
    McGraw's next album, Set This Circus Down, was released in April 2001, and spawned four number one country hits: "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time" (with Faith Hill), "The Cowboy in Me", and "Unbroken".
    More Details Hide Details He provided harmony vocals for the Jo Dee Messina song "Bring On the Rain", which he also produced. The song topped the country charts. Hungry for more of his music, fans downloaded a version of his performance of the song "Things Change" from his appearance at the Country Music Association Awards Show. The song was played extensively on radio, becoming the first country song to appear on the charts from a fully downloaded version.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    McGraw and Gallimore also produced the only album released by The Clark Family Experience in 2000, and Halfway to Hazard's 2007 self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details McGraw's first acting appearance came in a 1997 episode of The Jeff Foxworthy Show, where he played Foxworthy's rival. In 2004, McGraw played a sheriff in Rick Schroder's independent release Black Cloud. Later in the same year, McGraw received critical acclaim as the overbearing father of a running back in the major studio Texas high school football drama Friday Night Lights. The Dallas Observer said the role was "played with unexpected ferocity by country singer Tim McGraw". The movie went on to gross over $60 million worldwide at the box office, and sold millions in the DVD market. Most recently, it was named one of the Top 50 High School Movies of All Time (No. 37) by Entertainment Weekly. McGraw's first lead role was in the 2006 film Flicka, which was released in theaters October 20, 2006. In the remake of the classic book My Friend Flicka, McGraw played the father, Rob, costarring with Alison Lohman and Maria Bello. The family-friendly movie debuted in the top 10 list and has grossed over $25 million at the box office. McGraw again achieved critical acclaim for his acting.
    In 2000, McGraw released his Greatest Hits album, which topped the charts for nine weeks and sold almost 6 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in the modern country market.
    More Details Hide Details In the latter half of the year, he and Hill went out on the Soul2Soul Tour, playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues, including Madison Square Garden. It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US, and the leading country tour during 2000. While in Buffalo, New York, McGraw and Kenny Chesney became involved in a scuffle with police officers after Chesney attempted to ride a police horse. McGraw came to Chesney's aid after police officers nearby believed the horse was being stolen and tried to arrest him. The two were arrested and charged with assault, but were later cleared. During a concert with the George Strait Country Music Festival several weeks later, Hill, dressed as a police officer, made an unscheduled appearance at the end of McGraw's set and led him off the stage.
    McGraw recorded two more duets with his wife in the late-1990s, both of which appeared on her albums. "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me", from her multi-platinum album Faith (1998), reached the top 5 of the US country charts, while her follow-up album Breathe (1999) featured "Let's Make Love", which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 31
    A Place in the Sun continued McGraw's streak in 1999, debuting atop both the US country and pop album charts and selling 3 million copies. 251,000 copies were sold in the first week, making it his first number 1 opener on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details It featured another four chart-topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me", "Something Like That", "My Best Friend", and "My Next Thirty Years". "Some Things Never Change" reached No. 7 on the country chart. He also contributed a song for the Grammy-winning tribute album to Bob Willsentiled Ride With Bob. A cover of "Milk Cow Blues", this song was recorded as a duet with Asleep at the Wheel, whom he had met while performing together at the George Strait Country Music Festival.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    At the 40th Grammy Awards, "It's Your Love" received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals and Best Country Song. "It's Your Love" and "Just to See You Smile" were the Top country songs of 1997 and 1998 according to Billboard Year-End; "Just to See You Smile" also set a record for the longest run on the country charts at the time, at 42 weeks.
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    McGraw's next album, 1997's Everywhere, again topped the country charts and reached No. 2 on the album charts, selling 4 million copies.
    More Details Hide Details Four singles—"It's Your Love", "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows", and "Just to See You Smile"—reached the top of the country charts from the album. The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its Album of the Year award for 1997.
  • 1996
    Age 28
    Hill broke off her engagement to her former producer Scott Hendricks so that she and McGraw could start dating each other; they then married on October 6, 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have since had three daughters: Gracie Katherine (born May 1997), Maggie Elizabeth (born August 1998), and Audrey Caroline (born December 2001).
    In 1996, McGraw headlined the most successful country tour of the year, The Spontaneous Combustion Tour, with Faith Hill as his supporting act.
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  • 1994
    Age 26
    On the strength of this success, McGraw won Academy of Country Music awards for Album of the Year and Top New Male Vocalist in 1994. Billboard named Not a Moment Too Soon as the top country album of 1994 on Billboard Year-End. All I Want, released in 1995, also debuted at No. 1 on the country charts.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold over 2 million copies and reached the top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached No. 1 on the country charts as the lead-off single, also crossing over to the Hot 100 at number 25. The album's next two singles, "Can't Be Really Gone" and "All I Want Is a Life" both made top 5, with "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" becoming his fourth number 1 in 1996. Finishing off the single releases was "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It".
    His second album, Not a Moment Too Soon, was much more successful, becoming the best-selling country album in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Indian Outlaw", caused considerable controversy, as critics argued that it presented Native Americans in a patronizing way. Some radio stations refused to play it, but the controversy helped spur sales, and the song became McGraw's first top 10 country single (getting as high as No. 8), and reaching No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single from the album, "Don't Take the Girl", became McGraw's first No. 1 country hit, in addition to reaching number 17 on the Hot 100, and "helped cement his image as a ruggedly good-looking guy with a sensitive side". By year's end, "Down on the Farm" had peaked at number 2 on the country charts; after it, the album's title track became his second number 1 single in early 1995, and "Refried Dreams" reached number 5 afterward. The album sold over 6 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts.
  • 1991
    Age 23
    McGraw's first single, "What Room Was the Holiday In", was released on March 29, 1991, and did not enter the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts upon its release.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2001 retrospective on McGraw's career in Billboard, a former program director for Nashville station WSM-FM said that he added the song to the station's playlist because it showed "undeniable promise", while another former program director at WXTU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recalled that McGraw's debut single was "terrible" but that he booked the singer to make an appearance at the station due to his father's fame. Three more singles were released from Tim McGraw: "Welcome to the Club", "Memory Lane", and "Two Steppin' Mind", although none of these made top 40, and the album itself did not chart. Both "Memory Lane" and "Tears in the Rain", another cut from the album, were co-written by Joe Diffie, and the former originally appeared on Keith Palmer's self-titled 1991 debut album.
  • 1990
    Age 22
    McGraw came to the attention of Curb Records in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details After cutting a demo single, McGraw gave a copy to his father. A man who was friends with Curb Records executives heard the demo while driving with Tug one day and recommended that Curb contact the young singer. Several weeks later, he was able to play his tape for Curb executives, after which they signed him to a recording contract.
  • 1989
    Age 21
    In 1989, on the day his hero Keith Whitley died, McGraw dropped out of college to head to Nashville and pursue a musical career.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    Age 19
    His mother, Betty, returned to Jacksonville, Florida in 1987, and McGraw followed.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville for one term, and occasionally sat in with local bands.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on May 1, 1967.
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