Faith Hill

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Faith Hill

Audrey Faith Perry known as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967) is an American country singer, known for her remarkable pop success as well as her much-publicized marriage to singer Tim McGraw. Hill was born in Jackson, Mississippi but 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. Faith is adopted and met her biological mother in the early 1990's. She also briefly married a music executive named Dan Hill from 1988-1994. Working as a secretary to a music publishing company, Hill's singing was noticed as she sang to herself one day. She soon signed to Warner Brothers Records.

Hill's debut album was Take Me as I Am (1993 in music); sales were strong, buoyed by the chart success of "Wild One". The follow-up single, "Piece of My Heart" (Janis Joplin) 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 and it finally appeared in 1995 (see 1995 in music). It Matters to Me was another success, and the title track was her fourth #1 country single. When Tim McGraw proposed in one of the trailers, he had to go perform, so she took a permanent marker and wrote her answer on the mirror. Hill began touring with Tim McGraw and married him on October 6, 1996. The couple has 3 children together; Gracie Katherine, Maggie Elizabeth and Audrey Caroline.

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Faith Hill's Album Breathe

Hill's 1998 album, Faith, moved her closer towards a mainstream, pop-oriented sound, which lost her many of her longtime 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 Cover Girl makeup and released Breathe, an even more successful pop hit that became one of the biggest albums of 2000 (see 2000 in music). The title track was the #1 pop airplay song that year and "The Way You Love Me" hit the top ten as well. By the holidays she had contributed "Where Are You Christmas?" to the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the following summer she recorded the Diane Warren penned "There You'll Be" for the Pearl Harbor soundtrack.

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."

In the summer of 2004, Faith 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 hit country song "Mississippi Girl," the first single from her back-to-roots album Fireflies. Faith is widely considered to have one of the best voices of her generation.


Albums

  • Fireflies (2005)
  • Cry (2002)
  • Pearl Harbor (Soundtrack) (2001)
  • Breathe (1999)
  • Faith (1998)
  • It Matters To Me (1995)
  • Take Me As I Am (1993)

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