Faith Hill Overview

Faith Hill (born Audrey Faith Perry; September 21, 1967) is an American United States country country music singer. She is known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill's voice (described as both soulful and raspy) and careful song selection have helped her to sell more than 40 million records and accumulate 8 number-one singles and 3 number-one albums on the Country charts.

Hill has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and the People's Choice Awards. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with husband McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time. In 2001, she was named one of the "30 Most Powerful Women in America" by Ladies Home Journal. In 2008, Faith Hill released her first Christmas album, titled Joy to the World Joy to the World (Faith Hill album) .


 
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Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry in Ridgeland Ridgeland, Mississippi , Mississippi, near Jackson Jackson, Mississippi , Mississippi. She was adopted adoption as an infant and raised by a couple in the nearby town of Star Star, Mississippi . Her adoptive parents reared their two biological sons along with Hill in a devout Christian environment.

Hill's vocal talent was apparent early, and she had her first public performance, a 4-H luncheon, when she was seven. At 17, Hill formed a band that played in local rodeos. She briefly attended college at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi, but at 19 quit school to move to Nashville and pursue her dream of being a country singer. In her early days in Nashville, Hill auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, but failed to secure the job.

Two years later, she began a search for her natural mother, whom she eventually met and with whom she corresponded until her mother's death.

A co-worker heard Hill singing to herself one day, and soon the head of her music publishing company was encouraging her to become a demo singer for the firm. She supplemented this work by singing backup vocals for songwriter Gary Burr, who often performed his new songs at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. During one of those performances, an executive from Warner Bros. Records was in the audience, and, impressed with Hill's voice, began the process of signing her to a recording contract.

Shortly after the release of her album, Hill found her marriage falling apart. She and Dan Hill divorced in 1994.
1993—1997: Country success

Hill's debut album was Take Me as I Am Take Me as I Am (album) (1993); sales were strong, buoyed by the chart success of "Wild One." Hill became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard's number one position for four consecutive weeks when "Wild One" managed the feat in 1994. Her version of "Piece of My Heart", also went to the top of the country charts in 1994 The album showcased her progression toward a more mainstream, pop-oriented sound, although it retained some country sound. "This Kiss" became a number one country hit, and was the first of her singles to place on the pop charts, peaking at number seven. More than six million copies of the album were sold. The album also delivered several other hits including another duet with McGraw, "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me", "Let Me Let Go" and "The Secret Of Life". For the first time, the album consisted solely of songs about love and did not venture into the more somber territory that her previous albums had touched.

2000 was an especially busy year for Hill. Besides a successful tour Soul2Soul Tour with her husband, Hill was featured in a CBS television special, VH1's Behind the Music, VH1 Divas 2000 VH1 Divas , and the Lifetime cable channel's Intimate Portraits series.

Musically, in 2000 Hill recorded a song for the movie Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas The song also appeared on the pop and country charts. Hill's success on the pop charts disturbed some country music insiders, who questioned whether she was trying to dismiss her country roots and move into the pop genre. Despite the grumbling, Hill won the CMA Female Vocalist of The Year Award CMA Awards , and in her acceptance speech announced, "I love this business and I love this industry... and my heart is here."

In 2001, Hill recorded a song for the Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor (film) soundtrack. "There You'll Be" also appeared on the album There You'll Be: The Best Of Faith Hill There You'll Be (album) , an international greatest hits album. The album featured some dance mixes of "Piece Of My Heart," "Let Me Let Go," "The Way You Love Me," and "Breathe."

In 2002, Hill released her new album with a more pop-oriented sound, Cry Cry (Faith Hill album) . The album "spotlight[ed] her impressive set of pipes," but also marked the completion of her "transformation into a pop diva," containing few nods to her country roots. Though the album debuted at number one on Billboard magazine's pop and country album charts, The album however, did win a Grammy Award and 3.7 million copies have been sold worldwide.

Faith Hill's 2002 song "Baby You Belong" off her Cry album was used as the theme song for the movie Lilo & Stitch. The music video featured clips from the movie as well as performance clips.


2005—2006: Return to country

, July 29, 2006.
In 2005, Faith Hill returned with her new country album, Fireflies Fireflies (Faith Hill album) . The CD debuted on top of the Billboard Country and all genre album charts, placing her among only a handful of artists to have three consecutive albums debut at number one on both charts. The debut single, "Mississippi Girl", became Hill's highest-debuting single. The song was written specifically for her by John Rich John Rich (musician) (of Big and Rich) and Adam Shoenfield of MuzikMafia, and tells the abbreviated story of her life. Hill recorded two other songs by Rich, "Sunshine and Summertime" and "Like We Never Loved at All", both of which became successful singles. The title track, "Stealing Kisses" and "If You Ask" were written by artist Lori McKenna and also appear on McKenna's albums. The album marked a return to Hill's country roots and succeeded in reestablishing her place on country radio.

In 2006, after a six-year break from touring following the birth of her youngest daughter, It was named "Major Tour of the Year" by the prestigious Pollstar Pollstar Magazine , beating out such heavyweights as Madonna Madonna (entertainer) and the Rolling Stones.


2007—present: The Hits, Joy to the World and future projects

In 2007, Hill started work on her first domestic greatest hits package, titled The Hits The Hits (Faith Hill album) , which was released on October 2. It contains two new tracks; "Lost Lost (Faith Hill song) " and "Red Umbrella," as well as twelve additional tracks. The album also features hits covering her entire career from 1993 / 2005. Included with The Hits is a DVD of 11 of Hill's music videos.

She's also featured on husband Tim McGraw's 2007 album Let It Go Let It Go (Tim McGraw album) . She sings two duets with him, "I Need You I Need You (2007 song) " and "Shotgun Rider." Both songs were sung at the couple's critically acclaimed Soul2Soul II Tour 2006. She and Tim also did an encore of their Soul2Soul II Tour; Soul2Soul 2007 began in June and ran through August. The song I Need You has been nominated twice at the 2008 Grammy Awards 50th Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Best Country Song. The show took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on February 10, 2008 but the song didn't win.

In 2007 Faith Hill took over as the signature voice of NFL on NBC's Sunday Night Football, singing the theme song about which the show's producer said:


In September 2008, Hill issued her first Christmas album, titled Joy to the World Joy to the World (Faith Hill album) . The compilation was given positive reviews, including about.com, which gave the album four and a half out of five stars, calling the album, "a great collection of classic Christmas songs." Hill continually worked on the album two years prior to its official release. The album included one new track, "A Baby Changes Everything," which was released as the album's only single in late 2008. The song debuted at #24 on Billboard's AC chart, and quickly rose to #1, becoming Hill's fourth number one on that chart.

On February 1, 2009 Hill performed "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl XLIII pregame show. The other performers at the pregame show were Jennifer Hudson and Journey Journey (band) , and Bruce Springsteen performed at the Halftime show.

In October 2009 Faith Hill released her first fragrance by Coty Coty, Inc. . 'Faith Hill Parfums' has been described as having a southern blend of jasmine, magnolia and peach pears.

Brendan O'Brien, known for producing projects for Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and Rage Against the Machine, is working with Faith and producing her next album, set for release in 2010.
Acting career

In 1995 Hill guest starred in an episode of Touched by an Angel, and while she was rumored to have won a part in Mel Gibson's We Were Soldiers, she did not actually appear in the movie. Her film début was in the summer of 2004, when Hill co-starred with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Glenn Close in director Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives The Stepford Wives (2004 movie) . Although the film earned over $101 million, it was savaged by critics
and Hill has not made another acting appearance since.


Philanthropy

Hill used her 1999 tour to support a national children's book drive. Fans who donated books at one of her concerts were entered into a drawing to meet her personally after the show. The effort resulted in the donation of 35,000 children's books, which were distributed to hospitals, schools, libraries, and daycare centers in 40 cities across the United States.

In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Hill and her husband, Tim McGraw, who was raised in Louisiana, joined groups taking supplies to Gulfport Gulfport, Mississippi , Mississippi. The two also hosted several charity concerts to benefit those who were displaced by the storm. Later in the year the couple established the Neighbor's Keeper Foundation, which provides funding for community charities to assist with basic humanitarian services in the event of a natural disaster or for desperate personal circumstances. In a special gesture, the couple also donated profits from their performance in New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana to Hurricane Katrina relief.
Studio Albums

* Take Me as I Am Take Me as I Am (album) (1993)
* It Matters to Me (1995)
* Faith Faith (Faith Hill album) (1998)
* Breathe Breathe (Faith Hill album) (1999)
* Cry Cry (Faith Hill album) (2002)
* Fireflies Fireflies (Faith Hill album) (2005)
 

 

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