Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Early career

Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered.

He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993.

Success

The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. The first single written by John D. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994.

Continued success and home life

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001.

His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."

Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore.

King and Queen of country

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. The album sold 4 million copies. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997.

A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain.

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges.

In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000.

Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show.

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors

In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians.

Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians who had been an integral part of his success. "My previous albums were done in pretty much the Nashville way—the session guys came in and laid down their tracks and then I sang. I'm proud of all of those records, but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my favorite records when I was growing up. It's almost unheard of for a country artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. And it was time to get that on a record."

All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996. They include:

  • Darran Smith - lead guitar;
  • Denny Hemington - steel guitar;
  • Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;
  • John Marcus - bass guitar;
  • Dean Brown - fiddler;
  • Jeff McMahon - keyboards;
  • Billy Mason - drums; and
  • David Dunkley - percussion.

Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors was released on November 26, 2002 reached number 2 on the country charts with "Real Good Man" reaching number one. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached number 2 in 2003 and "Red Rag Top" reached the top 5. The album also features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton John's album Madman Across the Water. The artist also features 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".

Over and Over

In late 2004, his unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became an enormous crossover hit. [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/)

"Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.

Politics

In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry.

Discography

  • Tim McGraw (album) (1993)
  • Not a Moment Too Soon (1994)
  • All I Want (1995)
  • Everywhere (1997)
  • Place in the Sun (1999)
  • Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000)
  • Set this Circus Down (2001)
  • Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002)
  • Live Like You Were Dying (2004)

Further reading

Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X).


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Tim McGraw: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors - This is Ours, Atria Books, 2002 (ISBN 074346706X). It was also released on some "Rocafella Records" B-sides and some street "mixtapes" by Eminem's "Shady Records" and other mixtapes made by street DJs. In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office in the future. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual in the predominantly Republican country music industry. It got out as a single and hit New York radio stations as a big hit. "Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market. In 2003, Puff Daddy gave 50 Cent rights to sample Biggie's verses from "Niggas" (a song from the Born Again album) into a song called "To All My Niggas". [1] (http://www.sixshot.com/articles/4572/). The video for the song also featured appearances by 98 Degrees and Fat Joe.

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It's almost unheard of for a country artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. The song featured Puff Daddy, Wallace's widow Faith Evans and R&B group 112. I'm proud of all of those records, but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my favorite records when I was growing up. However, the single that carried this album to the top was "I'll Be Missing You", a tribute and a massively successful single dedicated to Biggie. "My previous albums were done in pretty much the Nashville way—the session guys came in and laid down their tracks and then I sang. At the end of 1997, Puff Daddy released his debut album "No Way Out," which featured Biggie on a number of songs, notably in the chorus of the single "Been Around the World" over David Bowie's sample ("Let's Dance!"). Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians who had been an integral part of his success. The album sold 10 million copies, probably due in part to its timely posthumous release, and it is still the biggest selling hip-hop album of all time.

Unlike rock music where it is commonplace for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded with session musicians. It hit number one on the Billboard charts and spawned several hit singles in the United States. In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. The album was released only two weeks after Biggie's murder. A duet with Jo-Dee Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts. "Things Change" made the history as the first country song to chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song at the CMA Awards Show. Life After Death, Biggie's second album, was released posthumously and debuted at #1 on the charts. Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time", "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken". Additionally, Director Nick Broomfield has released an investigative documentary called 'Biggie and Tupac' which implicates the LAPD and Suge Knight, and the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled "Who Shot Tupac Shakur?" by reporter Chuck Phillips, which concludes that Biggie Smalls was ultimately behind the Las Vegas shooting of Tupac.

It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000. In his book, LAbyrinth, LAPD officer Randall Sullivan probes the circumstances and figures involved in the shootings. In the latter half of 2000, he and Hill went out on the "Soul 2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Gardens. Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and the Mob Piru Bloods gang with whom he associates are among the prime suspects for involvement. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges. Neither murder has been conclusively solved, though theories abound as to the motives and identities of the murderers. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. On March 9, 1997, the horrific events came full circle when Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles, where he had been attending the 11th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Center.

During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the George Strait Country Music Festival. Rumors of Biggie's possible involvement in the murder cropped up almost immediately. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most popular singers along with Shania Twain. The second of these shootings was fatal, taking place in Las Vegas, where Tupac had been watching a boxing match. The album also featured another duet between the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. This feud hung over a period of highly publicized rap violence that began with two shootings in which Shakur was the victim. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. This rivalry existed between Biggie and Death Row rap superstar Tupac Shakur, a New York City native, who relocated to Los Angeles and Death Row Records because of the feud.

Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although Ready to Die brought massive fame to Biggie, he is most famed for his somewhat overplayed and ultimately tragic involvement in rap's most famous feud between the East and West Coast scenes. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. "One More Chance," which sampled the R&B song "Stay With Me," was a remix of the song by the same name that originally appeared on Ready to Die.. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including Australia and Canada. That same year, B.I.G.'s single One More Chance debuted at #5 on the Pop Charts, tying Scream/Childhood as the highest debut single in music history. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. That same year saw the mainstream introduction of Biggie's labelmates Lil' Kim and Lil' Caesar by the rap star.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. (Junior Masters At Finding Intelligent Attitudes) released the album Conspiracy. By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music. In 1995, Biggie's new group Junior M.A.F.I.A. It featured another four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me" with Patty Loveless “Something Like That”, “My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". The album features one of rap's most famous playa anthems, the song "Big Poppa." Biggie's album drew critical acclaim for its vivid story-telling and razor-sharp lyricism, such as "They don't know about the stress filled day/Baby on the way, mad bills to pay/That's why you drink tanqueray/So you can reminisce and wish/You wasn't living so devilish." The album is considered by many to be one of the best and most hardcore hip-hop albums of all time. A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. Ready to Die is regarded as one of hip-hop's all-time classic albums.

The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997. Blige on What's the 411?, then released Ready to Die, his debut album, in 1994. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. He first gained notice for working with Mary J. The first single "It’s Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country charts. Three more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green Grass Grows" and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts from the album. In his lyrics, Biggie also referred to himself under the alias Frank White (taken from the 1990 movie King of New York starring Christopher Walken). The album sold 4 million copies. Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in the 1975 comedy, Let's Do it Again), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game)., was a popular Brooklyn-born rapper of the mid-1990s.

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. Born Again (Bad Boy Records, 1999). He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore. Life After Death (Bad Boy Records, 1997). Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. Ready to Die (Bad Boy Records, 1995). The other ten percent I'll probably waste.". Download sample of "Niggas Bleed" from Life After Death.

Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. The couple have had three daughters – Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001. Faith Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be prophetic as the singers married late in the year.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. "Can't Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200.

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts. As a result of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way.

The first single written by John D. The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. He achieved a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind", off the same album in 1993. He signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts.

Dropping out of university in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs in that city hoping to be discovered. While attending Northwestern State University, he was drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana. As a child, he was torn between a career in music and a career in athletics. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11.

Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near Monroe. Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tim's mother, and he was originally named Stanley Tim McGraw. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble (née D'Agostino, McGraw later received awards as an Italian-American) and his father was Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. He was born in Delhi, Louisiana.

He is married to popular female country singer Faith Hill. Tim McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is a popular male singer in country music, having achieved many number one singles on the country charts, six multi-platinum albums and sales of over 25 million albums. Live Like You Were Dying (2004). Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors (2002).

Set this Circus Down (2001). Greatest Hits (Tim McGraw) (2000). Place in the Sun (1999). Everywhere (1997).

All I Want (1995). Not a Moment Too Soon (1994). Tim McGraw (album) (1993). David Dunkley - percussion.

Billy Mason - drums; and. Jeff McMahon - keyboards;. Dean Brown - fiddler;. John Marcus - bass guitar;.

Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;. Denny Hemington - steel guitar;. Darran Smith - lead guitar;.

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