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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In late 2004, his unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became an enormous crossover hit. While she has a love for the gothic and has no problem with any of these beliefs, she has never been associated with Wicca nor has she ever called herself a witch. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal". One of the more persistent rumors which has trailed Nicks through the years is that she is a witch and is heavily involved in Wicca. 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. Stevie Nicks was ranked # 14 on VH1's list of most influential female artists in music history. The album also features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton John's album Madman Across the Water. Stevie was also the basis for the character Jynx on the popular children's TV series Pokémon.

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. Also, in the skit, she ties in her food choices to her drug addictions.
In one episode of South Park she is mistaken for a goat when she and Fleetwood Mac perform in Afghanistan for US soldiers. They include:. In 1998, Lucy Lawless parodied Nicks on Saturday Night Live, in a skit called "Stevie Nicks' Fajita Round-Up." In the skit, Nicks ran a Tex-Mex cantina in Arizona, where all of her signature dishes were take-offs on her song titles. All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996. They married in 1983, but the arrangement quickly fell apart and they split a year later. And it was time to get that on a record.". Her best friend (his wife) had recently died of cancer, leaving behind a husband and young child, and Nicks felt it was her calling to marry Anderson and raise the child.

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. While she has had well-publicized affairs with men ranging from Buckingham to Mick Fleetwood to the late Warren Zevon to The Eagles member Don Henley (who outraged Stevie in the early 90's when he claimed in a magazine interview that she had aborted his child), Nicks has only married once, to Kim Anderson. 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. Stevie currently resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. "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. She has also made appearances on a number of soundtracks, ranging from 1980 (the cult cartoon Heavy Metal) to 2003 (the hit Jack Black comedy School of Rock). 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. She recorded a duet with Chris Isaak on his 2004 Christmas album.

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. She has done duets or guest vocals for several of their albums and they've returned the favor. 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. Such notables as Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks, Michelle Branch, and Courtney Love have praised her work, and vice/versa. 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. One of the reasons for Nicks' continued career is the devotion she inspires in her fans. 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". Their tour of America, Europe and Australia ended in September 2004.

It was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during 2000. Say You Will was released in 2003, to respectable sales and generally positive reviews. 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. This was followed by another album with John McVie, Buckingham, and Fleetwood (Christine McVie had retired from the road and the group), their first original album in 16 years (The Dance had been a greatest hits package with a few new songs sprinkled in for flavor). 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 2002 she sang a spirited version of Elvis Presley's classic song "Won't You Wear My Ring Around Your Neck?" on VH1's Diva's Live tribute to Presley. In 2000, he released a "Greatest Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on top of the country charts. She released another greatest hits package and then a solo album and tour in 2001, Trouble in Shangri-La, which placed high on the charts.

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 1998 the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed together a final time. 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. This album, The Dance, rocketed to #1 on the charts and Stevie's single "Silver Spring" (which had been originally planned for Rumours but shelved, much to Stevie's regret) also did well, as did the concert tour. 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. She entered seclusion for a number of years, beat her sedative addiction, and lost weight. She returned to the spotlight in 1997 when plans to help Mick Fleetwood with a solo album turned into one final album with the Rumours era group -- including Lindsey Buckingham. The Way you Love Me also reached number 7. One of her rare public appearances around this time was performing Don't Stop at the 1993 Inaugural Gala for President Bill Clinton.

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. Stevie was crushed by the weak numbers and by the vicious attacks from critics because of her weight gain. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album charts. Sales were not as strong as expected, a pattern which continued for her 1991 "greatest hits" album and culminated in the outright flop of her 1994 album Street Angel. 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. In 1989 Nicks also released her latest solo album, The Other Side of the Mirror. Another duet between the pair "Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the US country charts. After the tour, Nicks left the group.

Faith Hill's career was also going well. The album received damp reviews and had only one semi-successful single (from Christine McVie). By 1999, he had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer in country music. Nicks stayed with the group through 1990, when they recorded Behind the Mask. 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". Since Nicks only listened to the song a small number of times, the lines "all the way down you held the line" was misheard by Nicks as "all the way down to Emmeline" Fleetwood Mac had always had high personality conflicts, but the tension between Buckingham and Nicks had grown unbearable -- Buckingham quit the group right before their Tango in the Night tour. A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. Sandy Stewart wrote the song "Seven Wonders".

The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997. Titled Tango in the Night Nicks' song "Seven Wonders" was one of the album's biggest hits. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. Her next album was with Fleetwood Mac. 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. Later, Nicks was advised to take a sedative to counteract her anxiety after ceasing her use of cocaine which lead to another addiction battle in which she overcame along with her sixty cigarette per day habit. The album sold 4 million copies. Nicks was treated for an addiction to cocaine at the Betty Ford clinic.

Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching number two on the album charts in 1997. For the next couple of years Nicks withdrew from performing and during her hiatus was treated for drug addiction. He has co-produced all three of her albums with Gallimore. In 1985 she released the album "Rock A Little" scoring more hit singles with "Talk To Me" and "I Can't Wait". Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time associate Byron Gallimore. Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac for their 1982 album "Mirage" and contributed the hit "Gypsy", and released a second solo album titled "The Wild Heart" in 1983, which featured the Prince inspired track "Stand Back", and "If Anyone Falls". The other ten percent I'll probably waste.". Billboard Album charts and as of 1990 is certified quadruple (4x) platinum.

Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. 3 on the U.S. His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation as a hell raiser. Bella Donna reached No. 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. Other singles included "Leather and Lace" with Don Henley and "Edge of Seventeen". 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. Its lead single "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" was a collaboration with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and it reached number three on the US charts.

In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. Nicks recorded her first solo album Bella Donna in 1981. "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. Around this time Stevie also had a hit single with Kenny Loggins on "Whenever I Call You Friend". "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. Rumors have swirled for years that "Sara" was actually a reference to an aborted child -- rumors that Nicks has repeatedly denied. The album sold over two million copies and reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. Nicks' song "Sara" written for the girlfriend of band member Mick Fleetwood was a hit single.

All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number one on the country charts. With several Nicks songs such as "Gold Dust Woman" it also contained Fleetwood Mac's only United States number one single, "Dreams" which was written by Nicks and featured her on lead vocals. The band's next album Tusk was more experimental in sound and while successful alienated some of its fans. He won Academy of Country Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994. The album was a considerable success, and its follow-up Rumours released in 1977 became one of the all time best selling albums. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 as well as the country album charts. Nicks contributed songs such as "Rhiannon" and "Landslide", originally written for the second Buckingham Nicks album. "Down on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached the top 5. They invited the duo to join them, and the new ensemble released the album Fleetwood Mac in 1975.

The second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. Stevie was reduced to cleaning houses at the time that Fleetwood Mac stumbled onto the duo. The controversy helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single and reached top 20 on the pop charts. While not a commercial success it caught the attention of Fleetwood Mac band members who were attempting to broaden their appeal. 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. After the band parted, Nicks and Buckingham remained as a duo releasing the album Buckingham Nicks in 1973. Loudermilk called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics argued that it presented native Americans in a patronising way. They were the opening act for, among others, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

The first single written by John D. Nicks met her future partner Lindsey Buckingham while in high school and along with two others formed a band called Fritz which became popular as a live act from 1968 until 1972. The second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best selling country album in 1994. Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks (born May 26, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac. 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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