"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere." Tim McGraw.
Country singer Tim McGraw first broke the music scene with his second album Not a Moment Too Soon which spawned the controversial hit single “Indian Outlaw” in 1994. The illegitimate son of the late baseball pitcher Tug McGraw and husband of country singer Faith Hill keeps spinning off hit singles, including "Don't Take the Girl," "Down on the Farm," "I Like It, I Love It," "It's Your Love" (featuring his wife Faith Hill) and "Live Like You Were Dying" (a tribute to his late father Tug McGraw). The country superstar who often sports his trademark cowboy hat recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2006.
The 6’ tall, brown haired and eyed Scotch-Irish-Italian descendant is also an actor. He started his acting career in a 1995 episode of “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” playing Foxworthy's rival. In 2004, he had significant roles in the independent release Black Cloud and the high school football drama Friday Night Lights, alongside Billy Bob Thornton. He recently played a ranch owner and Alison Lohman’s demanding father in the newly-released feature film Flicka, in which he also sang the closing credit song "My Little Girl."
Childhood and Family:
In Delhi, Louisiana, Samuel Timothy McGraw was born on May 1, 1967. His mother was a waitress named Betty Trimble, an Italian and Irish descendant. He didn’t know who his father was until he was 11, when he accidentally found his birth certificate which listed his baseball pitcher idol, Tug McGraw, a famous relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies, was in fact his biological father. Tim has a stepfather named Horace Smith, and has three half siblings: Cari Lynn Velardo (mother: Phyllis Kline), Mark McGraw (actor; mother: Phyllis Kline) and Matthew McGraw (mother: Diane).
Tim, a salutatorian of his high school class in 1985, attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship. He studied sports medicine and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He dropped out in 1989 to pursue musical career, and later in 2002, his former fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, awarded him with the Distinguished Achievement Award, one of the highest honors a fraternity can give.
On the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, Tim met and fell in love with fellow country singer Faith Hill (born on September 21, 1967). The couple married on October 6, 1996, in Rayville, Louisiana, and the union of the two country star powers drew plenty of attention from mainstream media. They now have three daughters: Audrey Caroline McGraw (born on December 6, 2001), Maggie Elizabeth (born on August 12, 1998), Gracie Katherine (born on May 5, 1997).
"Gracie'll be going into second grade this year, which seems absolutely amazing to us. Because we can remember when we couldn't believe they were actually letting us take this child home. We wondered, 'Do they know what they're doing?' Maggie's in first grade now and Audrey is three. As fast as it's moving, we know we've got the good life. We're very blessed, just very fortunate to have the things we have." Tim McGraw.
Tim has three dogs: Whitley, Dakota, Roaddog, and three horses: Mr. Jeff, Lacy, Dizzie and Miss Audrey. His hobbies are cooking, sports and working on the farm. He and his wife are friends of Martina McBride and they reside just outside Nashville, on the same block as fellow country singer, Kenny Chesney.
Live Like You Were Dying
“You gotta do what you’re good at.” Tim McGraw.
Having been actively involved in sports and music since his formative years, Tim McGraw eventually got music calling after he bought a guitar at a pawnshop. He performed solo in local nightspots and later left college to go to Nashville on the same day his musical hero Keith Whitley passed away. There, he struggled with other hopefuls vying for attention and was eventually discovered while perform in front of a hot dog stand known as HounDogs in Nashville, where many Nashville noteworthies have also played at one time or another.
In 1990, McGraw signed with Curb Records and had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club," from his self-titled album, in 1992. The album also spawned other minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin Mind," but failed to even make the charts.
McGraw’s sophomore effort, Not a Moment Too Soon (1994), went on to become the best selling country album that year. The lead single, "Indian Outlaw," written by John D. Loudermilk, was a controversial one and faced a lot of criticism as some have regarded it as patronizing caricatures of Native Americans. Although the song was banned by some radio stations, it reached the country Top Ten (getting as high as #8) and even crossed over to the pop Top 20 (it poled at #15). The controversy also helped spur sales eventually went gold and silver.
The album’s second single, the ballad "Don't Take the Girl," became McGraw’s first #1 country hit while climbing up to the top 20 on the pop chart and going gold. The album continued to spin off hits with the #2 hit single "Down on the Farm," the #1 title track (in 1995) and the Top Five novelty tune "Refried Dreams." Not a Moment Too Soon was a genuine blockbuster hit and sold over 5 million copies. It also topped both the country and pop album charts and won McGraw Academy of Country Music awards for Album of the Year and Top New Male Vocalist in 1994.
All I Want, McGraw's follow-up album, catapulted him toward stardom thanks to the #1 hit singles "I Like It, I Love It" and "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" (went to number one in 1996) It also produced the Top Five hits "Can't Really Be Gone" (#2) "All I Want is a Life" (#5) and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It Tonight" (#4). Released on September 19, 1995, All I Want continued McGraw's run of success. It debuted at number one on the country charts, reached Top Five on the Billboard 200 and sold over two million copies.
Over 1996, McGraw supported the album with an extensive tour across America, called the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, the most successful country tour of that year. Faith Hill became his opening act and the two soon fell in love and tied the knot on October 6 that same year, after the tour was wrapped.
The next year, McGraw released his following album, Everywhere. The lead single "It's Your Love" (with Faith Hill) was a massive hit in the United States that reached number one on Billboard's Country Singles chart for six weeks and becoming McGraw's and Hill's first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It won four Academy of Country Music Awards for Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. It was also nominated two Grammy Awards for Best Country Collaboration and Best Country Song.
The album also spawned notable songs "For A Little While," "Everywhere" and "Where The Green Grass Grows." Everywhere was another crossover smash, topping the country charts and selling four million copies. The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its Album of the Year award for 1997. Meanwhile, McGraw also sang duet with Hill in her multi-platinum 1998 album Faith, singing "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me," which climbed into the Top Five.
1999's triple-platinum album A Place in the Sun, was McGraw's another huge hit, peaking at #1 on the US pop and country album charts and selling three million albums. It delivered four #1 hit singles "Please Remember Me" (with Patty Loveless), "Something Like That," "My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years." McGraw subsequently spent Summer 1999 touring 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. And by the end of 1999, McGraw had supplanted Garth Brooks as the most popular country male singer in the nation, while his wife was one of the most popular female country singers along with Shania Twain.
The new millennium saw McGraw with his first Greatest Hits compilation, which again topped the charts for nine weeks. He also made another Top Ten duet from Hill's Breathe album, "Let's Make Love," which won McGraw his first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. And after having a brush with the law when he and tourmate Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers and was later cleared of assault charges, McGraw, along with Hill, went out on the second tour with his wife called Soul2Soul Tour. They played to sellout crowds in 64 venues including Madison Square Garden, and the tour was one of the top tours of any genre in the US and the leading country tour during that year.
In April of 2001, McGraw released Set This Circus Down. The number one country, number two pop album spawned four number one country hits "Grown Men Don't Cry," "Angry All the Time," "The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken." It also produced the number one country single "Bring on the Rain" (a duet with protégée Jo Dee Messina).
On November 26, 2002, McGraw and his road band since 1996, the Dancehall Doctors, released an album called Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Recorded in Scotland, the album spawned four singles "Red Ragtop," "Watch the Wind Blow By," "She's My Kind of Rain" and "Real Good Man" as well as two songs that were in the movie Black Cloud staring McGraw, "Sing Me Home" and "All We Ever Find." It also featured a cover version of Elton John's early 1970s classic "Tiny Dancer" as well as appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal." As for the 2004 movie Black Cloud, directed and written by Rick Schroder, McGraw, who started his acting career in a 1995 episode of The Jeff Foxworthy Show playing Foxworthy's rival, played the sheriff who runs into trouble with the title role, a young Navajo, Native American boxer played by Eddie Spears. He also costarred opposite Billy Bob Thornton as the overbearing father of a running back in the major studio Texas high school football drama Friday Night Lights (2004).
"It was like going away to summer camp. You've got all these guys that are your best friends who you've traveled around with forever and you go to the top of this great mountain, with snow outside and fireplaces inside. We were actually giddy about getting there." Tim McGraw (on his band The Dancehall Doctors).
Live Like You Were Dying (2004), McGraw's eighth studio album, added to his record of commercial success. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 has eventually been certified 4X Platinum. It was also nominated for 2 Grammy Awards in 2005 for Best Country Vocal Performance - Male and Best Country Album. The album delivered number one hits "Live Like You Were Dying," "Back When," "Drugs or Jesus," "Do You Want Fries With That" and "My Old Friend."
The song "Live Like You Were Dying" is a tribute to McGraw’s late father, former baseball player Tug McGraw, who passed away in January 2004 of brain cancer. It spent seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1 and went on to become the biggest hit single of the year. It also became one the most awarded songs/records by winning ACM Single and Song of the Year, CMA Single and Song of the Year and a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance - Male.
"We were rehearsing when Tug was sick. And he died at the beginning of January. We were in the studio at the end of January, and we recorded this around 11:00 or 12:00 at night and everybody just poured a lot of heart and soul into it. I think you can hear that on the record." Tim McGraw (on his song "Live Like You Were Dying," a tribute to his late father).
Meanwhile, McGraw also performed the song "Wherever the Trail May Lead" for the 2004 Disney film Home on the Range. He also made an unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on the soft ballad of lost love, "Over and Over," which became a crossover hit. In June that same year, he was added to the Italian-American Hall of Fame.
On March 28, 2006, McGraw released his second-greatest hits album, Tim McGraw Reflected: Hits Vol. 2. In April 2006, McGraw and Hill began their 73-concert 55 city Soul2Soul II Tour 2006, again to a strong commercial acceptance. More recently on October 17, 2006, McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, near stars in the sidewalk honoring Julie Andrews, William Shatner and the late Greta Garbo. The event coincides with the release of the soundtrack to Flicka, the feature film starring McGraw. In the film version of the 1941 children's novel My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara, McGraw portrayed Alison Lohman’s demanding father. For the movie, McGraw also serves as executive producer of the soundtrack album, which features the closing credit song "My Little Girl."
“It's a challenge. I've been around the music business for a long time now, and I've had a lot of chances to do movies. But I didn't really want to do any until I found stuff that started to hit me in the right place. I like the values in Flicka, and I wanted to do a movie my kids could see and be proud of.” Tim McGraw (on the reason why he accepted acting job in the 2006 movie Flicka).
In February 2007, a new CD from McGraw is due. It will feature a cover of the Tony Rich Project's song "Nobody Knows" (which was also a country hit for Kevin Sharp), and a single entitled "I Need You" with Faith Hill.
"This has been the best time of my life. It's been a time for me to really evaluate where I'm going and what I'm doing -- to focus my direction. When you have a family, that changes your whole perspective on what you do and what you want to get out of what you do." Tim McGraw.
Grammy: Best Male Country Vocal Performance, "Live Like You Were Dying," 2005
CMT: Most Inspiring Video, "Live Like You Were Dying," 2005
CMA: Single of the Year, “Live Like You Were Dying,” 2004
CMA: Song of the Year, “Live Like You Were Dying,” 2004
CMT: Flameworthy Video Music Award, “The Cowboy in Me,” 2002
Grammy: Best Male Vocalist, “Live Like You Were Dying,” 2001
Grammy: Vocal Collaboration, “Let's Make Love,” 2001, with Faith Hill
CMA: Male Vocalist, 2000
ACM: Vocal Collaboration, “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me,” 1999, with Faith Hill
ACM: Album of the Year, Not a Moment Too Soon, 1994
ACM: Male Vocalist, 1999
CMA: Vocal Event of the Year, 1997, for “It's Your Love” with Faith Hill
American Music Awards: Favorite New Artist, 1995
ACM: Top New Male Vocalist, 1994