Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are two of the most successful solo country artists of the last two decades and their collaborations together have shattered records and topped the charts. On November 17th, the couple’s solo and shared legacies will be explored with a new exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville.
On display from the superstar couple will be a wide array of personal and professional memorabilia representing various milestones and significant moments throughout their careers. The pair, who first collaborated on McGraw’s 1996 Spontaneous Combustion Tour, married in October of that year and have three daughters together. In 2001, McGraw and Hill won the first of two Grammys for their duet “Let’s Make Love.”
Onstage during their surprise appearance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last October, the couple announced their upcoming Soul2Soul World Tour 2017, which launches April 7th in New Orleans. The trek is scheduled to conclude October 27th. The McGraw-Hill exhibit will run at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through May 2018.
Their exhibit joins a high-profile list of 2017 showcases at the Hall, including spotlights on Jason Aldean, Shania Twain and Loretta Lynn.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have three daughters, but two of them have moved out of the house to attend college, so Christmas will be extra special when they all return home for the holidays. Faith says, “They’ve already made their request about, ‘Are we going to have this, are we gonna have that set up where it was last year? Are you going to put out the village this year?’”
Fortunately, no matter how grown they are, Tim and Faith’s daughters still long for Christmastime at mom and dad’s. Tim says, “They’re hinting that just because we’re gone doesn’t mean you’re not going to do the house like you always do when they were kids. So they still want the house to look like it did when they lived there and they were kids. So they want to be able to come home and still feel like it always has to them.”
Tim and Faith’s youngest daughter, Audrey, is still living at home, and Tim jokes that she only has one request for Christmas. She wants to know, ‘Do the sisters have to come home for Christmas?’
Tim just celebrated his 42nd #1 song with Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All” reaching the top of the charts, and it looks like he could soon have his 43rd #1 with his latest single, “How I’ll Always Be,” before the end of the year.
Faith Hill – “They’ve already made their request about, ‘Are we going to have this, are we gonna have that set up where it was last year? Are you going to put out the village this year?’ They’re hinting…
Tim McGraw – “They’re hinting that just because we’re gone doesn’t mean you’re not going to do the house like you always do when they were kids. So they still want the house to look like it did when they lived there and they were kids. So they want to be able to come home and still feel like it always has to them.”
Faith – “So that’s important. We’ll make extra sure that that happens for sure. And for Audrey too. Lordy, she has made many requests about how the house should look.”
Tim – “Well her main request is, ‘Do the sisters have to come home for Christmas?’”
Today.com reported how Tim & Faith with the help of Tim’s mom spread some Christmas cheer in Florida.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill decided to spread a little Christmas cheer this week, sending a special Secret Santa to put smiles on the faces of a group of strangers.
McGraw’s mother, Betty Trimble, went to a Walmart in Macclenny, Florida, on Tuesday, paid off $5,000 worth of layaway items and also gave out some cash to a group of customers on behalf of the country music stars.
A customer named Jessica Lumpkin posted a picture on Facebook of cash inside a card reading “Merry Christmas, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.”
“I didn’t have anything on layaway, was just picking up a package and she gave me this,” Lumpkin wrote. “I’ve never had this happen to me. I’m glad I call Baker County my home.”
“It’s great that Tim and Faith’s generous giving has made Christmas brighter for some unsuspecting customers in our store,” Leslee Wright, the Walmart communications manager, told NBC Jacksonville affiliate First Coast News. “It’s an honor to be a small part of these random acts of kindness and see the joy on our customers’ faces.”
It’s the latest act of kindness from the country royalty. In August, McGraw surprised a couple by performing at their wedding, and last year he teamed up with Operation Homefront to give 36 mortgage-free homes to military veterans.
Since 2012, McGraw and the organization have provided more than 100 homes for military families.
She Shares Details of Unreleased Songs Now on Deep Tracks Collection
The new songs on Faith Hill‘s Deep Tracks album aren’t really new. They’ve just never been released until now.
But the last three recordings on the the compilation sound modern and fresh, regardless of when she recorded them.
Even “Why,” which Hill said she cut 12 years ago.
“I recorded ‘Why’ for the Fireflies album in 2004,” Hill shared on social media. “When it didn’t make the final cut for the album, Dann Huff, who produced the track, ended up recording it with Rascal Flatts, who released it in 2009. It is a very poignant song and still resonates today.”
The piano ballad, written by Rob Mathes and Allen Shamblin, is her husband Tim McGraw’s favorite song that she’s recorded.
And “Come to Jesus” is the closest Hill ever got to making her mother’s dreams of a gospel album come true.
“Three weeks ago today my mom passed away. Mom often asked if I would ever get around to recording a gospel album. That’s all she wanted to hear me sing. I’m thankful that she was able to hear this song before she took a seat on the glory train,” Hill wrote, dedicating “Come to Jesus” to her mother Edna Perry.
Of the other unreleased one, “Boy,” Hill wrote simply that it is one of her favorites “because it reminds me of my man. Hope you like it, too.”
She also shared some heartfelt words for the people at her label, Warner Bros Nashville, where she has been since signing in the early ’90s and releasing her debut album Take Me as I Am. Among them are former A&R executive Martha Sharpe (“the powerhouse who signed me”) and former label head Jim Ed Norman (“a true gem in our industry”).
“I would never have been able to be the artist that I have become at any other place on this planet,” she wrote. “It was Jim Ed’s idea to release ‘Breathe’ as the first single from the Breathe album.
“Even I, the risk taker, the rebel without walls, was nervous about that song being chosen as the first single. That decision changed the trajectory of my career. You allowed me to explore my musical growth as an artist without hesitation. I literally grew up as a woman and an artist in the protective arms of so many at Warner Bros. You never once questioned the fact that my family came first, and I will be forever grateful that I was lucky enough to be in such an environment.”
YES!!!!!!!!!!! We are finally getting a new album!
Twenty-three years after releasing her triple-platinum-selling debut album Take Me As I Am, Faith Hill will issue her final LP for Nashville’s Warner Bros. label. Deep Tracks, out November 18th, will compile several cuts from the pop-country superstar’s previous releases. The set will focus on some of Hill’s favorite non-singles including the Bruce Springsteen-penned “If I Should Fall Behind,” from the Grammy-winning crossover album, Breathe. Three previously unreleased tracks are also featured on the LP.
Of the new tracks, Hill chose the inspirational Chris Rice-penned “Come to Jesus” as a gift for her mother, “who has wanted me to record a gospel album for years.” She also notes that the tune is very personal for her family. “I recorded this song during the last couple of weeks that [her father-in-law] Tug McGraw battled with brain cancer,” she said in a release. “Tim played him my rough cut and Tug listened to it multiple times a day until his passing.” The song was also recently included on Love Remains, the gospel LP from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and her family.
“Boy” was one of the last tracks Hill cut for the label and the third unreleased cut, “Why,” is a long-time favorite of husband Tim McGraw. “It was and sadly still is today an important message.”
Last month, Hill and McGraw surprised fans with a performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, during which the couple announced Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017, which kicks off in New Orleans on April 7th, 2017. The 65-city tour celebrates the 10th anniversary of the record-breaking Soul2Soul II tour, the highest-grossing multi-year country music tour of all time. It will mark the first time Hill has toured since 2007.
Deep Tracks track listing:
“Better Days” (Faith)
“Somebody Stand By Me” (Faith)
“If I Should Fall Behind” (Breathe)
“If This Is the End” (Cry)
“Back to You” (Cry)
“If You Ask” (Fireflies)
“You Stay With Me” (Fireflies)
“Wish for You” (Fireflies)
“Boy” (previously unreleased)
“Why” (previously unreleased)
“Come to Jesus” (unreleased)
Last night Faith attended the CMA Awards. She looked gorgeous in a long sleeved grey Armani Prive gown which she accessorized with Christian Louboutin heels, a Tyler Ellis clutch, and Martin Katz & Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.
Sending our best wishes to Faith Hill and her family at this difficult time. Edna Perry passed away Sunday, October 30th at the age of 80 years old.
Mrs. Edna Perry, 80, of Star, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Visitation will be Monday evening, October 31st from 5pm until 8pm at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence, MS. Funeral Services will be private.
Mrs. Perry is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wesley L. “Ted” Perry, of Star; her sons, Wesley F. (Alicia) Perry, of Florence and Steve (Debby) Perry, of Franklin, TN; her daughter, Audrey F. (Samuel T.) McGraw, of Nashville, TN; 7 grandchildren, Holly (Matt) Lloyd, Thomas Adam (Hunter) Wilkinson, Jeff (Melissa) Perry, Katie Perry, Gracie McGraw, Maggie McGraw, and Audrey McGraw; 2 great grandchildren, Gage and Grey Lloyd; her sisters, Paula Bunch of Flowood, Sara Shannon of Columbus; her brother, Pat Thaggard of Dixon
Memorials may be made to Star Baptist Church Children’s Wing Renovation, PO Box 69, Star, MS 39167.
Ellen Tailor released this online exclusive of her interview with Tim & Faith!
It’s an interview you’ll only hear RIIIIIIGHT HERE! Country’s power couple, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, took time to talk with me about their upcoming tour, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, and of course, FOOTBALL!