FAITH HILL, September 21, 1967-

Faith Hill typifies the 1990s wave of best-selling solo singers found in the pop-rock and country genres. Possessing cover girl good looks and a smooth, processed vocal style perfect for crossing over to the pop charts, she has become one of the top media stars of the new millennium, a familiar figure in magazine celebrity bios, posters, and television ads.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Hill began singing in a variety of settings at an early age. Interested in emulating Reba McEntire’s career as a country artist, she moved to Nashville at age nineteen. After working in a number of temporary positions (e.g., selling T-shirts at Fan Fair), she made her performing debut with songwriter Gary Burr. Securing a recording contract with Warner Bros., her first single—"Wild One" (Warner Bros.; co-produced by Burr)—spent four weeks at number one on the country singles charts in the fall of 1993. Her debut album, Take Me As I Am (Warner Bros.; 1994) also did well, reaching the country Top Ten and earning a gold record for million dollar sales.

Follow-up albums—It Matters to Me (Warner Bros. 45872; 1995), Faith (Warner Bros. 47690, 1998; #7), and Breathe (Warner Bros. 47871; 1999; #1)—have maintained Hill’s upward career trajectory, most notably, find increasingly greater success abroad (particularly Asia) and with a mainstream pop audience. Further media attention has been generated by her storybook marriage to dashing country star, Tim McGraw. She has also branched out into other projects, providing background vocals for the recordings of Matraca Berg, Vince Gill, McGraw, and others, in addition to appearing on film soundtracks—Maverick (1994), Practical Magic (1998), Prince of Egypt (1998), and Grinch (2000); the TV special, King of the Hill (1999); and the Carole King tribute album, Tapestry Revisited (1995).

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