Country music and pop superstar Faith Hill was born Audrey Faith Perry on 21 September 1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and was raised by her adoptive parents, Edna and Ted Perry, in Star, twenty-five miles southeast of Jackson, along with two brothers in a devout Christian family. As she sang in church, family and neighbors took note of her vocal talent, and before long she was performing wherever the town afforded her the opportunity. By the time she was in high school, she knew she wanted a career singing country music.
After briefly attending Hines Junior College, Perry moved to Nashville in 1987, holding a series of jobs that included a stint as a receptionist at singer Gary Morris’s company. She was overheard singing along with the radio and became a demo singer for the company as well as a backing vocalist for Gary Burr, performing with him at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. During this time, she married and divorced music publisher Daniel Hill. An executive with Warner Bros. Records heard Hill’s work and signed her to a contract.
In 1993 Warner Bros. released her first album, Take Me as I Am, which produced two No. 1 hits, “Wild One” and “Piece of My Heart.” Hill’s subsequent recordings have yielded numerous hits, including chart-toppers “It Matters to Me,” “This Kiss,” “Let Me Let Go,” “Breathe,” “The Way You Love Me,” and “Mississippi Girl.” She has released six studio albums and two compilations and has had forty-one singles appear on the Billboard Country Chart. Her albums have sold more than forty million copies worldwide, and she has achieved pop crossover success as well.
In 1996 Hill teamed with Tim McGraw for a concert tour: they married on 6 October of that year. In 1997, their first vocal collaboration, “It’s Your Love,” topped the country charts. The pair have recorded other songs together and toured jointly again in 2006 and 2007, with tremendous success. They also have three daughters.
Hill has won five Grammy awards and numerous Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards. In December 2015 she was honored with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail at the corner of Mangum and Main Street in Star.
Hill has also become an actress, performing on television in Promised Land and Touched by an Angel and in a 2004 movie, The Stepford Wives, and in 2015’s critically acclaimed Dixieland. From 2007 to 2012, Hill performed the opening theme song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and she sang the national anthem before Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. In 2015 it was announced that Hill would become executive producer of a new Nashville-based daytime talk show. Hill and McGraw’s philanthropic efforts have included support for literacy programs, Hurricane Katrina relief, and a benefit concert for victims of a devastating 2010 Nashville flood.
- James L. Dickenson, Faith Hill: Piece of My Heart (2001)
- Faith Hill website, www.faithhill.com
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- Joel Whitburn, Top Country Songs: 1944 to 2005 (2006)