on its best day, Hollywood couldn't have conjured up this amazing
woman. Faith Hill is a blond, drop-dead gorgeous superstar whose
seven-year career has marked one of the music industry's most successful
and steady climbs. She has sold nearly 20 million records worldwide
and earned ten #1 singles and eleven #1 videos. Her latest album,
"Breathe," debuted at #1 on both Billboard's Top 200 and
Country Album Charts and produced two crossover hits: "Breathe"
and "The Way You Love Me."
only is Faith all over the radio dial, she has also become CoverGirl
Cosmetics' freshest face. Oh, and her hunky husband is none other
than country star Tim McGraw, with whom she has two little girls.
just to top it off, at the American Music Awards in January, Faith
was named favorite female artist and favorite female country artist,
"Breathe" was named best country album...and Tim was tapped
as favorite male country artist.
all of her success, Faith hasn't forgotten the bottom line
her fans. "There's got to be something for the fans to connect
to in order for them to go out and spend their hard-earned money
on a Faith Hill recording," says Faith, adding that her music
today reflects her love for country, pop, gospel and R&B. "I'm
constantly thinking about them. I hope they realize that and like
the direction that I am going."
33-year-old diva has come a long way from Mississippi, where she
was born on Sept. 21 to a single mother and subsequently adopted
by factory worker Pat Perry and his wife Edna. Faith discovered
music early in life, making her public debut at age 10 at a woman's
club luncheon. After graduating from high school in 1986, she enrolled
in junior college but was soon lured away by Nashville.
exactly bursting onto the scene in "Music City," she held
many jobs, from working as a receptionist to packaging merchandise
for Reba McEntire's company. She had a short-lived marriage to songwriter
Dan Hill. Eventually, Faith landed a job as a backup singer and
one fortuitous night in 1992, she was spotted by an executive from
Warner Bros. Records. Her career was launched.
1993, her debut album "Take Me As I Am" was released and
went double platinum. She made country music history in 1994 when
she became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard's
#1 position for four consecutive weeks with her single "Wild
One." The nominations and awards rolled in throughout the 1990s,
culminating with her three honors last January.
and Faith married in 1996. Their daughter Gracie Katherine was born
in 1997, followed by Maggie Elizabeth the next year. They took the
girls with them in a customized bus on their "Soul 2 Soul Tour
2000," which drew more than one million fans and 45 million
dollars. Faith says if she couldn't have her kids with her on the
road, she wouldn't be on the road.
all the hoopla, Faith remains dedicated to helping others, particularly
through children's charities. She recorded "For Our Children
Too," a benefit album for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She's
bowled and played softball to raise money for St Jude Children's
Research Hospital. Last December, Faith and Tim performed a benefit
concert to support the families of the 17 American sailors killed
in the bombing of the USS Cole in November 2000.
the charity that is most dear to her heart is the Faith Hill Family
Literacy Project, launched in 1996. Faith's father Pat, one of 14
children, quit school after the fourth grade to support his family.
He couldn't read. Her father's plight prompted Faith to design a
project to combat illiteracy. She urges fans to donate books at
just how does she handle stardom, marriage and motherhood? "It's
a challenge," she says. "I'm learning how to take time
for myself. Frankly, the thing that I want most out of life is normality."
favorite expression is borrowed from Edith Piaf, "la vie en
rose" (life in the pink). It is something that Faith tries
to accomplish for herself, her fans and those close to her. "Each
day I try to get as much out of life as I can, to keep it real,
sincere and very honest," she says. "Hopefully people
can get that from my music. And if I'm lucky, one day there will
be a little spot carved away somewhere that says I made a contribution."
From the Spring 2001 issue.
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