Audrey Faith McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer and record producer. She is one of the most successful country artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Hill is married to American singer Tim McGraw, with whom she has recorded several duets. Take a look below for 32 more fun and fascinating facts about Faith Hill.
1. Hill was born in Ridgeland, Mississippi, north of Jackson, Mississippi.
2. She was adopted as an infant, and named Audrey Faith Perry.
3. She was raised in the nearby town of Star, 20 miles outside of Jackson.
4. Her adoptive parents, Edna and Ted Perry, raised her with their two biological sons in a devout Christian environment.
5. Hill’s vocal talent was apparent early, and she had her first public performance, at a 4-H luncheon, when she was seven.
6. In 1976, a few days before her 9th birthday, she attended a concert by Elvis Presley at the State Fair Coliseum, in Jackson, which impressed her deeply.
7. By the time she was a teenager, Hill was a regular performer at area churches, even those not in her own Baptist denomination.
8. At 17, Hill formed a band that played in local rodeos.
9. She graduated from McLaurin Attendance Center in 1986, and briefly attended college at Hinds Junior College (now Hinds Community College) in Raymond, Mississippi.
10. At times, she sang for prisoners at the Hinds County Jail, her song of choice being “Amazing Grace”.
11. At age 19 she quit school to move to Nashville and pursue her dream of being a country singer.
12. In her early days in Nashville, Hill auditioned to be a backup singer for Reba McEntire, but failed to secure the job.
13. After a stint selling T-shirts, Hill became a secretary at a music publishing firm.
14. Hill also landed a job at a local McDonald’s restaurant franchise, which she disliked intensely. “Fries, burgers, cash register – I did it all, I hated it,” she has said.
15. In 1988, she married music publishing executive Daniel Hill (not to be confused with Canadian musician Dan Hill).
16. A co-worker heard Hill singing to herself one day, and soon the head of her music publishing company was encouraging her to become a demo singer for the firm.
17. She supplemented this work by singing backup vocals for songwriter Gary Burr, who often performed his new songs at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. During one of those performances, Martha Sharp, an executive from Warner Bros. Records was in the audience, and, impressed with Hill’s voice, began the process of signing her to a recording contract.
18. Shortly after the release of her album, Hill’s marriage fell apart. She and Daniel Hill divorced in 1994.
19. Hill’s debut album was Take Me as I Am (1993); sales were strong, buoyed by the chart success of “Wild One”.
20. Hill became the first female country singer in 30 years to hold Billboard’s number one position for four consecutive weeks when “Wild One” managed the feat in 1994.
21. Her version of “Piece of My Heart”, also went to the top of the country charts in 1994.
22. The album sold a total of 3 million copies.
23. In 1997, Hill guest starred in a three episode arc of popular television series Touched by an Angel and its subsequent spin-off series, Promised Land, which marked her acting debut.
24. In 2002 it was rumored that Faith had won the role of Julia Compton Moore, the wife of LTC Hal Moore, played by Mel Gibson, in the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers. The role was ultimately played by Madeline Stowe.
25. Hill’s film debut was in the summer of 2004, when she co-starred with Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, and Glenn Close in director Frank Oz’s remake of the 1975 thriller The Stepford Wives.
26. In 2015, Hill appeared in the more critically acclaimed independent crime drama film Dixieland.
27. On October 14, 2015, it was announced that Hill would be an executive producer for a new lifestyle television program with former Oprah executive producer Lisa Erspamer. The show, called Pickler & Ben, debuted in mid-2017, features Kellie Pickler & Ben Aaron as hosts and is filmed in Nashville.
28. In October 2009, Hill released her first fragrance titled Faith Hill Parfums. The fragrance is a blend of Southern Magnolia, Jasmine and Peach Pears.
29. Hill used her 1999 tour to support a national children’s book drive, The Faith Hill Family Literacy Project. The charity was inspired by Faith’s father, who faced challenges with literacy.
30. In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Hill and her husband, Tim McGraw, who was raised in Louisiana, joined groups taking supplies to Gulfport, Mississippi. The two also hosted several charity concerts to benefit those who were displaced by the storm.
31. Later in the year the couple established the Neighbor’s Keeper Foundation, which provides funding for community charities to assist with basic humanitarian services in the event of a natural disaster or for desperate personal circumstances.
32. In June 2010, Hill, along with her husband Tim McGraw, organized Nashville Rising, a benefit concert aimed to raise $2 million for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in response to the flood in early May that killed 22 people and caused $2 billion in damage.