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Tim McGraw Biography


Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

Curb Records

Tim McGraw Basic Facts:

Name: Samuel Timothy McGraw
Birthdate: May 1, 1967
Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Tim McGraw Quote on the Music Industry:

"I feel like I'm starting to get a handle on this business. I'm getting better. I have a lot to learn, but I think I'm getting a hold on it."

Tim McGraw Songwriting:

For most of his career, Tim McGraw did not write songs. But more recently, he has co-written two songs that have become hits - "My Little Girl," and "If You're Reading This." Tim records music from a variety of songwriters, such as Big Kenny's (Big & Rich) "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," Tony Martin & Mark Nesler's "Just To See You Smile," Rodney Crowell's "Please Remember Me," and Larry Johnson & Craig Martin's "Don't Take the Girl."

Musical Influences:

Bruce Springsteen, Little River Band, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, and George Strait.

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Tim McGraw Biography:

Samuel Timothy McGraw was born on May 1, 1967 in Delhi, Louisiana. He was raised by his mother, Betty and the man he believed to be his father, Horace Smith. At the age of 11, Tim found his birth certificate while looking through is mother's closet to find pictures for a school project. It was here where he saw that Horace Smith wasn't his dad, but he was actually the son of major league baseball star Tug McGraw.

After graduating high school, Tim attended Northeast Louisiana University, where he studied sports medicine. He also had an interest in music, and played in a band called the Electones.

Beginning of a Career

In 1989, Tim moved to Nashville, where he was signed by Curb Records. His self-titled debut was released in 1992. The first single was "Welcome to the Club," a minor hit, but the album wasn't very successful.

Some people may have been down after their first album failed to succeed, but Tim continued on, and his second album, Not a Moment Too Soon ended up being worth the wait. The first single was "Indian Outlaw," which stirred up a lot of controversy with Native Americans. But that sparked its popularity, and with it, Tim had his first Top 10 song, as it peaked at No. 8.

First Number One

As exciting as it was to have a Top 10 song, it was nothing compared to having a No. 1. The second single, "Don't Take the Girl" did just that. But the album did even more than give Tim his first No. 1. It also gave him his second No. 1, as the title cut rose to the top of the charts. There were also two more Top 5 songs, and Not a Moment Too Soon eventually sold over 5 million copies.

In 1995, McGraw released All I Want, which kept his career moving with forward momentum, with two more No. 1 songs in "I Like It, I Love It" and "She Never Lets It Go To Her Heart." In 1996, McGraw headlined the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, which is where he met Faith Hill. The two dated, and married in October of that year.

Duets with Faith are Magic

In 1997, Tim released Everywhere, which contained the duet with wife Faith, "It's Your Love." The single sat at the top of the charts for a record six straight weeks, and earned the couple CMA Musical Event of the Year, ACM Single, and Video of the Year, CMT gave it the Video of the Year award. And the album won Tim the ACM Album of the Year.

Everywhere also earned Tim three more No. 1 songs, with the title track, "Just to See You Smile," and "Where the Green Grass Grows."

In 1999, Tim released A Place in the Sun, followed by his first Greatest Hits album in 2000. 2000 was also the year for the first Soul 2 Soul tour with Faith. The tour earned over 49.6 million and ranked as the top country tour of the year.

By 2002, Tim was a huge star, and as such, when he wanted to do something different in the recording of his album, the label allowed him the freedom to do so. His idea was to have his band, the Dancehall Doctors play on the album. That release was "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors."

In 2004, Tim reached another milestone in his career with the album Live Like You Were Dying. Tim performed the title track, about a man who knew he was dying, and decided to live his life to the fullest on the 2004 ACM Awards. This came just after Tim's father Tug McGraw passed away from brain cancer. The performance was mesmerizing, and the song went on to spend seven non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the charts.

In 2004, Tim also gave acting a try, appearing in Black Cloud, and later in Friday Night Lights. He also starred in the 2006 film Flicka.

Tim reunited with Faith for another tour called Soul2Soul II in 2006, which became the No. 1 country tour of the year. He also released Let It Go.

Knowing a good thing, the husband-wife team gave it one more try with their final Soul2Soul Tour in 2007.

Tim McGraw Today

In 2008, Tim headlined the Live Your Voice Tour, and will release his third Greatest Hits collection in the Fall of 2008.

With thirty-one No. 1 songs to his name, and over 40 million in record sales, Tim McGraw just keeps getting better all the time.

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