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Faith Hill Interview - November 2008

Faith opens up about a variety of topics, including her new Christmas album.


Faith Hill

Faith Hill

Russell James
Faith Hill is one of the biggest female country stars of the '90s and '00s. She's charted 11 #1 songs on both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts over the course of her career thus far. With seven studio albums and a Greatest Hits package, she's sold over 25 million albums.

Faith's latest project is her first Christmas album, called Joy to the World. She spoke with us about her holiday album, among other things. Read what she had to say below.

AboutCountry: What made you decide to record a Christmas album now?

Faith Hill: I have wanted to record a Christmas album for as long as I can remember, even before I ever had a record deal. It is my favorite season. This time was the right time for many reasons. I was able to work with David Campbell for the arrangements. His schedule, along with my producers and, of course, mine, just all came together to be able to get everything done and release it this year.

AboutCountry: What made you want to go with a big band orchestra sound for your Christmas album?

Faith Hill: This sound is just what I think of when I think of Christmas. I have hundreds of Christmas albums, but the ones with the 1950s orchestra sound is what I like the best.

AboutCountry: Did you find working on the album over a two-year period to be more difficult than previous, shorter projects?

Faith Hill: This was, by far, the easiest project I have ever worked on because I knew what I wanted before I ever got into the studio to start recording. David, Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff and I talked about the arrangements, how we would record everything and all of the other small details that go into creating music. We were prepared. I wanted this to be a real Christmas experience from beginning to end.

AboutCountry: There is one new song on Joy to the World. What made you choose "A Baby Changes Everything" to be that special track?

Faith Hill: I have always said I would have a Christmas album full of only classics. That was until I heard "A Baby Changes Everything." It is powerful. It tells the story of baby Jesus from Mary's point of view as a young girl.

AboutCountry: What do you think is the most important lesson that kids should learn today?

Faith Hill: There are many lessons to learn. Naming just one is next to impossible. However, learning to love and be loved is a good starting point. It will encompass much.

AboutCountry: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

Faith Hill: Milk Duds with the biggest Coca-Cola and popcorn at the movie theater.

AboutCountry: What would you say was your proudest career achievement?

Faith Hill: Wow, there have been some great moments. One of the best was singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl where our hometown Tennessee Titans made it to the final game.

AboutCountry: What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?

Faith Hill: Honest, loyal and understanding.

AboutCountry: Was there ever someone you've met that really made a difference in your life, be they personal or professional?

Faith Hill: Yes, the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They are warriors. The people, children and adults, of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans who were displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. These people are the real heroes. Overcoming everything to just survive, still with the human spirit strong.

AboutCountry: Has there ever been a cause that you wish you had more time to get involved in?

Faith Hill: Oh yes. Foster care in this country must be addressed. That will be my calling when I am able to give more time. It must change. It is a system that is broken and needs updating. We have the resources, and it is now time to put them into the 21st century, so we can give those children the same chance in life that every other child has.

AboutCountry: Is there a musical instrument that you wish you could play?

Faith Hill: The electric guitar.

AboutCountry: What is your favorite childhood memory?

Faith Hill: Playing outside all day until dark.

AboutCountry: If you had to be stuck in an elevator with someone other than family, who would it be and why?

Faith Hill: I am claustrophobic, so I can't even think about this one!

Our thanks to Faith Hill for taking the time to answer our questions.

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