Like many Mississippi entertainers, Faith Hill’s first singing experience came as a child at a 4-H luncheon and then continued in her family’s church, located in her small hometown.
She learned to play the guitar by the age of 16 and had her own country band playing at fairs and rodeos in the Mississippi area.
She graduated from high school in 1986 and after spending a year at Hinds Community College, she moved to Nashville to pursue her love of music.
Like most aspiring singers, Faith worked at various jobs in Music City before her singing career took off.
She supplemented her work in Nashville by singing backup at the famous Bluebird Café.
One night, an executive from Warner Brothers Records was in the audience and was impressed by her talent and began the process of signing her to a recording contract.
Hill’s first album, “Take Me As I Am,” became Billboard’s no. 1 album for four consecutive weeks in 1994, mainly due to the hit single, “Wild One.”
While touring with a country singer from across the River in Louisiana, Tim McGraw, a love affair began. They were married on October 6, 1996.
The couple has three daughters and they have successfully been a family together while both have a superstar career.
Faith Hill’s accomplishments are far too numerous to list in this short story, but to name a few, she has been honored by the Grammy, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, the American Music Awards and the People’s Choice in 2001.
She was named one of the most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal in 2009.
Billboard named her the no. 1 Adult Contemporary Artist of the decade.
No doubt, this beautiful, young talented “Mississippi Girl” has tremendous Mississippi Star Power and will soon be inducted into the Mississippi Entertainment Hall of Fame, as well as her Star placed on the Walk of Fame in Meridian, where she also has served as honorary spokesperson for the MAEC for the past several years.
Be sure and stay tuned now for our next edition of Mississippi Star Power!
Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center; www.msarts.org