Chemistry onstage boosts Faith and Tim tour
LAS VEGAS - The love story of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill started on a tour two decades ago, and that sparkling chemistry onstage has made them one of the genre’s biggest headliners.
The country couple with movie star glamour have sold over 63 million albums in the U.S. between their two careers, have earned two Grammys for duets they sang together and have three children.
This year, they are releasing their first-ever duet album together and started the third installment of their highly successful Soul2Soul World Tour (it was launched last week).
“I haven’t been on a stage like this in 10 years, and that is no lie,” Hill said of the tour. “I can tell you right now I am fired up.”
During an Associated Press interview with the couple before their rehearsal at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas earlier this month, Hill and McGraw were giddy with anticipation.
“She’s ready to turn it loose,” McGraw said.
“Age is not an issue,” added Hill, who together with her husband will be turning 50 during the tour that runs through October.
The Mississippi-born Hill and the Louisiana-born McGraw fell in love when she opened for him on his 1996 Spontaneous Combustion tour, and they married that year.
In 2000, the first Soul2Soul tour grossed $48.8 million, making it the best-grossing country tour in North America that year, according to Pollstar. The Soul2Soul II tour was even more successful, grossing $88.8 million in 2006, which made it the third-highest-grossing North American tour that year.
McGraw credited their success on the road to the fact that they are very different singers who push each other to expand their ranges onstage.
“Faith, I would say, is more of an R&B, sort of gospel-inspired singer,” McGraw said. “And I think I am more a ’70s rock, arena rock, Merle Haggard meets arena rock kind of singer. She brings me a little bit more to the R&B side, and I bring her more to the arena rock side, and I think it creates a sort of magic.”
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform “Speak to a Girl” at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.