"Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw" (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. With many of his albums and singles topping the country music charts, Tim has achieved total album sales in excess of 40 million units. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw. His trademark hit songs include "Indian Outlaw", "Don't Take the Girl", "I Like It, I Love It", "Something Like That", "It's Your Love" (featuring his wife, Faith Hill), and "Live Like You Were Dying".
McGraw had eleven consecutive albums to debut at Number One on the "Billboard" albums charts; Thirty-one singles to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country 100 chart; three singles named the #1 country song of the year; ("It's Your Love", "Just To See You Smile", and "Live Like You Were Dying") Won 3 Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards and 3 People's Choice Awards. Ranked as one of the top five in all genres of music, his Soul2Soul II tour with Faith Hill became the highest-grossing tour in country music history.
McGraw has ventured into acting, with a supporting role in the Billy Bob Thornton film "Friday Night Lights", "The Kingdom", and a lead role in 2006's "Flicka". He is also a minority owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats.
Tim McGraw was born "Samuel Timothy McGraw" in Delhi, Louisiana, a town in Richland Parish, the son of a waitress, Elizabeth (Betty) Ann D'Agostino, and a relief pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies, Frank Edwin McGraw Jr. also known as Tug McGraw. McGraw is 25% Italian and 25% Irish on his mother's side and Scots-Irish descent on his father's side.
==="All I Want"===
"All I Want", released in 1995, continued his run of success, debuting at number one on the country charts. The album sold over two million copies and reached the top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached number one on the country charts as the leadoff single, while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. "Can't Be Really Gone", "All I Want is a Life", and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" were all top 5 hits. McGraw chose to use his own touring band in order to recognize their part in
his success and to capture some of the feel of a real band. Several radio stations began to play the live recording of the song; as a result, it entered the Hot Country Songs chart at #35.
McGraw also produced the debut album of country music duo Halfway to Hazard
. The duo's first single, "Daisy", peaked at #39 on the country charts in Summer of 2007.
In the summer of 2007 McGraw and Hill toured together once again in the Soul2Soul 2007 tour.
In the January 18, 2008 edition of the USA Today newspaper, McGraw was featured on the Def Leppard album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge and has co-written the first single, "Nine Lives", with Def Leppard band members Joe Elliott, Phil Collen and Rick Savage. The unusual pairing goes back to 2006 when McGraw joined Def Leppard onstage for the song "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and then collaborated on the song "Nine Lives" afterward. The album has a release date of May 6, 2008.
In May 2008 he hit the road with the Live Your Voice Tour. The mainly outdoor arena concert tour will be his first solo outing in nearly three years. Also in May 2008, he debuted a new song off of his follow-up to Let It Go at the Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California.
In July 2008, Tim McGraw's new single and the title track of his album, "Let It Go," was released to country radio. Tim McGraw released his third greatest hits package, "Greatest Hits 3" on October 7, 2008. The album features 12 tracks. No new material was recorded for the compilation. A new album of all new material was scheduled for release in October, but has since been pushed back to 2009.
McGraw's first acting appearance came in a 1995 episode of The Jeff Foxworthy Show, where he played Foxworthy's rival.
In 2004 McGraw played a sheriff in Rick Schroder's independent release "Black Cloud". Later in the same year, McGraw received good notices as the overbearing father of a running back in the major studio Texas high school football drama "Friday Night Lights". The "Dallas Observer" said the role was "played with unexpected ferocity by country singer Tim McGraw." The movie went on to gross over $60 million dollars worldwide at the box office and sold millions in the DVD market. Most recently it was named one of the top 50 high school movies of all time (number 37) by Entertainment Weekly.
McGraw's first lead role was in the 2006 film "Flicka", which was released in theatres October 20, 2006. In the remake of the classic book "My Friend Flicka", McGraw played the father, Rob, costarring with Alison Lohman and Maria Bello. The family-friendly movie debuted in the top 10 list and has grossed over 25 Million dollars at the box office. McGraw again achieved critical acclaim for his acting.
Shortly before "Flicka" opened McGraw received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star is located at 6901 Hollywood Blvd. near stars in the sidewalk honoring Julie Andrews, William Shatner and the late Greta Garbo. One of his "Flicka" co-stars, Alison Lohman, attended the ceremony that included comments from Billy Bob Thornton, McGraw's co-star in the film, Friday Night Lights.
In addition to acting in "Flicka", McGraw served as executive producer of the soundtrack album, which was released by his record label, StyleSonic Records, in association with Curb Records and Fox 2000 films. It featured the closing credit song "My Little Girl", one of the first two songs that McGraw recorded that he also co-wrote (the other being "I've Got Friends That Do," both of which were included on "Greatest Hits Vol. 2"). The song was nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics for "Best Song" in a film, and the movie was nominated in the category "Best Family Film (Live Action). The movie proved to be another huge success in the DVD market and has sold over a million copies, debuting at number 3 on the DVD sales chart. name="flickaboxoffice"/>
McGraw also had a small part in the Michael Mann-produced 2007 film The Kingdom
. McGraw played a bitter, angered, widower whose wife was killed in the terrorist attack the movie revolves around.
As his success has grown, McGraw has become increasingly interested in giving back to the community. When McGraw first reached fame in 1994 he established his annual Swampstock event. Begun as a charity softball game to raise money for hometown little league programs, the event now includes a celebrity softball game and a multi-artist concert that attracts over 11,000 fans per year. The combined events have funded new little league parks and equipment and established college scholarship funds for students in the Northeast Louisiana area.
From 1996-1999 McGraw also hosted an annual New Year's Eve concert in Nashville with special guests including Jeff Foxworthy, the Dixie Chicks, and Martina McBride. The 1997 show raised over $100,000 for the Country Music Foundation Hall of Fame and Museum. Beginning in 1999, McGraw would pick select cities on each tour, and, the night before he was scheduled to perform, would choose a local club and host a quickly-organized show. This tour within a tour became known as "The Bread and Water Tour", and all proceeds from the show would go to a charity from that community. name="awareness"/>
In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, McGraw and his wife, who was raised in Mississippi, joined groups taking supplies to Gulfport, Mississippi. The two also hosted several charity concerts to benefit those who were displaced by the storm. 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.
McGraw is also a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet,, in which various celebrities donate their time, skills, and fame to help the Red Cross highlight important initiatives and response efforts.
McGraw, a Democrat, has stated that he would one day like to run for public office in the future, possibly for Senate or governor of Tennessee, his home state. In the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton.
McGraw has helped out with charity events held by NFL Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The Favre Forward Foundation has featured McGraw (and at other times Faith Hill) performing concerts during dinners and auctions that benefit children with disabilities in Wisconsin and Mississippi. (One instance is recorded on Favre's official website
On July 12th, 2007, it was made public that McGraw and his wife Faith Hill, while in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a performance, donated $5000 to Kailey Kozminski, 3 year-old daughter of Officer Robert Kozminski, a Grand Rapids police officer who was killed on July 8, 2007 while responding to a domestic disturbance.
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*Gray, Scott. "Perfect Harmony: the Faith Hill & Tim McGraw Story". 1st ed. Ballantine Books, 1999. ISBN 0345434129
*McGraw, Tim. "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors: This is Ours". Atria Books, 2002. ISBN 074346706X
*Nichols, Tim, and Craig Wiseman. "Live Like You Were Dying". Rutledge Hill P, 2004. ISBN 1401602126
*Trimble, Betty "McMom". "A Mother's Story". D'Agostino/Dahlhauser/Ditmore Pub, 1996. ISBN 1886371326
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