One of the biggest names in country music today started his music career in the early 1990s with little fanfare. Tim McGraw may have started slow, but his popularity moved into high gear a few years later, and has never slowed down. Songs like “Not a Moment Too Soon,” “My Next Thirty Years,” and “She Never Lets it Go to Her Heart” are a sampling of McGraw’s 30 #1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country 100 chart. Not only is McGraw a solo country music superstar, but he is also a superstar as a duo performer, and as an actor on the big screen.
Tim McGraw will perform on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair’s 2012 Concert Series, Presented by Columbia Bank. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 10:00 a.m. on the Fair website, www.thefair.com/concerts or by phone (888) 559-FAIR (3247) daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $95 – $50. All seats are reserved and include Fair gate admission.
While Tim McGraw grew up in Start, Louisiana, he didn’t know that his baseball hero, Tug McGraw was also his father until he was 11 years old. His love for baseball continued into college, attending Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship. By 1989 his love for music outweighed college studies, and he moved to Nashville to sing the club circuit. He landed a record deal in 1992, and his debut single, “Welcome to the Club,” was a minor hit. A self-titled album followed, but did not make the charts.
The year 1994 brought positive changes for Tim McGraw. His album Not a Moment Too Soon brought with it hit single, “Indian Outlaw,” which reached the country Top Ten charts, and crossed over to the pop Top 20. His next single, “Don’t Take the Girl,” hit the top of the country charts, and made the pop Top 20. The album kept spinning hits, selling over five million copies, topping the country and pop album charts. It was the best-selling country album of the year.
His next album, All I Want continued in the same fashion, with number one hits “I Like It, I Love It,” and “She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart.” When he was on the touring circuit in 1996 a female country artist was his opening act, Faith Hill. At the end of the tour, the country duo married, and since that time have three daughters.
Everywhere received multi-platinum success, and A Place in the Sun went triple platinum in 1999. Set This Circus Down was released in 2001, and went #1 in country, and #2 in pop. The album also brought McGraw four #1 hits, including “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” and “Angry All the Time.” In total, 11 of his albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard country album chart, and he has sold over 40 million albums.
He and his wife won Grammy Awards in 2001 and 2006 for their duos, “Let’s Make Love” and “Like We Never Loved At All.” His song “Live Like You Were Dying,” which was a tribute to his late father, won both Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2004 CMA Awards. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording.
In total, McGraw has received three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, and 10 American Music Awards.
Tim McGraw is an equally accomplished actor. His first film was in 2004, “Friday Night Lights,” followed two years later by “Flicka,” then “The Kingdom” and “Four Christmases.” He costarred in “The Blind Side” with Sandra Bullock, and was featured in the 2011 release, “Country Strong” with Gwynneth Paltrow.
In January 2012, “Better Than I Used to Be” and “Felt Good on My Lips” were pre-release singles for album Emotional Traffic, two years after it was completed and delivered to his now former label. For more information, visit www.timmcgraw.com.
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