On This Day: Faith Hill Drops ‘Faith’ Album in 1998

by Katie Maloney

Twenty-three years ago today, country music superstar Faith Hill released her third studio album, Faith.

Faith Hill released Faith on April 21, 1998. The album peaked in the number two spot on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart. Additionally, the album was certified six-times Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over six million copies in the United States. Faith included hit songs “Let Me Let Go,” “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me,” and “This Kiss.”

“This Kiss” was the debut single from the album. It soared to the number one spot on the charts and stayed there for three consecutive weeks. “This Kiss” also became Hill’s first Top 10 song on both the pop and adult contemporary charts. Additionally, “This Kiss” appeared in the 1998 hit movie Practical Magic, which starred Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.

“This Kiss” is about knowing what heartbreak is and isn’t. During the song, Faith Hill sings about the previous times she’s been hurt in a relationship and how what she currently feels is completely different. She sings, “It’s the way you love me, it’s a feeling like this. It’s centrifugal motion, it’s perpetual bliss. It’s that pivotal moment, it’s, ah, impossible. This kiss, this kiss (unstoppable). This kiss, this kiss.”

Even the music video for the song is adorable. The video features Hill jumping and dancing on giant CGI flowers along with butterflies and bees in a fantasy world. Fun fact: Faith Hill was pregnant with her second child while filming the video.

Faith Hill’s “This Kiss”

Certainly, Faith Hill has an unbelievably incredible voice. Record producers, movies, and even sports executives wanted to feature Hill’s voice in their projects. And they did!

In 2007, Hill became the voice of the theme song for NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast. She spent six years with the organization and recorded “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” for the broadcast. Faith Hill is also a fan of the Tennessee Titans. So, in 2000, she sang the national anthem for the Super Bowl. Her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was so popular, despite never being released as a single, it peaked at #35 on the Country charts after the terrorist attack of 2001.

Faith Hill’s husband, country superstar Tim McGraw obviously agreed with viewers’ opinions of Hill’s rendition of the song. Following Hill’s performance, McGraw took to Facebook to hype his wife. He wrote, “My favorite Super Bowl National Anthem. Faith Hill.”