Tim McGraw shared a Throwback Thursday video via Twitter that featured 20-something-year-old Faith Hill talking about her big break.
Tim’s succinct caption summed up his feelings for his wife of 24 years: “My girl @FaithHill.”
“It almost sounds, ya know, like a fairy tale, but I was singing around the office one day . . . and this songwriter was there and overheard me singing,” said Faith in the clip, which looks to be from the early 1990s. “He said, ‘I knew you had other aspirations besides going to college here and besides being a receptionist at this office.’ He said, ‘I want you to do a demo for me. I want to see what you sound like.’ So that basically at that point started my demo career.”
Leap of Faith
Faith Hill was just a teenager when she moved from Mississippi to Nashville in 1987. Before she became one of the Top 20 best-selling country artist of all time, she worked as a receptionist at the publishing office of singer/actor Gary Morris.
“The writer asked me to sing one of his songs on a demo tape, and when he played it for Gary, the doors started to open for me,” said Faith to Country Weekly magazine in 1994. “Gary told me, ‘Young lady, you need to get out from behind that desk and do what you came here to do.'”
Faith soon landed a merchandising job with Reba McEntire’s company and started singing in clubs around Nashville. The rest, as they say, is history.
Faith released her debut album, Take Me as I Am, in 1993. The album has been certified by the RIAA as 3X Platinum for sales of more than 3 million units. But that was just the start. Subsequent albums from the 1990s include It Matters to Me (4X Platinum), Faith (6X Platinum) and Breathe (8X Platinum). Faith was officially one of the biggest stars in country music.
Of course, she married Tim McGraw in 1996. Together, they welcomed three daughters and became one of country music’s most beloved super-couples.