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90's Country Icons: Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw quickly became one of the premiere faces of country music during the '90s. With his playful hit songs and charisma, the singer has since developed into a cross-industry star. He has appeared in several films and TV shows, most recently in the prequel to Yellowstone called 1883. His marriage to fellow country singer Faith Hill has also made him universally known. Let's take a look back at how McGraw helped shape country music in the '90s.

His story began in interesting fashion in Louisiana. McGraw grew up believing that his mother's husband, Horace Smith, was his father. The couple divorced when he was nine. Some time later, McGraw discovered his birth certificate where his father's occupation was listed as "baseball player," and the name was scribbled out. His mother then told him that his father was Tug Mcgraw, who had played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.. The two would not have a close relationship, but would be in and out of each other's lives.


McGraw began college by taking pre-law classes after giving up on his baseball dreams. Enjoying parties more than classes, he became more interested in music. Soon after that, he decided to quit school and head to Nashville. Arriving in 1989, he began picking up gigs around town before signing with Curb Records about a year later. 1993 saw his self-titled debut album, but it didn't come with much success. It wasn't until he toured the album that he started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.


With his second album in 1994, McGraw was making a name for himself. Not A Moment Too Soon went no. 1 and included the no. 1 single "Don't Take The Girl." He earned ACM and CMT awards for this effort. He went from performing in honky tonks to headlining a major tour. 1995 saw the bum All I Want. "I Like It, I Love It" would be an instant classic, though many within the industry criticized his music as not having enough depth. The following year while on the Spontaneous Combustion Tour, he proposed to his opening act, Faith Hill. By 1997, he proved he had cross-over appeal. The album Everywhere proved to be another hit which included the song "It's Your Love."