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Tim McGraw is one of the most popular and long-lived country artists on the charts today. Born in Louisiana, McGraw grew up as an active, athletic kid, unsurprising given that his father was a relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. While studying sports medicine at Northeast Louisiana University, he fooled around in a few bands but didn�t really make a serious stab at pursuing a musical career until 1989, when the death of country music bad boy Keith Whitley caused him to reconsider his future.

Through a connection of his father�s he managed to score a deal with Curb Records the following year, but his first record failed to set the world on fire. Still, he persevered and was rewarded with his second effort Not a Moment Too Soon. Released in 1994, the album would define McGraw�s status as part of a new breed of country stars who could not only appeal to traditional fans of that music but also create music that was universal enough to receive popular attention. �Don�t Take the Girl�, which hit number one on the country charts, and �Indian Outlaw� both crossed over to the top 20 on the pop charts. Three more top five singles established McGraw as one of country music�s brightest lights and helped propel Not a Moment Too Soon on its way to becoming the best selling country album of 1994.

Not one to disappoint his fans, McGraw�s success continued with the release of his next two albums, All I Want and Everywhere in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Both of these records would match the success of Not a Moment Too Soon in both the country and pop arenas, and McGraw managed to create a further media storm with a highly publicized marriage to country diva Faith Hill in 1996. McGraw rode out the 90�s by collaborating with his wife on the track �Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me� in 1998 and going triple platinum in 1999 with his number one album A Place In The Sun.

Tim McGraw managed to straddle the pop and country line through the 2000�s, winning a Grammy with his wife in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. By keeping things fresh through unlikely musical partnerships like that with hip hop artist Nelly and hard rock act Def Leppard, and by steadily maintaining his musical course and resisting the temptation to dilute his sound, McGraw has managed to maintain the respect of both fans and fellow country artists. His most recent album, Let It Go has been powered by the number one single Last Dollar (Fly Away) and McGraw will continue to delight his millions of fans with the 2008 Live Your Voice solo tour.

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Date of Birth: 1 May 1967, Delhi, Louisiana, USA married to Faith Hill

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Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (born May 1, 1967 in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American 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.

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Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US, making him the eighth best-selling artist, and the third best-selling country singer, in the Soundscan era. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of the late baseball player Tug McGraw.

McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at Number One on the Billboard albums charts. Twenty-one singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history, and one of the top five among all genres of music.

McGraw has ventured into acting, with supporting roles in The Blind Side (with Sandra Bullock), Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, and Four Christmases (with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon), and lead roles in Flicka (2006) and Country Strong (2010). He was a minority owner of the Arena Football League's Nashville Kats. Taylor Swift's debut single, "Tim McGraw", refers to him and his song, "Can't Tell Me Nothin'".

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