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Tim McGraw

When Tim McGraw debuted in the early '90s, few would have predicted that he would eventually take over Garth Brooks' position as the most popular male singer in country music. Yet that's exactly what he did, thanks to a string of multi-platinum albums, a high-profile marriage to fellow superstar Faith Hill, and Brooks' own inevitable decline. His sound epitomized the strain of commercial country that dominated his era: updated honky tonk and Southern-fried country-rock on the uptempo tunes, well-polished, adult contemporary-tinged pop on the ballads. Helped out early in his career by several novelty items, McGraw simply wound up cranking out hookier hits on a more consistent basis than any of his peers. By the late '90s, he was not only a superstar among country fans, but a mainstream celebrity with a large female following.

Samuel Timothy McGraw was born in Delhi, Louisiana on May 1, 1967. Though he didn't know it until years later, his father was baseball player Tug McGraw, a star relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets who'd had a brief affair with McGraw's mother. He was raised mostly in the small town of Start, Louisiana, near Monroe, and grew up listening to a variety of music: country, pop, rock, and R&B. He attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship, studying sports medicine, and it was only then that he started playing guitar to accompany his singing. He played the local club circuit and dropped out of school in 1989, heading to Nashville on the same day his hero Keith Whitley passed away. He sang in Nashville clubs for a couple of years and landed a deal with Curb in 1992. His debut single, the minor hit "Welcome to the Club," was released later that year, and his self-titled debut album appeared in 1993 but failed to make the charts.

McGraw's fortunes changed with the lead single from his 1994 sophomore effort, Not a Moment Too Soon. "Indian Outlaw" was embraced as a lighthearted, old-fashioned novelty song by fans but was heavily criticized for what some regarded as patronizing caricatures of Native Americans. Despite some radio stations' refusal to air the song, it reached the country Top Ten and even crossed over to the pop Top 20. All the publicity helped send McGraw's next single, the ballad "Don't Take the Girl," all the way to the top of the country charts; it too made the pop Top 20. The album kept spinning off hits: "Down on the Farm" hit number two, the title track went to number one in 1995, and the novelty tune "Refried Dreams" also reached the Top Five. Not a Moment Too Soon was a genuine blockbuster hit, eventually selling over five million copies and topping both the country and pop album charts; it was also the best-selling country album of the year.

McGraw's follow-up, 1995's All I Want, immediately consolidated his stardom with the number one smash "I Like It, I Love It." The album topped the country charts, reached the pop Top Five, and sold over two million copies. Once again, it functioned as a hit factory thanks to the number two "Can't Be Really Gone," the number one "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart," and the Top Five "All I Want Is a Life" and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It." Over 1996, McGraw supported the album with an extensive tour, accompanied by opening act Faith Hill. In October, after the tour was over, McGraw and Hill married, in a union of country star power that drew plenty of attention from mainstream media. It doubtlessly helped McGraw's next album, 1997's Everywhere, become another crossover smash; it topped the country charts, fell one spot short of doing the same on the pop side, and sold four million copies. The lead single was a McGraw-Hill duet called "It's Your Love," which not only hit number one country, but made the pop Top Ten. Three more singles from the album -- "Everywhere," "Where the Green Grass Grows," and "Just to See You Smile" -- hit number one, and two others -- "One of These Days" and "For a Little While" -- reached number two. Meanwhile, "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me," another husband-and-wife duet from Hill's 1998 album Faith, climbed into the Top Five.

With the multi-platinum success of Everywhere, McGraw was poised to take over Brooks' throne as the king of contemporary country, a transition that only accelerated when Brooks confounded his fans with the Chris Gaines project. McGraw, meanwhile, just kept topping the charts. His next album, 1999's triple-platinum A Place in the Sun, hit number one country and pop, and four of its singles also hit number one: "Please Remember Me" (which featured Patty Loveless), "Something Like That," "My Best Friend," and "My Next Thirty Years." The year 2000 brought McGraw's first Greatest Hits compilation, a best-selling smash, and another Top Ten duet from Hill's Breathe album, "Let's Make Love." The song later won McGraw his first Grammy, for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Also in 2000, McGraw had a brush with the law when he and tourmate Kenny Chesney got involved in a scuffle with police officers after Chesney attempted to ride one of the officers' horses; McGraw was later cleared of assault charges and spent the rest of 2000 on a second tour with Hill.

Released in 2001, Set This Circus Down (number one country, number two pop) kept McGraw's hit streak going into the new millennium, giving him four more number ones -- "Grown Men Don't Cry," "Angry All the Time," "The Cowboy in Me," and "Unbroken" -- just like that. In 2002, his duet with protégée Jo Dee Messina, "Bring on the Rain," also went to number one. For the follow-up album, McGraw defied country convention by entering the studio not with session musicians, but with his road band, the Dancehall Doctors, a unit that had been together since 1996 (with some members around even before that). Tim McGraw was released in late 2002 and produced Top Ten hits in "Red Rag Top" and "She's My Kind of Rain"; it also featured a startlingly faithful cover of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." McGraw kept the formula the same on 2004's chart-topping Live Like You Were Dying, utilizing his road band, as well as co-mixing/producing the record himself. Let It Go followed in 2007, with Southern Voice arriving in 2009.

McGraw resumed recording in early 2010 with longtime co-producer Byron Gallimore. He finished the album Emotional Traffic and even toured in anticipation of its imminent release, but his longtime label Curb refused to release it, feeling it followed Southern Voice too quickly. The dispute landed both artist and label in court, resulting in a separation agreement. McGraw landed a major role in the film Country Strong, which was released in 2011. He followed it with the single "Felt Good on My Lips," which reached the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and was followed by "Better Than I Used to Be"; both were pre-release singles for Emotional Traffic, which was finally issued in January of 2012, two years after it was completed and delivered to Curb. He signed to Big Machine for Two Lanes to Freedom, which was released in early 2013; the album spawned three back-to-back number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, including "Highway Don't Care" with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban guesting. McGraw wasted no time following up that success, issuing the pre-release single "Lookin' for That Girl" in advance of his 2014 album, Sundown Heaven Town.

"Lookin' for That Girl" was eclipsed by "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," a ballad featuring harmonies from Faith Hill, and that song was riding high in the country Top 10 when Sundown Heaven Town saw its release in September 2014. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Country charts and number three on the Billboard 200. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Selected Discography


Track List: City Lights (Single)


Track List: Diamond Rings And Old Barstools (Single)


Track List: Felt Good On My Lips (Radio Single)


Track List: Halo (Single)


Track List: If You're Reading This (Radio Single)


Track List: It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You (Radio Single)


Track List: Lookin' For That Girl (Single)


Track List: Meanwhile Back At Mama's (Single)


Track List: One Of Those Nights (Radio Edit) (Single)


Track List: Overrated (Single)


Track List: Right Back Atcha Babe (Single)


Track List: Sick Of Me (Single)


Track List: Southern Voice (Radio Single)


Track List: Twisted (Single)


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Zoe Greer
I love your music
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hannah091920 0 1
This is a really good song
io do not have a radio so thank you for the music a ton of glen cambell please
Love your music. thank you
Shotgun Rider is my favorite song in the whole world!
Thank you Michael for 21 years of your true love, just to see me smile. I love you SO mucb!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
He is amazing and awesome
Mr.T.Mcgraw i love your music and i think you and your wife make a pretty couiple LOVE MS.LOPEZ from Houston Tx.
Love this song
Great song...Tim��
I love love love your music so does my Grandma�����
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This is our Louisiana Man that made it Big. Go get them Tim.
Especially my little girl I played it at my wedding when my daddy danced with me
Most of your songs just make me cry
on't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I love your songs you are a great singer!!!... .
U r amazing
Daddy 11-17-02
tim you are hooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o t . i just got done watching the video to shotgun rider. it is good not good it is perfect
its ur love,it just does something to me, sends a shot right through me, I can't get wnough, and if u wonder about the spell I'm under it'd ur love <3
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but you won't die) in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I also love this song of his ( just to see u smile)
I love this song so much
i gave this song to my kelly jo massy then she died june 5, 2010 i miss you so much baby girl 14 years we were together i got to iam starting too cry......... .
Love this song��
This is mine and my high school sweethearts favorite country singer
Tim is a musical genius
I love my best friend that's my favorite song it was the first song me and my crush danced too and we have been talking for three months
Every time I hear this song I am reminded of our first dance. Perfect wedding song chosen by my incredible husband ♡♡
russellgirl1 9
I <3 shotgun rider
mike.db.lewi s
Thanks Tim. You helped meet meet the love of my life
pick me as shotgunrider
Your music is very touching I lost my father law 2 years ago and my house got broken into the robbery took a lot out of are home and it broke my father laws heart to see my little room a mess and are stuff gone stuff we work hard for that he had a heart attract the same weekend we got rob it was hard for me and my husband your songs helped us we just now just getting stuff in the house I lost my job we been going thur hard times but music and having faith in god has helped us thank you and fait
I'm a huge fan of your music
I love your music ��
You are so cute
Your cute
To who I thought was my BB
All time personal best contry singer
JUST LET GO !! I do feel U in my SOUL ! b
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