Country music singer and actor Tim McGraw is surrounded by famous people. McGraw's father Tug McGraw was a professional baseball pitcher who coined the phrase "Ya Gotta Beleive." McGraw's wife is the famous country singer and bombshell, Faith Hill. And finally "Tim McGraw" is the title of the Taylor Swift's debut single.
Since his career began in 1992, and through 2009, McGraw has sold more than 40 million albums. He's has sent 21 singles to the top of Billboard's Country music chart and he's also seen 11 of his albums (debut at number one. On his trophy shelf are 3 Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 CMA awards, and 10 American Music Awards. His 2006-07 Soul2Soul II tour is the biggest money making tour in the history of country music and the one of the top grossing tours from any genre.
On the silver screen McGraw has appeared in The Blind Side, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Flicka, and Four Christmases.
McGraw received a baseball scholarship to the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
McGraw's first single was called "Indian Outlaw." Due to the way it portrayed Native Americans it caused considerable controversy. The controversy helped spur sales and pushed the song all the way to number 8 on the country singles chart.
McGraw's first acting role came in 1995 when he appeared on The Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Faith Hill was McGraw's supporting act on his 1996 Spontaneous Combustion Tour. Hill had to call off her engagement to a record producer before she could date McGraw.
McGraw used his touring band, The Dancehall Doctors, to record his 2002 album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Using one's touring band in the studio is almost unheard of in country music.
McGraw's 2004 hit single "Live Like You Were Dying" was dedicated to his father who died of a brain tumor earlier that year.
Also in 2004, McGraw recorded a duet with hip-hip artist Nelly. The single, "Over and Over," reached number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
McGraw released his 10th studio album, Southern Voice, in 2009. The album's lead single, "It's a Business Doing Pleasure with You," was written by Bre