Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (born May 1, 1967) is an American country singer and actor. Signed to Curb Records since 1992, he is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw.
He released his debut, self-titled album in 1993. It featured the singles "Welcome to the Club,” "Two Steppin' Mind,” and "Memory Lane,” none of which reached Top 40 on the country chart. This is also the only studio album of McGraw's career not to achieve a music recording sales certification or chart on the Top Country Albums chart.
His second album, “Not a Moment Too Soon,” was much more successful, becoming the best-selling country album in 1994. The first single, "Indian Outlaw," caused considerable controversy, as critics argued that it presented Native Americans in a patronizing way. Some radio stations refused to play it, but the controversy helped spur sales, and the song became McGraw's first Top 10 country single, peaking #8 and reaching #15 on the Pop chart. The second single from the album, "Don't Take the Girl," became McGraw's first #1 country hit. The following year, the album's title track became a #1 country single, while "Down on the Farm" reached #2, and "Refried Dreams" reached the Top 5. The album sold over 6 million copies, topping the Billboard 200 Albums chart as well as the Country Albums chart.
“All I Want,” released in 1995, continued his run of success, debuting at #1 on the Country Albums chart. The album sold over 2 million copies and reached the Top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached #1 on the country chart as the lead-off single, while "She Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to #1 in 1996. "Can't Be Really Gone,” "All I Want Is a Life,” and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep on It" were all Top 5 hits.
McGraw's next album, 1997's “Everywhere,” again topped the Country Albums chart and reached #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 4 million copies. Four singles, It's Your Love,” "Everywhere,” "Where the Green Grass Grows,” and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country chart, with the last of these setting a new record by spending 42 weeks on the Billboard charts. His collaboration with his wife, "It's Your Love," was nominated for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals and Best Country Song at the 1998 Grammy Awards.
“A Place in the Sun” in 1999 continued McGraw's streak, debuting atop both the Billboard 200 and Country Albums charts and selling 3 million albums. It again featured four chart-topping singles on the country chart including "Please Remember Me,” "Something Like That,” "My Best Friend,” and "My Next Thirty Years.” He also contributed a song for the Grammy-winning tribute album to Bob Wills, “Ride With Bob.” His song, a cover of "Milk Cow Blues,” was recorded as a duet with Asleep at the Wheel.
McGraw recorded two more duets with his wife in the late 1990s, both of which appeared on her albums. "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me,” off of her multi-platinum 1998 album “Faith,” reached the Top 5 of the Country Singles chart, while her follow-up and 1999 album “Breathe” featured "Let's Make Love,” which would win a Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
In 2000, McGraw released his “Greatest Hits” album, which topped the charts for nine weeks and sold almost 6 million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in the modern country market
McGraw's next album, “Set This Circus Down,” was released in 2001, and spawned four #1 country hits, "Grown Men Don't Cry,” "Angry All the Time" with Faith Hill, "The Cowboy in Me,” and "Unbroken.”
In 2002 he released “Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors” featuring his tour band The Dancehall Doctors. Bucking the country tradition of using studio session musicians, McGraw chose to use his own touring band, in order to recognize their part in his success, and to capture some of the feel of a real band. The album debuted at #2 on the Country Albums chart, with the single "Real Good Man" reaching #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached #2 and "Red Ragtop" reached the Top 5. The album also featured a cover version of Elton John's early 1970s classic "Tiny Dancer,” as well as appearances by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles on "Illegal.”
2004's “Live Like You Were Dying” continued McGraw's record of commercial success. “Live Like You Were Dying” spent seven non-consecutive weeks at #1 and went on to become the biggest hit single of the year. It also became one of the most awarded songs/records by winning ACM Single and Song of the Year, CMA Single and Song of the Year, and a Grammy. In late 2004, his unlikely duet with hip-hop artist Nelly on "Over and Over,” a soft ballad of lost love, became a crossover hit, spending 10 weeks atop the Top 40 chart. "Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously experienced on contemporary hit radio or rap radio, and brought both artists success neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.
McGraw released his eleventh album, “Let It Go,” in 2007. The album's debut single, "Last Dollar (Fly Away),” reached #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Country Album chart, marking his fourth #1 Billboard 200 album and ninth #1 country album. His daughters can be heard singing the chorus during the last few seconds of the song on the video.
McGraw's twelfth studio album, “Southern Voice,” was released in 2009, and led by the single "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You” which reached #13 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The second single, the title track, debuted at #49 on the country chart and it became his twenty-third #1 on the chart.