Vince Gill is a renowned country musician and he has been entertaining the people since his first solo album rolled out in 1984. But he is better known for his hits such as “What the Cowgirls Do” and “Whenever You Come Around.”
His first album made him win the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Vocalist Award for that year. After five years, he released another hit ‘When I Called your Name’. the title track of the album made him won his first Grammy Award and the entire album sold over 2 million copies with a certification of double platinum.
Vincent Grant Hill was born in 1957 and brought up in Northern Oklahoma. He celebrates his birthday on 12th April. His father was an appellate judge and taught him to play the guitar from a tender age. He was a quick learner and by the time he reached his teens, he was already performing at local bluegrass groups such as the Bluegrass Alliance, Mountain Smoke and Boone Creek. He also collaborated with Ricky Skaggs.
Career and Awards
He joined the Pure Prairie League in 1976 and released 1980 ‘Firing up’ collaboratively. The album featured six songs sung by Gill including the country’s number 1. Hit number ‘Let Me Love You Tonight.’ California made his life turned in a great way. He met and married the love of his life Janis Oliver, here. She was a fellow artist and together they had a daughter named Jenny in 1982.
He also appeared in the Prairie’s album ‘Can’t Hold Back’. He was invited by Mark Knopfler to join him in his band named Dire Straits. He did not join the group but sang as a backup singer in one of the songs of their album ‘One Every Street’.
He joined Cherry bombs in 1981. He recorded ‘Here, Today’ with David Grisman and his group before he signed a contract with the RCA. He went on to sign the deal with MCA Records in 1989 when his songs like ‘Cinderella’, ‘Oklahoma Borderline’, and ‘If I Weren’t For Him’ with the former garnered him moderate success. However, one of these songs reached to country’s top ten. At MCA, he reunited with Tony Brown and produced ‘When I Call Your Name’ in 1989. The album’s track made it to the US Billboard top ten and twenty charts. his later album ‘I Still Believe in You’ went on to become the USA’s top song.
He released many albums over two decades from 1990 to 2000. He experimented with his signature acoustic and electric guitar and soulful voice the whole time producing some greatest melodies of all time. Vince Gill had won more CMA Awards than any other artist in the history of world music till now. Till 2018, he had 28 Grammy’s on his side making him legendary in the country music genre.