Originally published in the October 05, 1999 issue of Country Weekly magazine.
Sept. 21, 1967 – Audrey Faith Perry is born in Jackson, Miss.
1970 – At age 3, Tim performs “Jesus Loves Me” in church
1970 – (Faith at age 3, singing in Star Baptist Church choir)
FAITH: “I held the hymnal upside down and sang as loud as I could, pretending I could read the words off the book.”
Dec, 25, 1979 – Tim receives first guitar as a Christmas gift from his mother
(On hometown of Start, La.)
TIM: “It’s a very small farming town. It’s got a cotton gin, a couple of convenience stores, a church and a school. Kindergarten through eighth grade was 800 kids.’
June, 1987 – Faith moves to Nashville and sells T-shirts at Fan Fair
May 9, 1989 – Tim moves to Nashville, the day his idol, Keith Whitley, dies
1990 – Tim signs with Curb Records.
Oct. 10, 1992 – Tim charts his first single “Welcome to the Club,” which peaks at No. 47.
April 12, 1993 – TIM: “I was told by one producer to go back home. I would never make it.”
Oct. 16, 1993 – Faith debuts on the charts with “Wild One”
December, 1993 – Faith makes her Grand Ole Opry debut
Jan. 1, 1994 – Faith’s “Wild One” reaches No. 1
FAITH: “I was a little rebellious, but one thing Daddy always told me was that I could be anything I wanted to be, just like the song says. The first time I heard ‘Wild One’ I thought it had been written for me.”
Jan. 21, 1994 – Faith becomes first female country singer since Connie Smith in 1964 to hold No. 1 for four weeks with her debut single
April 30, 1994 – Faith’s “Piece of My Heart” reaches No. 1.
May 3, 1994 – Faith wins her first major award – ACM Top New Female Vocalist
Jan. 14, 1995 – Tim’s “a Moment Too Soon” reaches No. 1.
(Feb., 1995, on having throat surgery)
FAITH: “I had to be silent for two weeks following surgery. No speaking, whispering or anything. I just laughed the first time the doctor told me that – I couldn’t imagine not speaking for a day, much less two weeks. But I did it.”
(Sept. 19, 1995 on All I Want)
TIM: “I love that album. It has some of my favorite songs I’ve ever recorded.”
Jan. 27, 1996 – Tim jumps into producing, and “Heads Carolina, Tails California” by Jo Dee Messina charts at No. 2.
(1996 on meeting)
TIM: “The biggest reward of my career was doing the Spontaneous Combustion Tour and meeting my wife.”
(1996 on falling in love)
FAITH: “I just thought he had this incredible ability to communicate with a child – more so than just liking children. They had his attention, and he had theirs. At that point, it was like, ‘This guy’s it. I am going to climb the wall for this guy.’ ”
Aug. 4, 1996 – Faith performs at closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta to an estimated audience of 3.5 billion
Oct. 6, 1996 – Faith and Tim are married under an old oak tree in the backyard of Tim’s aunt Barbara Harper in Rayville, La. That night, Tim publicly sang “It’s Your Love” and dedicated it to his bride.
Jan. 6, 1997 – Tim makes his acting debut on The Jeff Foxworthy Show as “Lyle Rafferty”
April 23, 1997 – An eight-month-pregnant Faith joins her husband Tim, unannounced, for a touching duet on the ACM Awards show.
1997 – Start, La., names a street “Tim McGraw Street”
(on shared closeness)
TIM: “Faith and I know each other so well, it’s like we’re twins. We finish each other’s sentences.”
(Before birth of first child)
TIM: “I think I’ll be a good father. If you can teach a child a good sense of humility and how to treat people, then you’ve done a good job.”
May 5, 1997 – Gracie Katherine McGraw is born.
(On having children)
FAITH: “Being a mother is by far the greatest thing I’ve done. My children are my priority and my career is planned around my family.”
(on having children)
TIM: “Fatherhood is incredible. I am the luckiest guy in the world. I think you can’t help but be changed by parenthood.”
(on the future of the family)
FAITH: “Tim and I plan to have a million children. Really, we plan to have a very large family.”
FAITH: “I am grateful to my parents for showing me what family means. They’ve always been there when we were bad. They’ve always been there when we were good. They’ve always loved us with unconditional love.”
June 7, 1997 – Tim and Faith’s duet “It’s Your Love” hits No. 1
Autumn, 1997 – Faith makes her acting debut on Touched by An Angel and Promised Land.
Aug. 12, 1998 – The couple’s second child, Maggie Elizabeth McGraw, is born.
April 9, 1999 – Faith’s first tour as a headliner begins in Minneapolis.
FAITH: “Nervous, excited. When I saw the stage the other day, I just cried. I can’t believe all that stuff is mine!”
May, 1999 – It’s a banner night at the ACMs for the couple. Tim wins Top Male Vocalist. Faith wins Top Female Vocalist, Single of the Year and Video of the Year – each for “This Kiss.” “Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me” wins Vocal Event of the Year for the couple.
May, 1999 – Tim has his wife’s name tattooed on his right bicep
June 8, 1999 – Tim’s latest album, A Place in the Sun, hits No. 1 on the charts