The Key (Vince Gill album)

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The Key
Studio album by Vince Gill
Released August 11, 1998
Genre Country
Length 45:15
Label MCA Nashville
Producer Tony Brown
Vince Gill chronology
High Lonesome Sound
The Key
Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune (favorable) [2]
Entertainment Weekly A [3]

The Key is the ninth studio album from American country music artist Vince Gill. It was released in 1998 on MCA Nashville. It features the singles "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind," "Kindly Keep It Country," "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" (an uncredited duet with Dawn Sears) and "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man." This final track was also included on Patty Loveless's 1999 compilation album, Classics. This was Gill's first No. 1 Country Album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Vince Gill except where noted.

  1. "Don't Come Cryin' to Me" (Gill, Reed Nielsen) - 3:06
  2. "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind" (Gill, Troy Seals) - 4:38
  3. "I Never Really Knew You" - 2:14
  4. "Kindly Keep It Country" - 3:09
  5. "All Those Years" - 3:57
  6. "I'll Take Texas" (Clint Black, Hayden Nicholas) - 2:05
  7. "My Kind of Woman/My Kind of Man" - 3:53
  8. "There's Not Much Love Here Anymore" - 3:28
  9. "Let Her In" - 3:03
  10. "The Hills of Caroline" - 4:44
  11. "Live to Tell It All" (Gill, Sonya Isaacs) - 3:36
  12. "What They All Call Love" - 3:20
  13. "The Key to Life" - 4:02


  • Produced By Tony Brown
  • Engineering: Chuck Ainlay, Matt Andrews, Tim Coyle, Steve Crowder, Chris Davie, Todd Gunnerson, Russ Martin, Steve Marcantonio, Mark Ralston, Glenn Spinner, Aaron Swihart
  • Mixing: Chuck Ainlay, Tim Coyle, Chris Davie, Todd Gunnerson, Mark Ralston
  • Mastering: Denny Purcell

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 11
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2
Canadian RPM Top Albums 25
Preceded by
Come On Over
by Shania Twain
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 29 - September 4, 1998
Succeeded by
Come On Over
by Shania Twain


  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. The Key (Vince Gill album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ Dretzka, Gary (1998-10-04). "Vince Gill The Key (MCA)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-11-29. 
  3. ^ Nash, Alanna (1998-09-11). "The Key Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-11-29.