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Gill at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012
|Birth name||Vincent Grant Gill|
|Born||April 12, 1957|
|Origin||Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Genres||Country, bluegrass, blue-eyed soul, country pop, Southern rock|
|Labels||RCA, MCA, MCA Nashville|
|Associated acts||The Notorious Cherry Bombs, Pure Prairie League, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs|
Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist, and a duet partner.
Gill has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, J. Stanley Gill, was a lawyer and administrative law judge who played in a country music band part-time and encouraged Gill to pursue a music career. With the encouragement of his father, Gill learned to play several instruments, including the banjo and guitar, before he started high school at Oklahoma City's Northwest Classen High School. He first played with a teenage band called The Bluegrass Revue in the late 1970s. The other members were Billy Perry on the banjo, Bobby Clark on the mandolin, and Mike Perry on the bass.
While in high school, he performed with Flock and Mountain Smoke, bluegrass bands that once opened for Pure Prairie League and Kiss. After he graduated, he played in a number of bluegrass bands, including Ricky Skaggs' Boone Creek and Byron Berline and Sundance. Later, he became a member of Rodney Crowell's road band, The Cherry Bombs.
Gill debuted on the national scene with the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979, appearing on that band's album Can't Hold Back. Gill is the lead singer on their hit song "Let Me Love You Tonight". Mark Knopfler once invited Gill to join Dire Straits, but Gill declined the offer (although he sang backup on the Dire Straits' album On Every Street). Gill provided background vocals for the song "Tennessee Line", from Daughtry's second studio album, Leave This Town.
In February 2012, Gill announced "For the first time in 30 years, I don't have a record deal. Don't know that I want one." In March 2012, he performed at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky for its opening night. In April 2012, it was confirmed that Gill had been working with Bonnie Tyler on her upcoming album, performing a duet with her entitled "What You Need from Me". In June 2012, Gill was touring and performing only bluegrass songs.
On October 15, 2012, it was announced that Gill would be featured in a song by Kelly Clarkson titled "Don't Rush", which appears on Clarkson's first Greatest Hits album. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and has sold 509,093 copies as of October 13, 2013. The two debuted the song at the 2012 CMA Awards on November 1, 2012.
In 2010, Gill officially joined the country swing group The Time Jumpers.
On November 5, 2014 at the 48th annual CMA Awards Gill received the Irving Waugh award for Excellence in country music. The only other country music artist to receive this award was Johnny Cash.
Gill married country singer Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo fame, in 1980, and they had one daughter. Gill occasionally mixed sound for his wife's band at concerts. They separated in the mid-1990s and eventually divorced in June 1998. Gill married Christian/pop singer Amy Grant in March 2000. They have one daughter. Gill and Grant are fans of the Nashville Predators, having been season ticket holders since the opening season and who are often shown on the jumbo screen. In the 2007 playoffs, they sang the national anthem for each game.
On Sunday, September 8, 2013, Gill's concert at the Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri, was picketed by the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church based on claims that he is an adulterer for having divorced his first wife to marry Grant.
- 1984: Turn Me Loose
- 1985: The Things That Matter
- 1987: The Way Back Home
- 1989: When I Call Your Name
- 1991: Pocket Full of Gold
- 1992: I Still Believe in You
- 1993: Let There Be Peace on Earth
- 1994: When Love Finds You
- 1995: The Essential Vince Gill
- 1995: Souvenirs
- 1996: High Lonesome Sound
- 1998: The Key
- 1998: Breath of Heaven: A Christmas Collection
- 2000: Let's Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye
- 2000: 'Tis the Season (with Olivia Newton-John)
- 2003: Next Big Thing
- 2006: These Days
- 2011: Guitar Slinger
- 2013: Bakersfield
- 1984 Top New Male Vocalist
- 1992 Song of the Year with John Barlow Jarvis - "I Still Believe In You"
- 1992 Top Male Vocalist
- 1993 Top Male Vocalist
- 1990 Single of the Year - "When I Call Your Name"
- 1991 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1992 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1992 Song of the Year with Max D. Barnes - "Look At Us"
- 1993 Album of the Year - "I Still Believe in You"
- 1993 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1993 Song of the Year with John Barlow Jarvis - "I Still Believe in You"
- 1993 Entertainer of the Year
- 1994 Entertainer of the Year
- 1994 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1995 Male Vocalist of the Year
- 1999 Vocal Event of the Year with Patty Loveless - "My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man"
- 2014 Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
- 2014 BMI Icon Award
Grammy Awards (He won twenty awards from forty nominations.)
- 1990 Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - "When I Call Your Name"
- 1991 Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Ricky Skaggs and Steve Wariner - "Restless"
- 1992 Best Country Song with John Barlow Jarvis - "I Still Believe in You"
- 1992 Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - "I Still Believe in You"
- 1993 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Asleep at the Wheel, Chet Atkins, Eldon Shamblin, Johnny Gimble, Marty Stuart, and Reuben "Lucky Oceans" Gosfield - "Red Wing"
- 1994 Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - "When Love Finds You"
- 1995 Best Country Song - "Go Rest High on That Mountain"
- 1995 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "Go Rest High on That Mountain"
- 1996 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "Worlds Apart"
- 1997 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Randy Scruggs - "A Soldier's Joy"
- 1997 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "Pretty Little Adriana"
- 1998 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "If You Ever Have Forever In Mind"
- 1999 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Tommy Allsup, Asleep at the Wheel, Floyd Domino, Larry Franklin, and Steve Wariner - "Bob's Breakdowns"
- 2001 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Jerry Douglas, Gen Duncan, Albert Lee, Steve Martin, Leon Russell, Earl Scruggs, Gary Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Paul Shaffer and Marty Stuart - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
- 2002 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "The Next Big Thing"
- 2006 Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "The Reason Why"
- 2007 Best Country Album - "These Days"
- 2008 Best Country Instrumental Performance with Brad Paisley, James Burton, John Jorgenson, Albert Lee, Brent Mason, Redd Volkaert and Steve Wariner - "Cluster Pluck"
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- Official website
- How to Capture Vince Gill’s Guitar Tone
- Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Gill, Vince