Vince Gill

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Vince Gill
Gill at a ceremony to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 2012
Background information
Birth name Vincent Grant Gill
Born (1957-04-12) April 12, 1957 (age 58)
Origin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.
Genres Country, bluegrass, blue-eyed soul, country pop, Southern rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels RCA Nashville, 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.[citation needed] 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.

Early life[edit]

Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, J. Stanley Gill, was a lawyer and administrative law judge[1] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


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.[2]

Gill has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991.[3]

Gill playing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007

In July 2011, Gill appeared as a guest on NPR's news quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me.[4] Also in 2011, Gill appeared on the second of two bluegrass tribute albums for the British rock band The Moody Blues: Moody Bluegrass TWO... Much Love (2011).[5]

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."[6] 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".[7] In June 2012, Gill was touring and performing only bluegrass songs.[8]

Gill received the 2,478th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 6, 2012.[9]

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.[citation needed]

In 2010, Gill officially joined the country swing group The Time Jumpers.[10]

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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Two years after he divorced his first wife, Vince Gill (right) married Amy Grant (left), the ex-wife of Christian musician Gary Chapman.

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.[citation needed] 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 are often shown on the jumbo display screen at Bridgestone Arena. In the 2007 playoffs, they sang the national anthem for each game.[citation needed]

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.[11]


Vince Gill (right) performing with Amy Grant (left) and James Taylor at Tanglewood in 2011
Vince Gill (third from right) performing with The Time Jumpers in Golden Gate Park in 2012


Selected awards[edit]

Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant were awarded the Class of 1966 Friend of West Point award in 2008.

Academy of Country Music

Country Music Association[13]

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Grammy Awards (He won twenty awards from forty nominations.)

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The 85th PGA Championship / News / Vince Gill: A man whose life is in tune (8/13/03)". Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Album Review: Daughtry" Retrieved July 21, 2015
  3. ^ "Vince Gill". Grand Ole Opry. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1], NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me stats page; retrieved August 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Moody Bluegrass Two…Much Love". June 7, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ Profile, theBoot website; retrieved August 15, 2013.
  7. ^ [2],; accessed October 29, 2014.
  8. ^ Palisin, Steve (June 7, 2012). "Vince Gill concert will be 'all bluegrass'". The Sun News. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vince Gill Getting Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame". August 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ Chancellor, Jennifer. "Gill joins Time Jumpers for debut album". Tulsa World. Retrieved September 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Watch: Vince Gill Confronts Westboro Baptist Church". Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ "CMA AWARD WINNERS 1967-2011". Country Music Association. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 

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