Thursday, October 4, 2012

Bringing Soul To Soul To Vegas

Country's golden couple, the multi-platinum-selling husband and wife team of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, are the latest act to go Vegas. The pair announced at a press conference yesterday they'll set up shop at the Venetian Hotel for 10 weeks, four shows a weekend, starting December 7th and running into April.
The pair have toured together multiple times under the "Soul2Soul" moniker, but they promise this will be a very different experience."Soul2Soul tours were really just her and I doing a tour," McGraw told Rolling Stone in an interview with the couple after the conference. "They were great – we started out with two songs together and she would do her show, then we would do two songs together, then I would do my show, then we would end with a couple of songs. So we did duets and it was our tour together, but it wasn't like it was a show about us completely. And that's what this show is going to be."
The couple were approached by the hotel, who have gone all-out to bring them into the fold. "The Venetian has been first class," Hill told us. First and foremost, the hotel agreed to give these two parents of three girls flexibility so they can come in on weekends for the shows. Both Hill and McGraw stressed the importance of that during the conference. And the hotel is reportedly revamping a suite for them, possibly the suite we joined them in for the interview after the conference. It had four bedrooms, a fireplace, a media room, an exercise room and much, much more.
But what got Hill and McGraw uniquely excited about the opportunity is the chance to play the intimate (by their standards, at least) 1,815-seat Venetian Theater.
"Just the idea of creating such a unique show with 1800 seats, for us, we've never actually done a show like this together," Hill said.
They plan on bringing that intimacy and their adoring relationship – during the 15-minute chat they sat side by side on a couch, holding hands and affectionately stroking each other – to the stage. "It's an honest and true relationship, and from that comes surprising, spontaneous moments, which we're more apt to have in an environment like this," Hill said.
On cue, McGraw jumped in. "Shit, for me, I'm just trying to hang on singing with her. That's a whole 'nother level of singing than what I do," he said, prompting his wife to crack up.
The surprises will extend to the songs as well. "Most, if not all, of our hits that we've done together are ballads," McGraw said. "We're gonna fill that in with other things, 'cause you can't just do all ballads."
Fans can expect some covers, which could range from duets by George Jones and Tammy Wynette to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. "We thought about all of those – Marvin and Tammi, of course George and Tammy – always a classic," McGraw said. "There are a few of those that we're gonna investigate. We want to do some covers, but we want to find the right ones." There might be some clues in their favorite duets: McGraw goes for Jones and Wynette's "Golden Ring," while Hill picked a surprise. "I like Queen and David Bowie, 'Under Pressure,'" she said.
Hill, an unabashed rock fan, does a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind." McGraw chose that as the song he'd most like to duet with her on. Springsteen's wife, Patti Scialfa, is often featured as a vocalist on the track on tour. Hill and McGraw might take some clues from the E Street version for their duet.
"Yeah, I'll sing like Bruce Springsteen," McGraw joked.
"And Patti, she's an amazing singer-songwriter," Hill said. "Of course they would be inspiration. They're inspiration to us in life in general – they're such wonderful people."
Asked which of McGraw's many hits Hill would like to accompany, she replied, "Oh my gosh, do you have an hour? He has so many."
Hill has finished a new album, while McGraw is in the midst of making his own next effort. And they both have more surprises in store. "There are a couple special guests on mine, a couple on yours as well that are sort of unexpected," he said.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Faith's Biography

Faith Hill was born on September 21, 1967, in Jackson, Mississippi. "Wild One," the first single from her 1993 debut album, reached No. 1 on the country music chart. She's won Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Female Vocal Performance. She married Tim McGraw in 1996 and they performed together on the Soul2Soul Tour, the highest grossing country music tour ever.

Early Life

Singer and songwriter. Born Audrey Faith Perry, on September 21, 1967, in Jackson, Mississippi. Raised along with her two older brothers by adoptive parents Pat and Edna Perry, Hill grew up near Jackson, where Pat Perry worked in a factory. Her first singing experience came as a child in her family's Baptist church. As a young teenager, Hill learned to play guitar, and by age 16 she had started her own country band that played at a number of local fairs and rodeos. After graduating from high school in 1986, Hill spent a year in community college before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue her love of music.
In Nashville, Hill worked as a receptionist at a music publishing company before landing a job packaging fan merchandise for her idol, country diva Reba McEntire. She married the songwriter and music publishing executive Daniel Hill in 1988. Hill's professional breakthrough came when she was spotted by Martha Sharp, a talent scout from the Warner/Reprise recording company, while singing back-up for Gary Burr in the Bluebird CafĂ©, a popular Nashville bar. Her debut album, Take Me As I Am, was released in 1993 to immediate success. The album's first single, "Wild One," reached No. 1 on the Billboard country music chart and stayed there for four weeks, followed by the second single, a version of Janis Joplin's classic "Piece of My Heart." Take Me As I Am went on to reach triple platinum status.
Hill's rise to country stardom coincided with a good deal of upheaval in her personal life. In 1990, she had begun a search for her birth mother, whom she eventually met in 1993. Hill has declined to publicly name her birth mother in order to protect her privacy, but has remained in contact with her. On a sadder note, her marriage to Daniel Hill ended in divorce in 1994.

Country Star

Hill spent much of 1994 touring as an opening act for such respected country artists as McEntire, Alan Jackson, and Brooks & Dunn. She won numerous honors that year, including Best Female Country Artist from Billboard and Performance magazines and Favorite New Female Artist from the Academy of Country Music. Her second album, It Matters to Me (1995), surged to the top of the charts and cemented Hill's popularity among country fans. The title single remained the top-selling country single for the first six months of 1996.
In the spring of 1996, Hill began a joint tour, dubbed the Spontaneous Combustion tour, with country superstar Tim McGraw. At the time, McGraw had recently broken an engagement to Kristine Donahue, and Hill was engaged to Scott Hendricks, a record producer who had helmed her first two albums. Nonetheless, sparks flew, and the two began a romantic relationship. They married on October 6, 1996, immediately becoming country music's most visible couple. Hill and McGraw have three daughters, Audrey Caroline, Gracie Katherine and Maggie Elizabeth. Hill's next album, Faith (1998), hit platinum sales in only six weeks and spawned two No. 1 country hits, "This Kiss" and "Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me." At year's end, Hill racked up more honors, including a Best Country Album award from the Nashville Music Awards and Best Female Vocalist from the Academy of Country Music. The success of Faith (and especially of "This Kiss") on the pop charts marked the beginning of Hill's crossover from country to pop stardom, solidified by her performance on VH1's Divas Live television special, alongside Tina Turner,Elton John, and Whitney Houston, and the accompanying album. (Hill later made headlines for her last-minute fill-in performance for Houston at the Academy Awards ceremony in March 2000.)

Crossover Artist

In November of 1999, Hill released the more pop-oriented Breathe, which would become her first bona fide crossover album. With a steamy video for the album's title single, Hill's wholesome country image became decidedly sexier, no doubt contributing to the album's triple platinum sales. In addition to another Best Female Vocalist crown from the Country Music Association, Hill garnered an impressive number of nominations from the pop-centered American Music Awards. She went on to earn numerous other honors, including a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year (for writing "Breathe") and Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Female Vocal Performance.
In May 2000, Hill and McGraw launched their second tour together, the Soul2Soul Tour 2000. The two have collaborated in the recording studio as well, including the Grammy-winning duet "Let's Make Love," featured on Breathe. In 2004, the singer appeared in a remake of the 1975 comedic thriller The Stepford Wives with Nicole Kidman and Glenn Close.
In May 2000, Hill and McGraw launched the Soul2Soul Tour, which now stands as the highest grossing country music tour ever. In addition to her thriving career and family, Hill devotes a good deal of time to her charity organization, the Faith Hill Family Literacy Project, launched in 1996 with the cooperation of Warner Bros. and Time Warner.

Recent Work

In 2005, Hill returned to her country roots with the much-touted album Fireflies, which included several chart-topping singles: "Mississippi Girl," "The Lucky One," and a duet with McGraw, "Like We Never Loved At All," which won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. The album was certified double platinum in January 2006. The next year, Hill went on the road with her husband for the third time with the Soul2Soul Tour 2007.
The following year, Hill released the holiday-themed Joy to the World(2008). The album was a hit on both the country and pop charts. This popular singer, wife, and mother took on a new role in 2009. Hill announced that she will be working with Coty Inc. to develop a new fragrance line.

Tim's Biography

Samuel Timothy "Tim" McGraw (b. May 1, 1967 in Delhi, Louisiana) is an American country singer whose albums and singles have routinely topped the music charts, making him one of the genre's most popular artists. He is married to singer Faith Hill and his hit songs include "Indian Outlaw," "Don't Take the Girl", "I Like It, I Love It" and "Live Like You Were Dying."

Country singer. Born May 1, 1967 (some sources say 1966), in Delhi, Louisiana. One of the most popular "Young Country" stars to emerge in the 1990s, Tim McGraw quickly began to top charts and pack arenas after the release of his second album in 1994. With his high-pitched, rather growly voice, McGraw became known for his ability to stir up a range of emotions with everything from jumping dance tunes to heartfelt ballads. As he remarked to David Zimmerman in USA Today, "There's a lot of people who can pick up a guitar and sing you a great song, but there's very few people that can tell you how they feel. That's the main purpose of acting or doing an opera or painting or anything. It's to tell somebody how you feel and more importantly, tell them how they feel."
McGraw's strong appeal has led to millions upon millions of album sales, and a healthy list of awards from the likes of the Academy of Country Music, Billboard, the Country Music Association, Country Music Television, and more. Though some critics wondered after his first hit the controversial "Indian Outlaw" if he was going to be a one-hit wonder and fade into oblivion, McGraw has continued to score hits. In 1999, he released A Place in the Sun and toured withGeorge Strait and then the Dixie Chicks. McGraw is married to another celebrated country star, Faith Hill.
The son of Betty Smith (now Betty Trimble) and Tug McGraw, Tim grew up thinking that his mother's husband, Horace Smith, a trucker, was his father. The couple divorced when McGraw was nine, and after that, he and his mother were often forced to relocate around Richland Parish. One time after moving, McGraw, then 11, opened a box that contained his birth certificate, which had his father's name scribbled out but listed the occupation as "baseball player." His mother eventually divulged that she had a brief summer romance with Tug McGraw, who was a minor league pitcher at the time. He quickly left her, though, and she married Smith when her son was seven months old.
Tug McGraw went on to make his name with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies. By the early 1970s, he was the highest-paid and most popular relief pitcher in professional baseball. McGraw met him once at a game in Houston, but his biological father showed little interest in maintaining a close relationship. The baseball star had married and had two other children by then, though he and his wife divorced in 1988. McGraw was initially angry at his father for not supporting him, but later forgave him, telling Steve Dougherty and Meg Grant in People, "He was 22 and immature when it happened." Ironically, McGraw had his father's baseball card taped to his bedroom wall even before he knew he was his father.

Early Musical Influences

Though he was raised in Start, Louisiana, a tiny town in Richland Parish, McGraw spent a good deal of time on the road in the cab of Smith's 18-wheeler. In the truck, he would sing along to country artists like Charley Pride, Johnny Paycheck, and George Jones. "By the time I was six," McGraw related to Christopher John Farley in Time, "I felt as if I knew the words to every album Merle Haggard ever recorded." He also sang spirituals in church, and belted show tunes in elementary school plays. Though he played Little League as a boy, McGraw had given up his dreams of becoming a pro ball player like his dad by the time he went to college. When he was a senior at Monroe Christian High School, he met up again with Tug McGraw, who agreed to pay for his higher education. McGraw graduated as salutatorian in 1985. Shortly after that he changed his surname to match that of his biological father, though he continues to consider his stepfather, Smith, as his true dad.
As a freshman at Northeast Louisiana State University, McGraw took pre-law courses after seeing the film And Justice for All, starring Al Pacino. But he ended up enjoying parties more than classes, and became more interested in music. He ended up buying a guitar at a pawn shop, and within a year, he was singing in clubs around Monroe, Louisiana. Soon, he decided to quit school and try his luck in Nashville. His father told him to finish school first, but McGraw reminded him that he had quit college for baseball. Besides, as McGraw noted to Dave McKenna in the Washington Post, "The only thing I learned in college was how to float a keg, and I didn't figure that was going to get me too far. So even though it was kind of scary, I wasn't giving up much. I thought I could make it." His dad continued to support him while he tried to rev up a career.

First Hit and Controversy

Landing in Music City in May of 1989, McGraw had little experience in performing and no contacts. But the industry was ripe for smooth, handsome male vocalists, and he managed to line up gigs in Printers Alley clubs. Within a year and a half, he cinched a contract with Curb Records. His first self-titled album came out in April of 1993, but sank into oblivion. To drum up attention, the label sent McGraw on the road with his band, the Dance Hall Doctors, and his live act went over big. With power ballads and party hits like Steve Miller's "The Joker" he found his audience.

In February of 1994, McGraw released the infectious single "Indian Outlaw," and it quickly raced up the country charts and became a radio hit. However, it also earned him unwanted status as a novelty act, and attracted a bitter backlash from many who found it offensive to Native Americans. The lyrics includedlines like "I'm an Indian outlaw / Half- Cherokee, half-Choctaw / My baby she's a Chippewa," and lines like "You can find me in my wigwam / I'll be beatin' on my tom-tom." But McGraw stated he meant no harm, and simply used the tribal names and other words for their rhyming qualities. In addition, the outcry surprised him since he had been closing his stage show with the tune for four years. However, Cherokee Nation leader Wilma Mankiller sent a letter to stations claiming the song exhibited "crass exploitative commercialism at the expense of Indians," and expressed that it "promotes bigotry," according to a Billboardarticle by Peter Cronin. As a result, some radio stations in Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Minnesota started refusing to play it. On the other hand, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians based in North Carolina wrote to McGraw's management company in support of the song.

Topping the Country Charts

Shortly after this brouhaha, McGraw's second album was released.Not a Moment Too Soon became the number one country hit in its first week on the charts. Also, three more singles off the effort topped the charts in addition to "Indian Outlaw." The album and the number one single "Don't Take the Girl," a melodramatic ballad, racked up awards from the likes of the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Television. McGraw was also named best new country artist by Billboard and others. Not a Moment Too Soonhugged the top spot on the country album chart for 26 consecutive weeks and sold about eight million copies over the next few years. Immediately, McGraw was catapulted from playing honky-tonks to embarking on a major headlining tour.
The next year, in September of 1995, McGraw released All I Want. Though it was an attempt to show more serious musicianship, the first single released was the jaunty "I Like It, I Love It." As he explained to Deborah Evans Price in Billboard, "It was a cool, fun, back- to-school song. It doesn't really say a lot. We put it out because it's a fun sing-along song, and it will call attention to some of the meat songs on the album that I really want people to hear." The song stayed at number one for five weeks and the album sold three million copies, but McGraw was largely passed over at the 1996 awards ceremonies.

Marriage to Faith Hill

Still, 1996 saw the successful Spontaneous Combustion tour, which featured country singer Faith Hill as the opening act. By the end of the tour, McGraw's personal life was sizzling as well, and he asked Hill, who has a laundry list of country music awards herself, to marry him. They were on tour at the time in Montana, and he popped the question in his dressing room, which was housed in a trailer. He related to Jeremy Helligar and Lorna Grisby in People, "She said, 'I can't believe you're asking me to marry you in a trailer house,' and I said, 'Well, we're country singers, what do you expect?'" She later accepted the proposal by writing "yes" on the mirror in his trailer while he was on stage, and they married on October 6, 1996. Their daughter Gracie was born in 1997, and another daughter, Maggie, was born the following year.

Continued Success

In the meantime, McGraw began to diversify in order to have options in case his popularity bottomed out. He formed production and management companies, and he and Byron Gallimoer coproduced Joe Dee Messina's debut album, which contained the hit "Heads Carolina, Tails California." McGraw need not have worried. In June of 1997, he spawned another winner with Everywhere, which rose to the top of the charts and included three number-one singles, including "It's Your Love," which he sang with Hill. In addition, that song made the crossover to hit the top ten on the pop chart as well. Everywhere reflected a new stability in his life as a married man and father, and attracted the biggest onslaught of awards to that point. Among other honors, in 1997 "It's Your Love" was named Billboard magazine single of the year award, Radio & Records single of the year, and Country Music Television deemed him male artist of the year, in addition to bestowing upon McGraw video of the year and top video of all time awards. Also, in 1998 he won awards from the Academy of Country Music for single of the year, song of the year, video of the year, and top vocal event, all for "It's Your Love," as well as winning Billboard's country single of the year for "Just to See You Smile."
In 1999, McGraw's hot streak continued after the release of A Place in the Sun that May. It debuted at the top of Billboard's album chart and spawned a number one country chart hit, "Please Remember Me." The awards continued to pile up as McGraw won Academy of Country Music Awards for male vocalist of the year and vocal event of the year (with Faith Hill) for "Just to Hear You Say that You Love Me," and Country Music Association Awards for male vocalist of the year and album of the year as artist and producer, for A Place in the Sun, among others. In addition, for the second year in a row, aRadio & Records country radio readers poll award votedEverywhere the best album. He also collected several other nominations for A Place in the Sun from awards ceremonies to be held in 2000. To top it off., People magazine named him the "sexiest country star" that year in their annual issue devoted to dreamboats. Adding to his cache of honors, in 2000, McGraw won an Academy of Country Music Award for male vocalist of the year and his first Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Let's Make Love," a duet he sang with his wife.

Branching Out

The accolades and hits keep coming for this country music superstar. Both Live Like You Were Dying (2004) and Let It Go(2007) hit the top of the country and pop album charts. "Live Like You Were Dying" netted McGraw his second Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. The following year, he and his wife received their second shared Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "Like We Never Loved Before."
McGraw has also branched out into acting. He appeared in the 2004 feature film Black Cloud directed by Rick Schroder and the 2006 family drama Flicka. In a supporting role, McGraw also worked with Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner in 2007's The Kingdom.
McGraw lives in a six-bedroom home on 200 acres just outside of Nashville. As he explained to Zimmerman in USA Today, "It's the most relaxing place in the world. We have bonfires all the time on the Back Forty and hang out on tailgates and pick guitars and have a few beers." He and his wife are away on tour frequently, but Hill never leaves without the children. "I love my wife more than anything in the world," McGraw remarked in another People article. "But boy, when she had our babies, it quadrupled. There's just something about the connection."

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Faith & Tim RedBook Interview

The two of you spent last summer on the road, and this summer you're heading out again. What do you love -- and hate -- most about touring? 
Tim: For a couple of hours, I've got my own stage -- that's just great. I also love playing basketball in the afternoon before most concerts. 

Faith: The loves definitely outweigh the hates. There is nothing like performing live for fans who are as wonderful as ours have been. Also, I feel very lucky that we get to tour the country with the whole family. The hates -- well, that's a pretty strong word. How about dislikes? When you're traveling with three children and a dog, let's just say the movement from city to city takes a little extra effort, extra muscle, and extra minds. At the end of the tour, I'm exhausted just from moving us all around. This is the first time we're taking one of the dogs. The kids will love that, but we'll just have to see how it goes. 

T: The worst for me is that idle period between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. My body goes into preservation mode 'cause it knows what's coming up. So I get real draggy during that time and I want the concert to begin so I can get rid of that feeling.

What's one of the most memorable things a fan has done for you?
T: I remember doing shows a few weeks after my father died, and someone in the audience had taken a king-size bed sheet and painted one of my dad's baseball cards on it. And they were holding it up out in the audience. That was just so cool and meant a lot to me. 

Do you share a dressing room on tour or do you each have your own space? 
T: No, no, uh-uh. Faith has got too many women in her dressing room running around! I gotta have my own space. Every now and then my oldest daughter, Gracie, will hang out with me until she gets bored. She'd rather be with Mom doing makeup stuff.

Do you have any must-do pre-concert rituals? 
F: My dressing room is a pretty active place with the kids running around, people helping me get dressed. It's kind of chaotic and very different from the environment in Tim's dressing room. But the chaos is comforting. It feels like home. Right before I walk onstage, I try and get 15 minutes by myself. I always have music playing, and it's a meditation time for me. A time to get focused.
What is that comfort outfit you always come back to? 
T: Jeans and a T-shirt -- though I have to make sure I'm in good shape before I wear just that. 

Faith, what do you like to wear onstage?
F: It all depends on my mood, but it has to be something I'm comfortable in, whether it's a pair of jeans or a long, flowing dress. If what I'm wearing inhibits my movement or I feel confined, it won't work.

Which would you have a harder time living without: lipstick or mascara?
F: Lipstick. I just look better with it because my skin is so fair, and when my hair is light, I can just fade out. Plus, it just feels good to put it on, and it immediately adds a little color.

So you have a comfort outfit. What's one of your favorite comfort meals?
T: I make the best pasta sauce in the world. I call it gravy. My mother's Italian. She taught me how to make this sauce at an early age. But I also love country-fried steak. And Faith cooks great southern food. We pretty much like soul food for comfort. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. 

What's your all-time favorite late-night snack?
T: Lately it's these homemade Popsicles from a little store here in town [Nashville]. There are all these fantastic flavors, like caramel. One night recently I had about seven! 

F: I just love chips and dips. If I get started, I will eat the entire bag, so I only allow myself to do it on occasion.

What's your favorite thing to cook?
F: Oh, man, I do all southern foods, so you name it and I can cook it. I don't know if that's good or bad; southern food is so yummy, but it's not exactly good for the figure. I do a great cornbread dressing and I do fried chicken really well. Also the big holiday meals. My mom and dad have grown wonderful fresh vegetables all their lives, and they still supply us with them. Of course, when a southern cook gets ahold of fresh vegetables, we cook all the vitamins out of them

Tim, pick one: barbecue or hamburgers? 
T: Hamburgers. [To Faith: "Hey, baby, what was the name of that hamburger place we ate at after the basketball tournament?"

F: It was Brick something. But I also like Johnny Rockets. And in Beverly Hills, there's a place called Beverly Hills Diner or something, and they have a good burger and good chili cheese fries. I also love Pink's hot dogs on La Brea in Los Angeles.

What's the last thing one of your girls said that dazzled you? 
T: Every day one of them says something that amazes me, but this morning in particular, because today [May 1] is my 40th birthday. This morning, Audrey, my littlest one, said, "Daddy, how old are you today?" I told her. She looked at me with those big eyes and said, "Whoa, Daddy. That's a lot." And I said, "Yes, it is."

Do the kids find touring exciting?
T: They just love it, and that's why we decided to continue the tour one more year. There were a few little moans about going on the road, so this will probably be the last year we can both go out. Our oldest turns 10 on Saturday [May 5] and our youngest will be 6 in December, and they're starting to get their friends -- they're starting to get their own lives. So that's why we decided, "Let's go out one more year together, because we might never be able to do it again."

You recently formed your own charitable group together, the Neighbor's Keeper Foundation. Why is that so important to you?
T: I've been very lucky. I've been blessed with money and a great family. But I grew up in a poor family in a poor area in Louisiana, and my family went through a lot of struggles. I think you're obligated, when you have the kind of success I have, to help others.

It's not even a choice for us. It's such a burden on my heart to see so much pain, neglect, and sickness. Especially when it comes to the children of the world.

Faith, you've maintained a phenomenal balance between family and work. What does a typical day look like for you? 
F: Let's see, it's 11 a.m. right now. Our youngest daughter, Audrey, is doing her end-of-the-year Noah's ark play at school. But as of this morning, I had yet to pick up her costume. So she was late for school because she had to come with me to pick it up, and then she wanted a different color than what she was supposed to have. We had a little drama about that. So I get her late to school, and then I have to run pick up birthday stuff for Gracie's birthday on Saturday. And I'm supposed to be picking out the single for my greatest hits album, and all this is happening at the same time. Just like every mother out there, I try to prioritize, make a list, and start checking things off. The stuff I don't get done will just have to wait until tomorrow.

How do you ease the stress?
F: Well, today, when I finally got Audrey to school, I came into the classroom and her teacher gave me a little hug and said to me, "God is good." And I just stopped in my tracks and got tears in my eyes and I thought to myself, You know what? Yes, He is, and everything is okay. And I just found some peace in that. Audrey's teacher could tell I was a little frazzled, and she gave me those great words to walk through my day with.

What do you each do when the other is just getting on your nerves, especially when you spend so much time together on tour? - Monica Dobbs, 28, Glens Falls, NY
TIM: I get on Faith’s nerves all the time [laughing]. We’ve got our own spaces and I play basketball, though she plays with us too sometimes. She starts getting ready a lot earlier than I do, so she gets away from me. All I have to do is put my jeans on and I’m ready to go. We have those 3-4 hours away from one another before a concert that gives us that downtime. 

Are you and Faith planning to put out a CD anytime soon with just your duets? - Julie Smith, 34, Quincy, IL
TIM: Yeah, one day we hope to when the time is right. Right now, we’re both so busy making our own records, fulfilling our obligations with record companies and touring, we just haven’t had the time yet, but that’s certainly something that we want to do. 

What do you and Faith consider to be “your song”? - Kerrin Lucas, 24, Conway, NH
TIM: “Samba Pa Ti” by Santana

Faith has been through several looks: long hair, short hair, light hair, dark hair. Do you have a favorite, Tim? Do you, Faith? - Kathy Moore, 46, Aztec, NM
TIM: I like them all. She could shave all her hair off and be bald and she’d still look good.

FAITH: I prefer myself as a blonde, because it’s who I am. But I loved being a brunette too and when I first dyed my hair darker, it wasn’t traumatic at all; it just felt like it was time for a change. I love that really dark, brunette look, but I never went as dark as I would have liked, because my skin is so light. I just thought it would be too much.

What is your and Faith’s favorite thing to do together? -Cherylann Bellavia, 43, North Chili, NY
TIM: Sit at home, close the curtains, and watch movies with the kids. Or go to the Bahamas.

FAITH: A movie that we really love is The Family Stone. There’s something very romantic about it. 

Can you share a favorite recipe that you cook yourself? -Joanne Davidson, 59, Denver CO 
TIM: I make the best pasta sauce in the world. I call it gravy. It’s basically noodles and gravy. My mother’s Italian. She taught me how to make this sauce at an early age. I can’t give you every single ingredient, 'cause it’s a family recipe, plus I never measure anything. Fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasonings, garlic, red wine, basil, country-style boneless pork ribs, meatballs that I make, Italian sausage, and dark brown sugar. It takes a while, but it’s worth it and it’s always better the second day. I don’t refrigerate it, which might sound gross, but after I cook it all day and into the evening, it’s usually really hot and I just leave the top firmly on it and let it sit on the stove overnight.

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