eight-year career has marked one of the music industry’s most
successful and steady climbs. She has sold over 25 million
records worldwide and has garnered ten #1 singles and eleven #1
videos. Her last release, 1999’s BREATHE, debuted at #1 on
Billboard’s Top Album Chart and has sold in excess of 10
million copies to date.
Nearly three years removed from BREATHE, Faith Hill is ready to
release her fifth studio recording. Entitled CRY, it not only
draws upon her musical roots, but shows Faith creating a fresh
union between country, rock, rhythm and blues and pop. It has
been a project that has seen her invest the raw emotion needed
for any creation or passion. She will say that this is a
collection of great songs that she hopes will move you just to
feel what she has felt throughout the past year in creating
them. The joy, the frustration, the passion, the tears, the
ultimate pride for Faith, is all found on this recording --
emotions that whether happy or sad, lead us to CRY.
Co-produced by Faith, along with tracks done with Byron
Gallimore, Dann Huff and Marti Frederiksen, CRY is a collection
of songs that have moved the singer’s soul and brought out
some of the best vocal performances that she has ever given. The
album’s title track, released as the project’s first single,
has made the connection that Faith had hoped this album would
make. It marks the highest chart debut of her career and was the
most added single at country radio thus far this year.
“I simply hope that people like the music,” says the singer.
“In the end that is what it is all about. We all worked very
hard to put this record together and I think that everyone
involved worked with one common goal in mind – to make the
best record that we could.”
Fourteen tracks are contained on a roughly one-hour recording
that Faith says she has been preparing for since the release of
Breathe. “I knew that with the initial success of Breathe that
the stakes would be higher for this record,” she says. “We
were doing all of these major appearances and performances and I
could just feel the bar rising.”
And her instinct was correct. Throughout the past 3 years alone,
Faith received countless nominations and statues from the Grammy
Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Music Awards, The
CMA’s and ACM’s. She provided her vocal talents for the
Oscar nominated track from Pearl Harbor, “There You’ll
Be”. She performed at SuperBowl XXXIV, The Academy Awards
(twice), The Grammy Awards, VH1 Divas 1999 and 2000. Last year,
Faith took time away from a self-imposed break to take part in
“America: A Tribute To Heroes,” the groundbreaking
cross-networked effort to raise money to benefit the rescue
workers and victims of the September 11th attack on the World
Trade Towers and the Pentagon. After completing a 50-city tour
in 1999, her first series of headline performances, Faith
co-headlined the “Soul 2 Soul Tour 2000,” which was one of
the top-grossing and most successful U.S. tours of that year.
Those that work with Faith know that her desire to grow as an
artist, as a singer and as a songsmith (producer) is unwavering.
Many believe that beyond her extraordinary vocal talents, this
is the key to her success. “I consider myself a student of my
craft,” she says. “I follow my instinct quite often, but I
listen, I watch and I absorb.” And one only needs to listen,
to hear and see her growth on CRY. It is undeniable.
Whether the infectious and liberating rhythms of tracks like
“Free”, “One” or “I Think I Will” or the passionate
and poignant vocal performances on songs like “When The Lights
Go Down” or “Stronger” and “You’re Still Here”, CRY,
it seems, stands poised to make yet another indelible mark upon
the musical legacy that began almost ten years ago.
Raised in Star, Mississippi, Faith moved to Nashville at the age
of 19. In 1993, her debut single, “Wild One”, spent four
weeks at #1 and from there she never looked back. Many are
calling CRY her best album yet. They are saying that it contains
some of the best vocal performances that they have ever heard.
“I don’t think about success in terms of chart positions and
sales. I make the best music that I know how.”
Faith Hill has based her career on dedication, passion and
commitment. Combined with her unparalleled vocal talents and
style she has become one of the most sought after vocalists in
the business and has firmly planted herself at the top of the
music scene, where its easy to see (and hear) that she might
just stay for awhile.