Tim McGraw was born in Louisiana to his mother, Betty, who raised him with his stepfather, Horace Smith. When he was 11, McGraw found out that his biological father was professional baseball player Tug McGraw, which explained his affinity for the sport; he attended Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) on a baseball scholarship, but he also learned to play guitar during college. McGraw quit school and moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1989, on the day his hero, Keith Whitley, died. He released his first album in 1993 but didn't score his first hit until the following year; it was "Indian Outlaw," from his sophomore disc. McGraw began dating now-wife Faith Hill when she was serving as his opening act on 1996's Spontaneous Combustion Tour, and the two married later that year. Together, the country power couple spent much of 2017 and 2018 on the road together for their Soul2Soul Tour, surrounding the release of their joint album, 'The Rest of Our Life.' The country superstar has also appeared in several movies, including 'Friday Night Lights', 'Country Strong' and 'The Blind Side.'
Country Music Memories: Tim McGraw Sued By His Record Label
They wound up in a long, dragged-out court proceeding.
Country Music Memories: Tim McGraw Earns Honorary Doctorate
On May 12, 2001, McGraw earned an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
All About Mom: How Country Stars Celebrate Mother's Day
They got it from their mamas!
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The Boots counts down the best country songs to celebrate the bond between mother and son.
20 Great Father-Daughter Dance Songs for a Country Fan's Wedding
A bride's father is the second most important man at a wedding, and he's deserving of a song that brings significance to his role.
Tim McGraw Gets a Birthday Surprise From Faith Hill on Tour
The country star was out on tour for his 55th birthday, but that didn't keep his fellow country star wife from doing something special.
Tim McGraw: Did You Know These 10 Facts About the Country Star?
McGraw's time away from the spotlight includes hobbies, business ventures and family bonding, making him as well-rounded as the characters in the Louisiana native's best-loved songs.
Country Music Memories: Tim McGraw Is Born in Delhi, La.
Happy birthday, Tim!