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Born on September 21, 1967, in Jackson, Mississippi, Faith is a country and western singer and performer. She grew up in Star, Mississippi, and Faith is a true star in the world of country music. Her stellar blend of folksy charm, genuine sincerity, and the talent of a legend has kept her consistently on the charts.

Faith would sing whenever she could, family reunions, during high school, at churches, rodeos and country fairs. At 19, Faith figured she was ready to try her luck in the city of Nashville, ground zero for country music. Things didn't quite pan out as she planned, and Faith ended up selling T-shirts before nabbing a job as a receptionist at a music publishing company. Faith admits she was "a closet singer" around the office for a year or so, until one of the in-house writers, David Chase, overheard her and convinced her to cut a demo of a song called "It Scares Me". Faith played it for her boss, Gary Morris, who proceeded to give her the kick in the pants she needed to pursue her music career.

Faith, now following her dream, visited the famed Bluebird Café to sing harmony with composer Gary Burr, and soon Faith was singing with him regularly. At one of those Bluebird gigs, she got her long deserved break when Warner Bros. rep Martha Sharp, asked Faith for a demo tape. Faith's debut, "Take Me As I Am", hit the streets in 1994. Her hit song, "Wild One", featured Faith's take on Janis Joplin's hard-rockin' classic, "Piece of My Heart". Faith's single, "Take Me As I Am", has sold over two million copies, and also nailed the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Artist Award.

Faith was now a full fledged country music star, and hit the road in a big way touring with country superstars Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson and George Strait. In 1996 she played over 140 dates in the United States with Tim McGraw, a road trip that turned out to be one of the top grossing tours of the year. In 1996, in addition to savoring the success of her second album, Faith married her hunky touring partner, Tim McGraw.

Faith and Tim have two beautiful daughters, Gracie and Maggie. In 1998, following a brief but devoted period of mothering, Faith got back into the studio to make her third album, "Faith". The album, of course, yielded "This Kiss", the smash that transformed the singer from country music sensation to mega-star. This song helped Faith sell over three million copies, and earned her, not one, but five Academy of Country Music Awards. Next thing she knew, she was singing alongside Cher, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. Faith has transformed herself from simply a talented Mississippi country girl to one of the country's most celebrated, but still down home, country music divas.

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