Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is a country music singer, songwriter, and musician from the United States. He attained commercial success and renown as the country rock band Pure Prairie League leader in the 1970s and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in great demand as a guest performer and duet partner.
He has released over 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and sold over 26 million CDs. He has received 18 Country Music Association Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year and five Male Vocalist Awards.
Gill has received 22 Grammy Awards, more than any male country music artist as of 2022. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Joe Walsh of the Eagles inducted Gill into the Guitar Center Rock Walk in 2016. The Eagles hired him and Deacon Frey in 2017 to replace the late Glenn Frey.
Early Life Of Vince Gill
Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. Bob Coen is his elder maternal half-brother.
His father, J. Stanley Gill was a lawyer and administrative law judge who part-time sang in a country music band and pushed Gill to pursue a music career. His father urged him to learn to play banjo and guitar, which he did, as well as bass, mandolin, Dobro, and fiddle.
Gill attended Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. While there, he was a golf team member and sang bluegrass in the band Mountain Smoke, which gained a loyal local following. After graduating from high school in 1975, he traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to join the band Bluegrass Alliance. Following that, he briefly joined Ricky Skaggs' Boone Creek band before heading to Los Angeles to join Sundance, a bluegrass band led by violinist Byron Berline.
Career Of Vince Gill
In 1979, Gill had his national debut with the country rock band Pure Prairie League, featuring on their album Can't Hold Back. He is the primary singer of their song “Let Me Love You Tonight.” Mark Knopfler once urged him to join Dire Straits, but he declined (though he sang backing on the Dire Straits album On Every Street).
Gill departed Pure Prairie League in 1981 to join Cherry Bombs, the stage band that supported Rodney Crowell. There, he collaborated with Tony Brown and Emory Gordy Jr., who would subsequently produce many of his records.
He made a bluegrass album, Here Today, with David Grisman and pals before obtaining a solo deal with RCA, with whom he had considerable success, including the singles “Victim of Life's Circumstance” (U.S. Country Top 40) and “If It Weren't for Him,” “Oklahoma Borderline,” and “Cinderella.”
However, his records only sold moderately well, and Gill departed RCA in 1989 to sign with MCA Records. Here, reuniting with Tony Brown as producer, he sold over a million copies of his label debut, 1989's When I Call Your Name, on which numerous tracks, including the title tune, charted in the Top Ten / Top Twenty on the United States Country charts. This was followed by the equally popular albums Pocket Full of Gold (1991), and I Still Believe in You, the title track of which reached No. 1 in the United States.
Personal Life Of Vince Gill
Bob Coen, Gill's older half-brother, died in an automobile accident in 1968. Bob was 22 at the time, and Gill was 11 years old. Bob was in a coma for three months after the tragedy and suffered irreparable brain damage.
He later suffered in life and lost touch with his family and friends. He died in 1993. He dedicated his 1993 Christmas record Let There Be Peace on Earth and his first broadcast Christmas special that year to Coen. For his brother, Gill wrote the song “It Won't Be the Same This Year.”
Gill met country music artist Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo in Los Angeles while both were starting in music. In 1980, the two married. Jenny was born in 1982. The couple moved to Nashville in 1983. While his wife's career took off, Gill worked as a studio guitarist, sang backup vocals, and continued to write songs. Gill occasionally mixed sound for his wife's band. They divorced in 1997.
Net Worth Of Vince Gill
Vince Gill is one of the wealthiest and most popular country singers. Forbes and Business Insider Vince Gill's net worth is approximately $30 million.
He played guitar and banjo in various bluegrass bands, including Mountain Smoke, which opened for KISS. In 1979, he joined the Pure Prairie League.
Gill attended Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City. While there, he played bluegrass with the band Mountain Smoke, which developed a significant local following. After graduating from high school in 1975, he traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to join the band Bluegrass Alliance. Following that, he briefly joined Ricky Skaggs' Boone Creek band before heading to Los Angeles to join Sundance, a bluegrass band led by violinist Byron Berline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Was Vince Gill in the Military?
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What is Vince Gill Doing Now?
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Is Vince Gill a Good Guitar Player?
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