Gill has since won over a dozen Grammys and other awards.
Country singer songwriter Vince Gill was born Vincent Grant Gill on April 12, 1957, in Norman, Oklahoma. Gill’s dad, an appellate judge, instructed him to play the guitar for a very young age. Throughout his teens, he performed with local bluegrass groups, for example, Bluegrass Alliance, Mountain Smoke and Boone Creek with future country star Ricky Skaggs.
In 1976, Gill joined the California-based group Pure Prairie League. The group’s 1980 release, Firin’ Up, featured six tunes by Gill, such as the No. 1 country hit “Let Me Love You Tonight.”
Gill briefly joined Rodney Crowell’s group, the Cherry Bombs, before going to Nashville, Tennessee, where he signed a solo contract with RCA Records in 1983. Nevertheless, after an impressive beginning, Gill reached only moderate success along with his subsequent records.
In 1989, Gill changed labels and recorded the traditional country record, When I Call Your Name, for MCA. His next records, Pocket Full of Gold (1991) and I Still Believe in You (1992), were also multi-platinum successes.
The records, High Lonesome Sound (1996) and The Key (1998), had exceptional sales and helped make Gill among the most recognized and cherished musicians in the sector. Released in 2000, Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye, featured Gill’s daughter Jenny on supporting vocals.
In 2003, Gill followed up the success of Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye by releasing the record Next Big Thing, his first record which was solo-made. He afterwards reunited with Crowell in 2004 to reform the Cherry Bombs, this time going by the Notorious Cherry Bombs. The group released their self-titled record, combined with the track “It’s Difficult to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,” in exactly the same year. In 2006, Gill released These Days—a four-disc job that contained various kinds of music, such as bluegrass and conventional, and several popular artists, such as Leann Rimes, Bonnie Raitt and Michael McDonald. After many years, Gill formally joined the group The Time Jumpers in 2010, with whom he routinely performs.
To date, Gill hold the remarkable distinction being the sole man to have won five consecutive (from 1991-’95) Country Music Association Awards for the best male vocalist, as well as tying with George Strait for the most wins because group. In August 2007, Gill was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame by the Country Music Association. Also, he’s received 20 Grammy Awards, more than every other male country artist.
Outside of his prolific music career, Gill has been recognized for his community engagement and participation in charity events, including the yearly Vince Gill Celebrity Basketball Game as well as the Vinny Pro-Celebrity Golf Invitational.
Gill and Oliver divorced in 1997, ending their marriage after 17 years. In March 2000, Gill wed Christian pop singer Amy Grant. The couple’s first child together (Grant has three kids from an earlier marriage), a girl named Corrina, was born the following year.