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Vince Gill

Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. His father, J. Stanley Gill, was a lawyer and administrative law judge[1] who played in a country music band part-time and encouraged Gill to pursue a music career. With the encouragement of his father, Gill learned to play several instruments, including the banjo and guitar, before he started high school at Oklahoma City's Northwest Classen High School. He first played with a teenage band called The Bluegrass Revue in the late 1970s. The other members were Billy Perry on the banjo, Bobby Clark on the mandolin, and Mike Perry on the bass.

While in high school, he performed with Flock and Mountain Smoke, bluegrass bands that once opened for Pure Prairie League and Kiss. After he graduated, he played in a number of bluegrass bands, including Ricky Skaggs' Boone Creek and Byron Berline and Sundance. Later, he became a member of Rodney Crowell's road band, The Cherry Bombs.

Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist, and a duet partner.

Gill has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 26 million albums.[citation needed] He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Vince won the CMA Award for single of the year in 1990, with the song, When I Call Your Name. Patty Loveless sang backup.
The Heart Won't Lie was a duet he did with Reba McEntire; it went #1 in 1993.
I Still Believe in You was Vince's first # 1 song.
Vince won the CMA award for 'Male vocalist of the year' in 1991 and 1992. In 1993 he won the CMA award for 'Entertainer of the year'.
Vince married country singer Janis Oliver of Sweethearts in 1980. The couple have one daughter, Jennifer Jerene Gill, born May 5, 1982. Vince and Janis separated in the mid-1990s and eventually divorced in June 1998. Vince then married Christian/pop singer Amy Grant in March 2000. They have one daughter, Corrina Grant Gill, born March 12, 2001.
Vince went solo in 1983.
Vince moved to Louisville in 1975.
Vince worked with Mountain Smoke while he was still in school.
Vince was the vocalist/lead guitarist for his own band at age 15.
Vince was a guitarist at age 10.
Vince was a member of Pure Praire League from 1979-1983.

 

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