Tim McGraw is an award-winning country singer whose tours bring millions out over the course of the concert schedule. However, long before Tim McGraw tickets became popular on a national level, he had a long, winding road that included following in his father’s footsteps and giving sports a go before taking a chance and pursuing music as something more than a passing hobby.
He was born on May 1, 1967 as Samuel Timothy McGraw to a mother who for the longest time allowed him to believe his step-father was his biological father. Tug McGraw, the famed major league reliever for the Mets and Phillies, was his true biological parent. Tug denied the parenthood, and Horace Smith happily stepped in and raised him as his own. Still, Tim’s talents mirrored his biological parent, as he excelled as a baseball player in high school and earned a college scholarship.
All the while he was playing baseball Tim McGraw had an interest in music. He had not pursued it though, and only seriously considered it after the death of his country music hero Keith Whitley. After hearing this, McGraw dropped out of school in 1987 and moved to Nashville to pursue a new path.
This meant learning how to play guitar and pen lyrics. He spent five years working at perfecting these skills and finally received some interest from Cur Records. This opportunity did not come as just a result of his growing skill. Rather, Tug had finally accepted Tim as his son and, though the two had not met often, he felt compelled to use his friendship with a Curb Record exec to give him a shot.
The result has been a career that spans 11 studio albums (8 of which went at least platinum) and resulted in the meeting of his wife Faith Hill on one of those tours in the 1990s. Today he is as well known for his hit albums (like Not a Moment Too Soon) and singles (like “Don’t Take the Girl” and “Live Like You Were Dying”), as he is for his duets with his wife (such as “It’s Your Love”).