"I consider it a privilege to be able to release a "Hits" record," says Faith Hill. "As a young girl I found my passion in Star and I followed my heart to Nashville so that I could sing. And not a day goes by that I don't realize just how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love the most."
In 1993 Faith Hill released her first single, "Wild One." It spent a then-unprecedented 4 weeks at No. 1. Her musical journey was underway. Since then, she's gone on to sell over 30 million records; she's celebrated 11 No. 1 singles and 20 No. 1 videos. She's won 5 Grammy Awards, 3 Country Music Association Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 American Music Awards and 4 People's Choice Awards. And perhaps most impressive of all the accomplishments? Faith Hill is the only female artist to celebrate three consecutive album debuts atop both Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and Country Chart. (Breathe (1999), Cry (2002), Fireflies (2005)). With a voice that is soulful and powerful, there is simply no question that Faith is one of the music industry's top vocalists.
Over the course of her career, Faith has endeared herself to those that she's met and she's been called upon by others to take part in some of the world's most prestigious events. She's been fortunate enough to perform at just about every major awards show, including multiple appearances at "The Academy Awards." She's performed the National Anthem at "Super Bowl XXXIV" and performed live from Rome for "Live8." She wasted no time in accepting the opportunity to perform on "America: A Tribute To Heroes," the groundbreaking cross-networked effort to raise money to benefit the rescue workers and victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon and immediately after Hurricane Katrina appeared on NBC's "A Concert for Hurricane Relief." She's also had three of her own highly-rated network television specials; 2000's CBS Network broadcast of "FAITH!", NBC Network's broadcast of 2002's "FAITH HILL: When The Lights Go Down" and 2005's "FAITH HILL: FIREFLIES."
"There is nothing like the rush that you feel when you walk out on to that stage," says Faith. "To see all those people cheering for you, to be a part of bringing them so much joy, if for only a couple of hours, is so gratifying. It reminds me of why I got into this business in the first place."
Over the course of the past two years Faith has spent much of her time on the road. The tour she did with husband Tim McGraw, 2006's Soul2Soul II Tour and Soul2Soul Tour 2007, was and still is the highest grossing country tour of all time. It was selected as Pollstar magazine's "Major Tour of 2006" over industry powerhouses Madonna and the Rolling Stones. With the wrap-up of the tour this year, they have the highest grossing multi-year North American tour in country music history.
"I have met so many tremendous people and know that I wouldn't be where I am today without them," said Faith. "To the people throughout the industry that have supported me through the years, to my producers Byron Gallimore and Dann Huff, to the musicians that I've recorded with (and toured with), to perhaps most important of all, the songwriters that I've been fortunate enough to have worked with, I have been lucky."
From "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart," to "This Kiss," "Breathe" and "The Way You Love Me," to "Cry," "Mississippi Girl," and her newly released single, "Red Umbrella," Faith Hill has always been about the songs. She's co-produced her last four albums with her longtime creative team of Dann Huff and Byron Gallimore and has remained a student of her craft throughout her career. It is these songs that make up The Hits an album that looks back at a career that started with a dream.
As one of this generation's most credible and visible talents, Faith Hill has based her career on dedication, passion and commitment.
"Some consider the release of a 'greatest hits' as the end of a chapter," she says. "I'd prefer to call it an interlude, because I'd never want to close the chapter on what's gotten me to the party. On the inside door of one of my road cases in my dressing room, I wrote a saying from Vincent Van Gogh that asks, "What would life be, if we had no courage to attempt anything?" It serves as a reminder for me of not only where I've been, but of where I hope to go."