Vince Gill Biography

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BORN: April 12, 1957, Norman, OK

"This one is country from top to bottom." That's how Vince Gill describes The Key, his latest MCA Nashville collection. At a time when "country" is used to describe just about any style recorded in Nashville, leave it to Vince to remind us that this music does have authentic roots and branches.

"There are a lot of left-field country records out there," he observes. "And I've certainly made my share of them. But lately I've found myself just missing real, true country music. Searching the radio, you don't hear very much of it. And I just miss singing those kinds of songs. "This time, I had a very definite idea of how I wanted the album to sound. In the past, I'd get with my fellow songwriters and just go with whatever came out. But I knew I wanted to write a very traditional record. I knew the kinds of songs that needed to be written. So I just decided to buckle down and do it."

Vince Gill wrote solo all but three of the 13 tunes for The Key. They include My Kind Of Woman/My Kind Of Man, his first true duet with his frequent harmony partner Patty Loveless; Hills Of Caroline, a folk song featuring Alison Krauss; The Key To Life, which honors the memory of his late father, and a jukebox weeper with Lee Ann Womack on harmonies titled Kindly Keep It Country. The last could serve as the theme song of The Key.

Along the way he zips through the western swinger I'll Take Texas, a toe-tapping Bakersfield Sound homage called I Never Really Knew You 'Til You Said Goodbye and the instant-classic roadhouse shuffle Don't Come Cryin' To Me. The lead-off hit single, If You Ever Have Forever In Mind, is Vince's way of tipping his hat to the grand masters of The Nashville Sound.

"I'm not afraid to tell somebody where I got a musical idea. The acoustic guitar solo on Let Her In is kinda reminiscent of Garden Party. I'm trying to emulate Buck Owens on I Never Really Knew You. I would be thrilled to death if somebody heard If You Ever Have Forever In Mind and walked up to me and said, 'You know, that reminds me of those Ray Charles records of the '60's where he sang country standards.' You flatter someone by trying to be like them, by being inspired by them. I hope that somewhere guys like Owen Bradley and Floyd Cramer are smiling down on this. Because I sure loved their records. I learned how to do what I do from those records."

The Key showcases the stylistic diversity that "country" embraces. Live To Tell It All is a classic hillbilly waltz. Faith Hill sings harmony on the blissfully romantic What They All Call Love. And, as always, there are few who can tug at the heartstrings with such aching sadness as Vince does here with All Those Years and There's Not Much Love Here Anymore.

In addition to the star's own stellar guitar and mandolin work, The Key includes such instrumental greats as the famed blind Nashville Sound pianist Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Grammy award winning guitarist Randy Scruggs, fiddler Stuart Duncan of The Nashville Bluegrass Band and steel guitarist John Hughey, who achieved fame in Conway Twitty's band, as well as Vince's. Patty, Alison, Lee Ann and Faith are augmented by such vocal greats as Sara Evans, Sonya Isaacs, Shelby Lynne and Dawn Sears.

The last time Vince Gill stepped up to the plate with a new collection of songs was in 1996 with High Lonesome Sound. That album hit a homerun by selling platinum and earning its maker three Grammy Awards. Vince now holds more Grammys than any other singer in Nashville history. His total of 17 CMA Awards is topped by no one else in the annals of country music. His five consecutive Country Male Vocalist and three consecutive Song of the Year CMA honors are also unequaled. All eight of his previous MCA albums are platinum or multi-platinum.

But if anyone in country music has defined humility, it is surely Vince Gill. It seems like the bigger he gets, the more down to earth he becomes. His generosity and kindness are legendary. His willingness to share and collaborate is documented by the more than 400 different artists he has sung and/or played with in the studio. He's always up for a good laugh, a steaming fast-food burger or a round of golf. He is the Anti-Star. As he sings in The Key To Life, his father Stan told him, "It's all for nothin' if you don't stay the same." And those are words that Vince Gill has lived by. The Oklahoma native was originally a sideman in such bands as The Bluegrass Alliance and Byron Berline's Sundance. He became the lead singer in Pure Prairie League in 1979, performing its hits Let Me Love You Tonight and Still Right Here In My Heart in 1980-81. He then returned to sideman work in The Cherry Bombs, backing Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash.

A move to Nashville in 1984 coincided with his first country recording contract. But during the next five years Vince was busier backing others in the studio or touring with Emmylou Harris than he was as a solo hitmaker. He finally caught fire after joining the MCA Nashville roster in 1989. His breathtaking string of chart-topping hits began in 1990 with When I Call Your Name and to date has included such percolating uptempo performances as Liza Jane, Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away, One More Last Chance, What the Cowgirls Do and A Little More Love; plus spirit-moving ballads like Never Knew Lonely, I Still Believe In You, When Love Finds You, Which Bridge To Cross and Whenever You Come Around. Records such as Worlds Apart, Pretty Little Adriana and Go Rest High On That Mountain are more than radio favorites, they are anthems that have healed us, taught us and inspired us. They are songs that show us what country music can be when it is at its best.

Today, Vince Gill stands at the threshold of a new period of growth and artistic development. His second orchestral Christmas album will ship this fall, the follow-up to his platinum Let There Be Peace On Earth of 1993. His first television special for CMT, Song and Verse, aired in June in conjunction with the launch of his 71-city tour, sponsored by the video channel. In the months to come, Vince will emerge as a record producer by guiding projects for longtime friend Patty Loveless and newcomer Sonya Isaacs. Through it all, you can bet on one thing. Vince Gill is a man who keeps even his deepest and most intense emotions close to the surface. That is why they infuse every note of music he plays and sings. And that is why The Key is the record that it is.

"Losing my dad last year made me remember all the great country records he raised me on," Vince reflects. "This is where my heart is right now; and I let my heart lead me."

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The most beautiful song Ive ever heard | Reviewer: Linda Wisehart | 12/27/12

Vince "Go Rest High On That Mountain" is the most beautiful song ever. My Grandson was murdered June 5, 2012 and we used this at his funeral, along with Puff Daddy's "I'll Be Missing you" his cousin picked that and Linkin Park "Leave Out All The Rest" he had posted a line from that song about a mouth before he was kill. He was a troubled kid but only after his "friends??????" got hi on drugs. He was shot 3 times in the chest. Him and I were very close and he lived with me several years. I play those 3 songs everynight before I go to bed and every morning before work I feel so much closer to him when I hear your song. I am having a hard time getting those feelings to stop,but I am very angry with God right now and I don't like the feeling. I feel so much better listening to your song. You are a great guy and have become very special to me. Bless You

I worked with Harry Gill, he played back up for hee Haw. | Reviewer: Ken Hoebbel | 3/12/11

Boy,, I bet that sure rattled some memories, Harry and his brother went into Chicago every week to rehurse and tape the show, in the late sixties, We lived in Weaton Ill. we worked as body men for Buick, he told me he had a nephew who was doing pretty good, I found it hard to belive you would ever be the fiddle player Harry and his brother was, time has won the story. I cant remember the tie betweeen okla. and Ill. My memorie isnt that good. It has been a while. for fifty years I have wanted to say hello.
Harry was right you were destine to be a big star. Kenny your uncle Harry Gill's friend.

the meaning of go rest high on that mountain | Reviewer: steve endicott | 1/28/10

This is for Janyce Demers,who wanted to know about "go rest high onthat mountain".It was originally written for Keith Whitley,who passed away in '89.Then,Vince's brother (I've forgotten his name,excuse me Vince)passed away,then it became even more poignant and meaningful to him.He included the lyrics on the back of the tribute album to Keith,entitled Kenucky Bluebird,but I'm not sure which album he recorded it on.

Meaning of Go Rest High on the Mountain | Reviewer: Janyce Demers | 11/11/09

I am wondering where the idea of the song came from. My son died of suicide in July 2008 and at his funeral my daughter made a CD and played this song. I play it over and over and just want to Thank you for writing this song that has brought me comfort in such a tragic time in my life. Again Thank you. Janyce Demers-Hooksett New Hampshire.

a get-together for a online support group | Reviewer: selma flynn | 8/23/07

hi vince my name is selma flynn i live in pa im in a online support group because june 4 05 my son was murdered we are having a get-together in apr 08 and we were wish you could please help us out here is the name of the group im in precious memorials and the email address is there is going to be about 75 people who lost a love one we would love to see if you would be able to come for one nite to sing for us here is were its going to be please if you could help us out we could love to meet you thank you for your time USA PM GET-TOGETHER

April 25, 26, 27

Lake Lure, North Carolina

The last decision on where we are going for the Precious Memorials Get-Together has been made and final!!! I apologize for any confusion. I have been trying to find the best place that fits our needs and will work with us on the pricing. I have wheeled and dealed to get us a wonderful, beautiful, serene place.

Designed with leisure in mind, the nostalgic atmosphere of The 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa is apparent the moment you enter its historic foyer. Recently restored to its full splendor, the Inn is home to a unique collection of art and antiques, and each of our rooms is furnished with modern amenities for your comfort during your stay.
While dining at The Veranda Restaurant, we invite you to enjoy our lovely gardens by the pool overlooking the lake. At the Moose and Goose Lounge you can enjoy a relaxing beverage after a long day.

Pamper yourself at Allure, our full service spa offering state-of-the-art treatment rooms and a variety of services.
The Inn was built so guests from throughout the world could enjoy the recreational opportunities and beauty of Lake Lure. We invite you to join us, relax and experience the historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn and Spa. It is also where the filming of Dirty Dancing took place.
Prices are listed per room per night. Meals are separate, plan on about $60.00 or so for your meals. For those who can help with the cost of the conference room. The amount is about $12.oo per person. We will receive this money as you arrive and are settled.


$89.00 per night per room (for those sharing the cost will be much less per night)

The money is due when you arrive. I will send an email within a week hopefully with the details so you can reserve your room.

The Hotel will shuttle from airport (free) plus we have members who have volunteered to help to. Please if at all possible arrive by 4:00 PM. FYI Some members are arriving on Thursday to make a longer weekend of it. Feel free to do so.


There are things planned to Honor our loved ones that you will find out once you are here. Always thinking of our Angels.

4:00 PM – Arrival – greeted
6:00 PM - Appetizers – social get to know everyone
Intros Ice Breakers
Balloon Release w/messages to our Angels
Message from Delia on CD

7:30 PM – Relaxing and social

8:00 AM - breakfast
10:00 AM – meet with each other in Conference Room, the Roosevelt
11:30 AM - lunch cruise on the Lake
1:00 PM – not yet planned
3:30 PM - Social in conference room
4:30 PM – 5:30 Free time
5:30 - ? Dinner Early buffet is $9.99 or order from menu will all eat together
7:30 - ? Meet in conference room


Breakfast and farewells

Help needed

Welcome Bags
Chips n snacks
Greeters need 4
Items for Welcome bag
Anyone an artist?
Anyone with talent? A poem? Sing??

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet the ones that have been there for you all along! It is so wonderful to be with those who truly understand.

Any questions please email:

This is the link to sign up!

Glory Bumps | Reviewer: Donna Simington | 3/11/07

Hi,a huge Vince Gill fan I would like to know if its possible for me to send some Christian country song ideas for collaborating lyrics to Vince? My song titles are #1 Glory Bumps #2BEWARE #3Gods Ten Commandments Are Still The Same #4 We All Get Back The Respect That We Gave. / which together would make a great anniversary tune for Amy and Vince to sing. #5 Miracles Grow Where We Plant Them! I've been praying for God to appoint angels for me to collaborate lyrics would you please send this email message to Vince? God Bless! GLORY BUMPS CHORUS; If you think I'm crazy don't let this bother you please tell me how you explain the glory bumps when Gods Holy Spirit reaches out to you? Sincerely,Donna Simington Claysburg, 814-239-5815

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