Several country stars are showing their strength as part of the USO’s new Flex 4 Forces campaign, which brings attention to the USO’s mission of keeping service members connected to family, home and country. The campaign calls on the public to demonstrate appreciation to service members and their families by striking a biceps flex and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #Flex4Forces. That person can then nominate four additional people to flex next, much like the Ice Bucket Challenge did in 2014 to bring awareness to ALS.
- Tim McGraw flexed his muscles for the campaign over the weekend, nominating NFL great Brett Favre to take the challenge next. Favre then flexed his stuff and nominated Garth Brooks, who posted a gym selfie showing off his big guns. Garth, in turn, nominated tennis player Serena Williams to take the challenge next.
On this day in 2011, Scotty McCreery won FOX’s “American Idol. He would go on to sing “Live Like You Were Dying” on the episode with Tim McGraw. Runner-up Lauren Alaina dueted with Carrie Underwood on “Before He Cheats”.
On this day in 2003, Tim McGraw captures his 20th career number one single with “She’s My Kind of Rain”. The song was released as the third single from his album Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors.
The single also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance-Male at the 46th Grammy Awards.
On this day in 1999, Faith Hill took home four trophies at the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music awards on CBS from Los Angeles. Hill won Single Record and Video of the Year for “This Kiss”, claimed the Top Female Vocalist award, and shared the Vocal Event Award with husband Tim McGraw for “Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me”.
On this day in 2007, Taylor Swift received a Gold Single for her debut, “Tim McGraw”. The song was released as the first single from her self-titled debut album. “Tim McGraw” peaked at #6 on the Billboard US Hot Country Songs chart and #40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song has since been Certified Platinum.
On this day in 1967, Tim McGraw was born in Delhi, Louisiana. McGraw was the only child of Elizabeth “Betty” Ann D’Agostino and Frank Edwin “Tug” McGraw Jr. Tug was a star pitcher for the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies.
McGraw grew up believing his stepfather, Horace Smith, was his father. From the time of his mother’s marriage until the time he met his biological father, his last name was Smith. Tim was 18 years old when Tug first realized how much Tim looked like him at that age, and he acknowledged paternity. They remained close until Tug’s death in 2004.
Tug gave Tim’s demo to a friend at Curb Records and the rest was history.
Faith Hill took to social media yesterday (4/18) to share a special fan encounter that took place during the opening weekend of her “Soul2Soul Tour” with Tim McGraw. In a video posted on Twitter, Faith introduced the world to a young fan named Rosie, whom she met ahead of their April 9 “Soul2Soul Tour” stop in Tupelo, Mississippi. During their meeting, Hill asked Rosie which song she wanted to sing, and the girl didn’t hesitate to say, “Mississippi Girl.” The two then sang chorus of Hill’s 2005 hit without missing a beat.
Less than a week after Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s new single, “Speak to a Girl,” hit country radio, the duet has already achieved this year’s highest country airplay debut and the largest one-week add total. The song debuted at #19 on Billboard’s country airplay chart and had a total of 146 Billboard and Mediabase stations on board for yesterday’s (3/27) official impact date.
· As previously announced, the couple will also perform “Speak to a Girl” on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are releasing a new duet single, “Speak to a Girl,” this Thursday (3/23). The single will impact country radio at 5 PM ET and will be available to download and stream shortly after that. Adding to the excitement, Tim and Faith are also set to give the world television premiere of “Speak to a Girl” on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2.
· “Speak to a Girl” is the lead single from the couple’s first joint album that will be released by Sony Music Entertainment later this year.