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McGraw, Hill excited to return

Country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Photo by Danny Clinch.
Country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Photo by Danny Clinch.

THE ability to turn their tour into a big family holiday was the deciding factor for country music royalty Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to return to Australia.

Tickets went on sale yesterday for their seven-date tour, which is the power couple's first tour together outside of the US and Canada.

Speaking to APN from their home in Nashville, the country music power couple expressed their excitement about returning to Australia with their three daughters - Gracie, Maggie and Audrey - after spending 10 days in the country last year during McGraw's Southern Voice Tour.

"We had so much fun last time," said McGraw.

"For years we've always wanted to go down to Australia but the timing never quite worked out.

"It's a big vacation for us. I know my middle daughter is looking forward to getting into a shark cage. She is brave, a real nature girl."

The tour has been a long time coming for Hill, who tried to come to Australia before taking a break from recording to focus on her young daughters.

"I was supposed to come in 2001 upon the release of my Cry album and something happened and we had to change our plans and I never made it back," said Hill.

"When Tim cam last year to perform it was like ok, I want to come next time. I want to be on stage as well."

Separately, Hill and McGraw are two of America's most enduring country music artists.

McGraw was the most played artist of the past decade on American radio and has had 11 consecutive albums debut at No 1 on the Billboard charts.

Hill was named the adult contemporary artist of the past decade (2000-2009) by Billboard and has eight No 1 singles to her name, including her crossover hit Breathe.

Together, they are one of the industry's most stable partnerships, managing to balance two stellar careers with family.

They share two Grammy Awards for their duets Let's Make Love and Like We Never Loved At All, and their 2006 Soul2Soul II Tour is the highest grossing tour in country music history.

"Any time I've got that blonde with me tickets sell out really fast," joked McGraw.

Surprisingly, McGraw said he was unsure of the reception he'd receive when he toured Australia for the first time last year.

"I'd never been in Australia before. I wasn't sure what it would be like," he said.

"I wasn't sure if they'd know who I was, so it was a great surprise to see the reaction."

Both singer songwriters will have new material to play for Australian fans when they reach our shores next year.

Hill is currently in the studio recording her first studio album in seven years.

"I've just been trying to find that sweet spot to fill a void I've been missing musically, to set a new path for myself," she said.

"I feel like my fans have been incredibly supportive over the years. I hope that they love this record. It's very soulful."

Once Hill has finished recording, McGraw will hit the studio to work on his next album.

After legal battles with his former record company Curb over the release of his album Emotional Traffic, recorded last year, McGraw said it was time to move on.

"They've sort of taken it hostage," he said.

"I hope the fans get to hear it. I'll play a few songs from it for sure, but I have to move on."

The Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Australia 2012 Tour starts in Perth on March 18 and plays Adelaide, CMC Rocks the Hunter Valley and Melbourne before playing two shows in Brisbane on March 23 and 24.

The tour finishes in Sydney on March 27.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek.

Topics:  faith hill tim mcgraw



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