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Vince Gill and Alison Krauss earned IBMA Song Of the Year honors for High
Lonesome Sound in 1997. Vince wrote the song and sings in this CMA Live
About the artist
He was born in Norman, Oklahoma and learned to play several instruments,
including banjo and guitar before he started high school. After he graduated, he
played in a number of bluegrass bands.
He debuted on the national scene with the country rock band Pure Prairie
League in 1979, appearing on that band's album Can't Hold Back.
Gill appeared on two subsequent albums along with his then current wife, Janice
Gill before signing as a solo with RCA Records in 1983. He first charted while on
In 1989 he switched to MCA Records where he recorded his breakthrough hit
"When I Call Your Name." His 1998 album The Key received great critical
acclaim, and is considered by some to be among the best country music albums
ever released. His other albums include Next Big Thing (2003) and Let's Make
Sure We Kiss Goodbye (2000).
Gill hosted the CMA Awards every year from 1992 to 2003. In 2004 he received
a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 1997, he was
inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Gill married pop singer Amy Grant in March 2000. He divorced country singer
Janis Gill of Sweethearts of the Rodeo fame, in 1997.