Success is not measured by the number of years you have stayed at your workplace, but by how relevant you are to the people around you. Vince Gill has had a brilliant career for decades, and yet he is not just an ordinary singer, but a role model for many aspiring singers trying to get a foothold in the music industry.
Popular for his heart-warming country hits, he also earns extra money as a songwriter and is known for being good with the guitar. Gill’s professional career began sometime in 1970 when he joined the country-rock band Pure Prairie League as frontman. He later became a soloist in 1983 and has performed in so many cities as a duet partner and guest singer.
In addition to a number of highly coveted awards, Vince has written, produced, and recorded over 20 studio albums. He is also the only male country artist to have won about 21 Grammy Awards. The musician has also recorded more than 40 hot country songs in the US billboard charts.
Vince Gill Bio, Age
The cult country singer’s full name is Vincent Grant Gill. He was born on April 12, 1957, in Norman, Oklahoma, in the United States as the son of a father who was a judge in administrative law.
Vince has an older half-brother named Bob Coen, who comes from his mother’s previous relationship. Bob died in 1993 after a fatal car accident in 1968 in which he suffered irreversible brain damage. He was 22 years old at the time of the accident.
The singer studied at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, where he was a member of the popular local band Mountain Smoke. Gill played bluegrass with the band and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky, after graduating high school in 1975. While living in Louisville, he performed with the band Bluegrass Alliance, and then joined the band Boone Creek. His next stop was Los Angeles, where he joined Byron Berline’s bluegrass group Sundance.
Gill owes his importance in the music industry to his father, who was a part-time member of a country band during his active years. He was the one who encouraged him to pursue a career in music and also to try his hand at the guitar and banjo.
Today the singer has about 18 CMA awards, which were given to him by the Country Music Association. Gill was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and was inducted into the Guitar Center Rock Walk on February 4, 2016. Sometime in 2017, he was hired by the Eagles alongside Deacon Frey to replace the late Glenn Frey.
Is He Married? Who Is His Wife? Daughter
Vince Gill was married twice in his life. His first attempt at marriage was with the country singer Janis Oliver, whom he met in Los Angeles. The couple married later in 1980 and in 1982 welcomed their first daughter Jennifer Jerene Gill.
Oliver, who was a member of the Sweethearts of the Rodeo band, was born on March 1, 1954, in South Bay Los Angeles. She divorced her husband in 1997 while they were still living in Nashville.
Four years after Vince divorced his first wife, he came into contact with Amy Grant, a Christian singer, and victim of a stormy marriage. After meeting in 1993, they formed a lasting friendship and later married in March 2000, a year after Grant divorced her husband Gary Chapman. Their marriage produced a daughter named Corrina Grant Gill.
Vince’s second wife, who was named Amy Lee Grant at birth, was born on November 25, 1960. She is also known as a writer and media personality and is popular for her classic pop hits, which made waves in the 1980s and 1990s.
Grant, known as “The Queen of Christian Pop”, has won twenty-two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and six Grammy Awards. She was the first Christian singer whose album went platinum in the music industry.
For selling more than 30 million albums worldwide and other notable successes in the music industry, Amy Grant was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She is the author of the memoir “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far”.
Vince Gill belongs to the class of musicians who have greatness on their side. His height is estimated at 6 feet (1.20 m) 3 inches (3 inches), while his body weight and other measurements are not available online, but he certainly looks fit.