Samuel Timothy McGraw was born in Delhi, LA, on May 1, 1967. Years later, Tim learned that his father was baseball player Tug McGraw, a star relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets.

He attended Northeast Louisiana University on a baseball scholarship, studying sports medicine, and it was only then that he started playing guitar to accompany his singing. He played local clubs and dropped out of school in 1989, heading to Nashville. When Tim McGraw debuted in the early '90s, few would have predicted that he would eventually take over Garth Brooks' position as the most popular male singer in country music. Yet that's exactly what he did, thanks to a string of multi-platinum albums, a high-profile marriage to fellow superstar Faith Hill, and a voice that was perfect for the commercial country that dominated his era.

The rest is history!