The owner of the name Vincent Grant Gill is a singer, musician and country songwriter. Born in Oklahoma, US, on April 12, 1957, he had joined a country-rock band Pure Prairie League around the 1970s before starting his career as a solo singer in 1983.
Gill’s childhood is mostly spent in Oklahoma. His father, J. Stanley Gill is a lawyer who is also a music player. Thanks to his father’s support, Gill learned various musical instruments including banjo and guitar. During high school, Gill joined the Bluegrass Revues band. With his band, he once played with Mountain Smoke who was the opening band for Pure Prairie League and Kiss. After graduating from high school, he joined the band The Cherry Bombs with Rodney Crowell.
Throughout his career, Gill has recorded more than 20 albums and successfully sold more than 22 million copies. He has received 18 CMA Awards from the Country Music Association including the Entertainer of the Year award and the Male Vocalist Awards. He also has 27 Grammy Awards, more than any other male country singer.
In 1980 Gill married a fellow country singer, Janis Oliver. They have a daughter named Jennifer Jerene Gill who was born on May 5, 1982. Around the mid-1990s, Janis and Gill separated and officially divorced in June 1998. Two years later, hhe married Amy Grant and on March 12, 2001 he was blessed with a daughter named Corrina Grant Gill.
Gill’s name became widely known when he joined Pure Prairie League as a vocalist in 1979. Together with Pure Prairie League, Gill scored hits titled Let Me Love You Tonight contained in the album CAN’T HOLD BACK.
Seeing Gill’s skill, Mark Knopfer, Dire Straits frontman once invited him to join Dire Straits but Gill refused. The collaboration between Gill and Dire Straits is finally only limited to collaboration in the album ON EVERY STREET.
Since 1991, Gill joined the Grande Ole Opry, a stage for the biggest country musicians in Tennessee since 1925. In 2009 Gill collaborated on Daughtry’s second album, LEAVE THIS TOWN. In the album, Gill donated a song called Tennessee Line.
In February 2012, after 23 years working with the MCA NAshville label, Gill decided to end his collaboration. April 14, 2012, Gill duet with Bonnie Tyler in the song What You Need From Me, which was prepared for one of the latest album material. In September 2012, Gill entered the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.