Vince Gill: Biography
A breif biography of Vince Gill'slife, music, career, and how he got where he is today in country music.
Vince Gill is a multitalented singer, songwriter, and performer, and is also known for his community involvement and participation in charity events. Gill grew up in Oklahoma where he learned to play the banjo and guitar as a child. In high school Vince played in a band called Mountain Smoke. The band became popular enough to earn an opening gig for the pop country group Pure Prairie League.
When Gill turned 18 he moved to Kentucky to play with musicians Sam Bush and Dan Crary in the Bluegrass Alliance. He made his way to Los Angeles within one year where he joined the band Sundance. Gill played with Sundance for two years then joined Pure Prairie Leagues as the lead singer in 1979, and he wrote the 1980 top 40 hit "I’m almost Ready." Vince played with Pure Prairie League for three years and his wife Janis Oliver had a child. Gill joined the band Cherry Bombs.
In 1984 Vince moved his family to Nashville where he recorded three solo albums. His solo career took off in 1989 with his first album "When I call Your Name." All of Gill's MCA releases reached platinum status. In 1992 Gill was asked to join the Grand OLE Opry, and being the winner of 17 country music association trophie, Gill has received more awards than any other artist.
Vince received Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995, and Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Gill's latest album "Lets Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye" was released in 2000.