- Hit songs include “I Still Believe in You,” “What the Cowgirls Do,” and “Tryin’ to Get Over You”
- Member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame
- Multiple CMA and Grammy awards
In 1975, Vince Gill joined the Bluegrass Alliance and moved to Kentucky. His brief stint there allowed him to play in Ricky Skaggs’ bluegrass band, Boone Creek. In 1976, Gill moved to Los Angeles where he eventually became the lead singer in the country-rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979. After a few years he returned to sideman work in the Cherry Bombs, backing Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash. During their tenure in the Cherry Bombs, Gill and keyboardist Tony Brown began a friendship that led to Gill being signed to both the RCA and MCA labels.
A move to Nashville in 1984 coincided with Gill’s recording contract after Brown, an RCA executive, signed him to the label. Gill’s output at RCA resulted in three Top 10 singles. However, Gill’s early singles didn’t propel him to immediate stardom.
After leaving the RCA roster, Gill moved to MCA, where Brown was then a producer and label executive. His 1989 debut album for MCA, When I Call Your Name, sold 1 million copies and his breakthrough at radio came with the title track. It went on to win single of the year honors at the CMA Awards. Gill’s subsequent albums in the ’90s were huge hits providing a string of No. 1 singles including “I Still Believe in You,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “The Heart Won’t Lie,” “One More Last Chance” and “Tryin’ to Get Over You.”
Gill has sold more than 26 million albums and earned 18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammys. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male country artist. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of country music's best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career. Gill is also a member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 5, 2007.