Gill, Vince


    • From Norman, Oklahoma.
    • Seriously considered golf as a profession, but decided to play bluegrass instead.
    • First band: Mountain Smoke (in high school). This band once opened for Pure Prairie League, a band he would later join.
    • Age 18, joined the Bluegrass Alliance.
    • Mid-70’s, joined Byron Berline’s and Sundance.
    • Late-70’s, joined the country-rock band Pure Prairie League. While he was with that group, they had several #1 records, including “Let Me Love You Tonight.”
    • 1984, became a solo artist (signed with RCA Records). First #1 hit: “When I Call Your Name.”
    • 1990, co-hosted the first IBMA Awards Show (in Owensboro, Kentucky).
    • 1992, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
    • 1991-2004, hosted the CMA awards.
    • 1997, performed a tribute to Bill Monroe at the Grammy Awards.
    • 1997, won IBMA award for Song of the Year for his song “High Lonesome Sound.”
    • 2000, married singer Amy Grant.
    • 2007, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
    • 2008, won a Grammy (Best Country Album) for “These Days,” a 4-CD project which included the bluegrass album Little Brother: The Acoustic Record (MCA Nashville).
    • As of 2014, he has won 20 Grammys, 18 Country Music Association Awards, one IBMA Award and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.