The nation couple first met at a Nashville gig in late 1994, once they had been every seeing different folks. On-time, the “Simply to See You Smile” singer was relationship Kristine Donahue, and Hill had simply finalized her divorce from Daniel Hill. Two years later, Religion joined McGraw on the Spontaneous Combustion tour, and sparks started to fly.
After a whirlwind romance, the “Don’t Take the Lady” crooner wed his nation cutie in October 1996 in his Louisiana hometown. Practically 20 years later, McGraw regarded again on the romantic moment he proposed to his soulmate on tour.
“We had been within the dressing room, right here, June 26, 1996, and it was raining and stuff, and we’d been on tour for some time collectively, and I joked round together with her about getting married. And so I checked out her, grabbed her by the hand, and dropped ahead [on my knees] onstage,” he recalled in a nostalgic video in October 2015. “She mentioned, ‘We’re at a rustic music pageant in a trailer home, and also you’re asking me to marry you?’ And I mentioned, ‘Yeah.’ So I went on stage … Once I got here again offstage, [, I saw] a Sharpie with lipstick kisses throughout it, saying, ‘Sure! I’m gonna be your spouse.’”
The couple introduced their love all throughout the nation — and later, all over the world — on their Soul2Soul tour. Between gigs, awards exhibits, and recording hits, the pair welcomed three daughters: Grace in 1997, Maggie in 1998, and Aubrey in 2001.
Though their most troublesome moments, McGraw and the “Mississippi Lady” songstress have stood firmly by one, another’s a facet. When Religion misplaced her father, Ted Perry, in February 2019, her husband shared a loving tribute on social media in his honor.
“He was the sweetest, kindest, most gentleman I’ve ever recognized,” McGraw wrote on time. “No man in my life has ever made such an impression on me as to tips on how to be a human father and buddy.”