Looking for love? Become a country star! Not only are our favorite country singers shacking up with each other, but they’re also collaborating outside the bedroom on tours, events and music. In today’s celebrity-obsessed climate, pop, rock and rap star romances are ripe topics for gossip fodder (take Peter Wentz and Ashley Simpson, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Gwen Stephani and Gavin Rossdale for instance). Country music is perhaps even more well-known for it’s long history of famous couplings, from Roy Rogers and Dale Evans to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Today’s country couples are using synergy and teamwork to take their already booming careers to new heights with the one person who really matters, their significant other.
Take Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Nashville’s pinnacle of country coupling. After meeting on the “Spontaneous Combustion” tour in 1996, Faith and Tim got married, had three little girls and made tidal waves in the ocean of duets and tours together. Tim and Faith’s collaborations include daughters Gracie, Maggie and Audrey, as well as four Top 10 hits and two tours. Their first duet, “It’s Your Love” (1997) started their career coupling fire, making it to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Tracks charts. Following that hit came “Let’s Make Love” (2000), “Like We Never Loved at All” (2005) and “I Need You” (2007), all of which made the Top 10 on the charts as well. Not only were they able to make one hell of a duet, they also put on quite a tour as well. With 182 shows, the Soul2Soul tours in 2000 and 2006-2007 sold over 2 million tickets combined. The second tour, Soul2Soul II made history, as it was the highest grossing country tour of all time. With all of this success career-wise, you’d think the couple would lack elsewhere but that’s just not the case. They schedule their tours around the school schedules of their 3 young children, and refuse to go more than 3 days apart from one another, making their thriving careers, and overall success, a family affair.
A younger country couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have also used their love for the better. Having met on CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets concert in 2006, it’s no surprise they can make sweet, sweet music together. They recorded a cover of Michael Bublé’s “Home,” for which Miranda takes credit in finding for Blake. Not only did they go on a successful tour together in 2008, but they also use their celebrity for the better. They also teamed up for the Cause for the Paws events, which help struggling Humane Societies in Texas. This year, the couple helped rasie over $118,000 dollars for their furry friends.
With all the mushy love ballads, heartfelt breakup songs and little diddies about makin’ love, its no surprise gatherings of country stars are brimming with emotion. Other country couples who make their love known on the country circuit are Mr. Country Music himself, Garth Brooks and his bride, Trisha Yearwood,
who met while touring together nearly 20 years ago. Also, Brad Paisley met his match, “According to Jim” star Kimberly Williams Paisley when he requested the actress star in a music video he hoped to make, influenced by her Father of the Bride movies, which was for a song off his album Part II. Since then, they’ve had 2 sons, William “Huck”, and Jasper.
Based on all these country couples do together, while staying together, its pretty clear that love really does bring out the best in them.