One of country music’s biggest stars credits her success to the fact that her birth mother gave her up for adoption.
In 1967, at just three days old, the woman we now know as Faith Hill was adopted by Ted and Edna Perry. The couple had two sons of their own, but always wanted a girl. The Perrys had previously discovered they could not have any more children, and decided to adopt. They named her Audrey Faith Perry, and did everything in their power to give her a life filled with love and happiness.
Hill's parents always encouraged her music, and at just 7-years old she took to the stage. She has since become one of the most successful women in country music, winning five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and fifteen Academy of Country Music Awards.
“I . . . had a pretty amazing childhood,” Faith Hill told Larry King in a 2006 interview. “My mom and my dad and my brothers, they are amazing.” She enjoyed a “very stable, good Christian, God-fearing home.”
Hill had always known from a very young age that she was adopted. This caused her to wonder about the woman, Paula, who was her biological mother. Of course she was happy and loved the family she had been blessed with, but there was a part of her that wanted to know more.
“I was adopted into this incredible home, a loving, positive environment, yet I had this yearning….”
So in 1990, Hill decided to search for her birth mother. She eventually found the woman responsible for giving her life, and the experience was overwhelming. “I just stared at her . . . I’d never seen anyone that looked anything like me. It was the awe of seeing someone you came from. It fills something.”
How does Hill feel now? She says she has a lot of respect for her birth mother, and there are no feelings of anger. Hill understands that she only wanted a better life for her, and that means the world.
“How thankful I am that she was able to give me the opportunity that I had,” Faith said on Larry King Live. “I was placed into an incredible home that . . . is responsible for the way I am today and the backbone that I have in order to do this for a living.”
Hill's story is truly inspiring, and we are grateful for the success and music she has made along the way! Below is her #1 song "Mississippi Girl" that pays respect to the place she calls home.
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