McGraw/Hill announce first joint CD
Monday, October 9, 2017
– Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced they will release their first album together, "The Rest of Our Life," on Nov. 17.
The 11-song collection will be released by Sony Music Entertainment under the Arista Nashville/McGraw Music imprint. McGraw and Hill released the title track, penned by Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac to country radio on Friday. Directed by Grant Singer, the video for "The Rest of Our Life," was also released.
The album features the CMA Award-nominated first single, "Speak to a Girl." Lori McKenna helped write two songs on the CD, while Meghan Trainor had a hand in one.
Hill and McGraw produced 9 of the 11 songs with Byron Gallimore, McGraw's long-time producer, and two tracks with Dann Huff. The track listing is:
1. The Rest of Our Life (Ed Sheeran/Amy Wadge/Johnny McDaid/Steve Mac)
2. Telluride (Jon Randall/Jessi Alexander)
3. The Bed We Made (Lori McKenna/Liz Rose/Hillary Lindsey)
4. Cowboy Lullaby (Brett James/Brett Beavers)
5. Break First (Emily Weisband/Ashley Gorley/Jerry Flowers)
6. Love Me to Lie (Hayley Warner/Maureen McDonald/Nathan Chapman)
7. Sleeping in the Stars (Jaida Dreyer/Mark Irwin/Gareth Dunlop)
8. Damn Good at Holding On (Lori McKenna/Barry Dean)
9. Devil Callin' Me Back (Jesse Frasure/Ben Caver/Nolan Sipe)
10. Speak to a Girl (Shy Carter/Dave Gibson/Joe Spargur)
11. Roll the Dice (Shy Carter/Bobby Hammrick/James LeBlanc/Meghan Trainor)
Showtime Networks will air the concert special Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul on Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. eastern on demand and over the internet.
Hill and McGraw will bring their Soul2Soul World Tour to C2C: Country to Country Festival in London, Glasgow and Dublin in March 2018.
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