Hill performs at CRS
Friday, February 24, 2012
– Faith Hill performed at the Warner Bros. Nashville Country Radio Seminar luncheon today, her first performance at CRS in more than a decade.
Hill performed five of her number one hits including Mississippi Girl, The Way You Love Me, This Kiss, Breathe and Piece of My Heart and debuted two brand new songs from her forthcoming CD - 600 Years and American Heart.
Hill released a single, Come Home, several months ago, but the song only reached 26 on the Billboard chart.
The CRS gathering of radio personnel from around the U.S. has provided labels with a chance to introduce new artists along with veterans, including George Strait and Alan Jackson.
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Joy to the World
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Finally, after 14 years in the recording business and more than 30 charting songs, Faith Hill released a greatest hits plus package. The songs go all the way from "Wild One" and "Piece of My Heart," her first two singles ever from 1993 and 1994 with both going number one up to "Mississippi Girl" from 2005 plus a few new songs.
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Faith Hill stayed so far from her country roots with 2003's "Cries" that she laid an egg on country radio. The album was so pop that there was nothing for radio to play.
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