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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