McGraw and Hill's third daughter Audrey Caroline (named after Hill, whose given name is Audrey) is born eight weeks early, weighs only 3-lbs. 11-oz. and has undeveloped lungs. In 2006, however, Hill tells PEOPLE that a recovered Audrey had become "the feistiest one of them all."
McGraw releases Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors, which sells 602,000 copies in its first week. He fulfills a promise that he'll buy all the band members Harleys if their album sells a half-million copies in that time period, McGraw buys the three Harleys and a few vintage cars. With his band, McGraw records nine albums, which produce 25 No. 1 singles, selling more than 33 million copies.
Tug McGraw dies of brain cancer and, at his request, spends his last days in the guest cabin of his son's Tennessee farm. Later that year, McGraw releases his wildly popular album, Live Like You Were Dying, which spends 10 weeks at No. 1. Though the album wasn't planned as a tribute to Tug, McGraw tells Billboard that recording it shortly after his father's death was "therapeutic."
McGraw gains acting cred for his role as an alcoholic and abusive father in Friday Night Lights. He earns an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Breakthrough Male.
McGraw and Hill again hit the road together for their Soul2Soul II tour, and Billboard magazine dubs them "the king and queen of country music." McGraw tells PEOPLE, "I love to see her come offstage [after a solo] and go, 'Yes! It was awesome.' And I say to her, 'Oh yeah? Watch this!'"
McGraw receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, he jokes, "I really still don't know how it happens – maybe they made a mistake or something." Later that month, McGraw stars as a Wyoming rancher in Flicka and does his own riding and roping in the film. Hill, who helps him memorize his lines, isn't a huge fan of his kissing scene with onscreen wife Maria Bello. "Uh," he tells PEOPLE, "it wasn't her favorite part [of the movie]."
McGraw releases his 11th album, Let It Go, the follow-up to 2004's smash hit Live Like You Were Dying. Let It Go debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sells 325,000 copies in its first week. This is McGraw's fourth No. 1 album and his ninth on Billboard's Top Country Albums list. Billboard writes of his latest work: "This is one of the best interpretations of the country tradition by McGraw yet ... Let It Go was well worth the wait and McGraw is still at the top of the heap."
McGraw appears on the cover of PEOPLE's country music special issue, where he talks romance (he rented a luxury yacht in Greece for Hill's 40th birthday last year) and reveals his new tattoo ("DHD" above his ankle for his longtime band the Dancehall Doctors). "She's the boss, that's for sure," McGraw says of his wife of nearly 12 years. "And that's the way I like it. That way I don't have to think!"
After releasing his 10th studio album, Southern Voice, McGraw stars opposite Sandra Bullock in the football family drama, The Blind Side. The film, based on the story of Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, is a surprise hit, grossing more than $208.5 million at the domestic box office.
McGraw plays husband and managaer to Gwyneth Paltrow in Country Strong, about a bottomed-out singer's return to the top. "It certainly made me a better actor being there with her," he tells OK! of his leading lady. "Everybody around her rises when she's in a scene." McGraw also complimented Paltrow's singing chops, saying, "She's a great country singer because when it came out it was pure honesty."
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