The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 3, 1998 · Page 25
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Wednesday, June 3,1998 Hill finds faith in children and work M«« accused «/> **«»« Faith Hill is busy now, and with plans for more kids she'll be even more frantic By MICHAEL MEHLE Scripps Howard News Service Faith Hill doesn't need any lessons on how to juggle a career with family. Consider what the singer has been through in the past month. She has: • Thrown a party to celebrate the first birthday of her daughter, Gracie Katherine., • Released her third album, "Faith," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's country 'music charts. • Embarked on the summer's biggest country tour with George Strait, John Michael Montgomery and her husband, Tim McGraw. • Walked away with song, single, video and vocal performance .of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards for "It's'Your Love," the song she sang with McGr ( aw, • Entered the final trimester of pregnancy for her and McGraw's second child. "The most difficult part is finding clothes to wear on stage," she said. "I'm not going to sit here and say there's nothing to it. I've got a 1-year-old daughter who is full of energy, a career, a new album, I'm a wife and I'm expecting. "I mean, it doesn't stop. But it's amazing what '„ vpu can do when you know you've got to." Hill has energy to spare now only because she 'had been idle for 18 months. She took the time off after spending four years on the road; she needed the time to adjust, rest and reset her life after marrying McGraw and giving birth to their daughter. When it was time to work again, she wanted to do something different to reflect her new outlook on life. "A lot personally changed in my life, and I've grown a lot. Musically, I wanted to do something different," said Hill, who tapped two new producers for her third album. "It was scary for all of us involved, but I'm glad we did it," Hill said. "I was trying to make things more interesting for everybody." It was how she used the two new producers that made things so interesting. Dan Huff (The Wiggins) and Byron Gallimore (McGraw) both . File photo Faith Hill, who hit It big In country music In 1994 with 'Wild one," moved to Nashville from Mississippi when she was 19, but spent six years working as a receptionist before she got her big break, since then she's sold more than four million albums and had four No. 1 hits. ,. worked with Hill, on their own set of songs, not knowing what the other was up to. "There was a time when I didn't think it was going to work," said Hill, who was also the co-producer behind all the tracks. "I'll be honest with you, at the beginning, the idea was fantastic, it was exciting. "In the middle of the process, it was like, 'God, there's no way this is going to work. There's too much going on, too many cooks in the kitchen.' Then it kind of evolved, and it just really worked." Her label went along, because Hill has done no wrong since breaking through in 1994 with the single, "Wild One." Hill had moved to Nashville from the town of Star, Miss, (population: 2,500) when she was 19, but waited six years for her big break while working as a receptionist. Since then she has .sold more than 4 million copies of her first two albums and scored four No. Ihits. Despite the remarkable run, Hill has no intention of taking a break now, not even as her family and responsibilities expand. (And will continue to do so: "Tim and I want a slew of kids," she said.) "I don't take my success lightly," the singer said. "I don't feel that I'm in a place where I can be comfortable. It is great to be up top, to be at No. 1, to have an album that sells well, to be on an amazing tour and to be winning awards. "But it's not always going to be that way — for any of us. Not for LeAnn, for Shania, Deana or Martina. "The best thing that I can do for me is to stay focused." • Man accused of stalking NEW YORK — A man who served six years in prison for menacing President Ford was charged with sending death threats to how-low-can-you- go radio jock Howard Stern. Michael Lance Carvin, 43, of Las Vegas, was accused of sending postcards, letters and packages containing explicit threats against Stern and his wife, Alison, the Daily News reported. Carvin was indicted May 4. Court papers do not mention the Sterns. But the newspaper cited unidentified sources as confirming they were Carvin's targets. Unfit for a queen Spain's queen for a day ATHENS, Greece — Queen Sophia of Spain returned to Greece on for the first time in 17 years. The wife of King Juan Carlos is the sister of Greece's former King Constantine. She was last in her home country to attend her mother's funeral in 1981. The couple were greeted at the start of a five- day visit by President Costis Stephanopoulos and Premier Costas Simitis, but there were no large crowds and they made no public comments. As she walked up to the presidential mansion in downtown Athens, Sophia stared at the building that had been the royal palace of her childhood. Tooting her horn College honors singer NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The singer known for her silky rendition of "Stormy Weather" received an honorary degree from Yale University at a graduation ceremony cut short by pouring rain. Lena Home, received a standing ovation as she accepted her honorary doctorate of humane letters. She did not give a speech and didn't talk to reporters. Yale President Richard Levin praised Home, 80, for her achievements. 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