Hottest Music City Couples
Learn how these musical power players met, fell in love, and married.
Written By: Valerie Hammond
HOLLY & CHRIS:
Released February 5th of this year, Holly Williams' raw and sensitive album The Highway, shows off the richest parts of her voice and her life. This marks her first record as a married woman, and multi-instrumentalist husband Chris Coleman is just one of the many collaborators you'll hear (Jackson Browne, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jakob Dylan to name a few). Listen to Holly and Chris sing Amazing Grace.
BLAKE & MIRANDA:
Introduced back in 2005 at a CMT concert and married in 2011, these two outspoken country musicians don't mind sharing the stage for special occasions like Super Bowl XLVI. Enjoy a more recent reprise of one of their famous duets together — Blake's cover of Michael Bublé's "Home" with Miranda on back ground vocals.
JESSIE & NATHAN:
What a better place for musicians to meet than say, a music festival. Stars aligned under the Tennessee sky in 2007 when Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill met his now wife singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin at Bonnaroo. Last January Jessie gifted our ears with Little Spark,
a sweet vibey record with 12 songs that are as smooth and free as the open road. Just because the pair don't make music together doesn't mean they don't collaborate—the Followill name rocks on with baby Violet, born in late December 2012.
FAITH & TIM:
The epitome of country music couples, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill first met when they were brand new artists at a radio seminar in Nashville. After traveling and touring together, their relationship went from a spark to a flame. Both are devoted to family, faith and of course, country music. You've heard their classic romantic duets, "It's Your Love" and "Let's Make Love" but this year it gets even better—they've joined forces for Soul2Soul, a tour at the Venetian in Vegas that includes shows in February, March and April. Watch their duet, "I Need You".
ELLIE & DREW
These songbirds met as students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After marrying and nesting in Nashville, Ellie Holcomb took up a job as a teacher while Drew Holcomb traveled with his band The Neighbors for more than half the year. It didn't take long for Drew to ask his wife to quit her job and join him on the road as a background singer and musician in the band. Their sound together is perfection—listen to "Nothing but Trouble," I hope you'll agree.
SANDRA & DEREK:
Boy sees girl in coffee shop. Girl is playing music. Boy leaves but can't get girl out of his head. Boy chases girl. All the way to Nashville. Enter real life music makers Sandra McCracken and Derek Webb, and that's pretty much their story. A coffee run quickly turned into a 13 year marriage (and counting). They write and release music separately but have done a tandem project, the TN EP, showcasing their lyrical prowess and love for Tennessee. Enjoy "From You to Me," filmed at their home in East Nashville.
AMY & VINCE:
There's no mistaking these two first names: I'm referring to legendary musicians and Nashvillians, Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Married in 2000, Gill put out Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye that same year celebrating the new relationship. Spot these regulars at the Green Hills Y or on stage at their yearly Christmas special, Christmas at the Ryman. This month you can find Gill playing as a member of The Time Jumpers (Feb 18 and 25 at 3rd & Lindsley).
JANA & BRANTLEY
These newbies to the country music scene recently got engaged in January 2013. Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert's first encounter was at the CMT Music Awards in 2012 and they claim, "if it wasn't for country music, we never would have met." The actress-turned-singer released her first self-titled album in 2012. Gilbert knew he had a good thing and went all out, renting out the historic Ryman Auditorium for the proposal.