Vince Gill's father encouraged him to learn to play guitar and banjo, which he did along with bass, mandolin and fiddle. In high school, he performed in the bluegrass band Mountain Smoke, which built a strong local following and opened a concert for Pure Prairie League.
In 1983, Gill signed with RCA Records and moved to Nashville. A perennial chart-topper, Vince Gill also co-hosted the CMA Awards for the first time in 1992. He continued to host "Country Music's Biggest Night" for 12 consecutive years, ending his run in 2003. Gill not only set a record for the most times anyone has consecutively hosted a televised award show, but he set the bar for other television awards emcees with his respect for his peers and the audience, quick ad libs and gentle humor.
Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He's received 20 Grammy awards, and is a member of the Grand Ole Opry. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament in 1993 in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of Country Music's best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career. In August of 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill as the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.