Tim McGraw: “Music Is My First Love”

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Tim McGraw: “Music Is My First Love”

Tim McGraw has seen a lot of success in recent years on the big screen, success that will undoubtedly continue with his latest role in Country Strong. While Tim continues to establish himself as an actor, he has no plans to leave the country music world. “I’m a country singer,” he told The Boot. “Look, I still got three daughters. There’s a lot of shoes to buy. I’ve got to pay my bills. I’d like to be considered an actor also, but music is my first love.”

One thing that hasn’t come so easy for Tim is losing the country star reputation while on a movie set. He hopes he can separate himself as an actor, not just a country singer who stars in movies. “You don’t want anybody coming in the film and every scene I’m in saying, ‘Isn’t that the guy who sings country?’ ” he says. “If that starts happening, you sort of ruin the movie… So I know that’s a fear that anybody has in hiring me, and, hopefully, that’s going to go away.”

As far as the music, Tim has a new album ready to go and he’s hopeful it will be released in the spring. He’s preparing to part ways with longtime label, Curb Records, a move that he says is long overdue. “I’ve got some really good options out there. I’m at a really good point in my career… I really think I’m at the beginning of my career. I’ve got a lot more ahead of me than behind me. I really only think I’m about 30% into it.” he said (via The Boot). “It’s a long time coming. Twenty years with any label, I think, is too much, so unless you’re really having a great relationship … I think it’s a good time for me to go out and see what’s out there for me.”

He plans on following up the new album with a tour; a tour during which you may see his Country Strong co-star Gwyneth Paltrow. During the Country Strong premiere a couple of weeks ago, Gwyneth said that Tim “keeps joking that I should go on the road as his opening act. And I keep saying, 'Let's do it. Let's make it happen.' I don't know about a whole tour but a string of nights could be fun.”

With the release of Country Strong on January 7 and a possible new album in the coming months, Tim is getting 2011 started off right for his fans!