A Country Music
artist known for his silky tenor voice, multifaceted style, and instrumental prowess on both guitar and mandolin.
Gill began his career in the 1970s with the country rock band Pure Prairie League before moving to Rodney Crowell's backing band, The Cherry Bombs, in 1981. He signed with RCA Records in 1983 and put out three modestly successful albums: Turn Me Loose
, The Things That Matter
, and The Way Back Home
. After transferring to MCA in 1989, Gill's career kicked into motion: his first MCA disc produced the #2 hit "When I Call Your Name", with his next four albums each producing several Top 10 hits (including four number 1 hits from I Still Believe in You
). It was at MCA that Gill developed his signature style, blending mainstream country and bluegrass, often with a high emphasis on ballads.
Although Gill's fortunes faded in the late 1990s, he continues to record to this day. He can frequently be heard singing backing vocals on just about everything.