McGraw, (Samuel) Tim(othy)
- David B. Pruett
(b Delhi, LA, May 1, 1967). American country recording artist. A contemporary of Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and other “hat acts” of the era, McGraw reached national and international attention as a country musician in the early 1990s. He first met his biological father Tug McGraw, pitcher for the New York Mets and later the Philadelphia Phillies, at age 12. A baseball scholarship enabled McGraw to study at Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe), where he also performed at local clubs. A knee injury prevented McGraw from pursuing a career in sports, and in May 1989, he dropped out of college and moved to Nashville, eventually securing a recording contract with Curb Records in 1992.
Although McGraw’s 1993 self-titled debut album failed to chart, his follow up effort, Not a Moment Too Soon (1994), experienced substantial commercial success, eventually selling more than five million copies and topping both the country and pop album charts. It was also the best-selling country album of the year, earning him the Academy of Country Music Top New Male Vocalist award. His third album, ...