"I was discovered at The Bluebird Cafe. I wore a black dress and a hat. I was singing background vocals for a songwriter here in Nashville named Gary Burr. We performed two shows that night and Martha Sharp, a vice president at Warner Bros. Records Nashville, saw the first show and approached me afterwards and asked if I wanted to be a solo artist. I said yes, of course, and she wanted to hear a tape. I think I gave her a tape with some demos I had sung for Gary. She called me a couple weeks later and offered me a development deal with Warner Bros. We set out to find the right team of producers, songwriters, manager, etc. Once they were in place, the development deal became a valid record deal with money to record an album. And the rest, as they say, is history."

faith hill's nashville essentials


lodging
hilton suites nashville downtown, expensive;
(615) 620-1000

nashville marriott at vanderbilt university,
expensive; (615) 321-1300

dining
fleming's prime steakhouse & wine bar, steakhouse, expensive; (615) 342-0131

loveless cafe, american, inexpensive; (615) 646-9700

monell's dining and catering, southern; moderate; (615) 248-4747

nooley's, cajun; inexpensive; (615) 790-6019

the palm, steakhouse; very expensive; (615) 742-7256

p.f. chang's china bistro, chinese; moderate; (615) 329-8901

ruth's chris steakhouse, steakhouse; very expensive; (615) 320-0163

waffle house, american; inexpensive; (615) 832-4942

entertainment
12th and porter, restaurant/nightclub; (615) 254-7236

the bluebird cafe, songwriter's showcase; (615) 383-1461

country music hall of fame and museum, museum; (615) 416-2001

gaylord entertainment center, concert and sports venue; (615) 770-2000