Watch Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Cover Aretha Franklin, George Michael Duet in Concert
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been covering a 1980s hit during their 2017 Soul2Soul World Tour. Readers can press play above to watch the couple open a recent show, on April 21 in Charleston, S.C., with “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me).”
“I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” was originally sung by Aretha Franklin and George Michael. The song comes from Franklin’s 1986 album Aretha and was released as a single in 1987. Written by Simon Climie and Dennis Morgan, “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April of ’87 and stayed there for two consecutive weeks. The song also became a No. 1 hit in the UK and earned Franklin and Michael Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals at the Grammy Awards.
McGraw and Hill began their 2017 Soul2Soul Tour on April 7 in New Orleans, La.; the trek is currently scheduled to run through late October. At recent shows on the tour, the couple has been sharing a new song called “Break First” in addition to well-known hits. Artists opening for McGraw and Hill during their 2017 Soul2Soul Tour include the Brothers Osborne, Seth Ennis, Chris Lane, Caitlyn Smith, Charlie Worsham, Lori McKenna, Rhiannon Giddens, Maggie Rose, Natalie Hemby, Brent Cobb, Eric Paslay, Brandy Clark, Cam, LoCash, Margo Price and more.
Hill and McGraw each signed separate deals with Sony in mid-February and released a new duet, “Speak to a Girl” (which nods to Franklin in its first verse), in late March; the song is the first from a forthcoming collaborative album from the couple. They will be the subjects of a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit beginning in November.
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