Faith Hill’s appearance at the 2011 Country Music Association awards was the 44-year-old’s first performance in five years (bar the odd Super Bowl gig), and she’ll soon be releasing her first country single since 2005.
Singing at the ceremony on Wednesday evening, Hill debuted the single ‘Come Home,’ sparking Twitter speculation aplenty about her next studio album, which is reportedly out next year.
And Hill earned a standing ovation from the entire auditorium at the CMA awards for her performance, which came before country music/light rock rival Taylor Swift was announced winner of the coveted ‘Entertainer of the Year’ prize. The generous reception of Hill suggests a successful comeback is on the cards for one of country music’s leading ladies.
Before Wednesday, it had been a decade before Hill graced a CMA event – she was awarded ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ at the 2000 CMA awards.
Not that Hill has been quiet in the intervening years. She’s been busy raising three daughters with husband Tim McGraw, and is adamant she will not be rushed over her next album. A CMA performance is normally a good sign new material isn’t too far away.
Also at the CMA bash, held annually to honor country music, The Band Perry scored a hat-trick of awards, including ‘Single of the Year’ for the track If I Die Young. Jason Aldean won Album of the Year with My Kinda Party, while Miranda Lambert beat Taylor Swift to the ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ gong.
Check out Faith Hill’s CMA awards performance of ‘Come Home’ in the video below: