Honoree George Strait (R) and wife Norma Strait appears onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards' Artist of the Decade held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Honoree George Strait (R) and wife Norma Strait appears onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards' Artist of the Decade held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

12 Inspiring Marriages in Country Music


Advertisement

Let's be honest, most people assume celebrity marriages won't last. Even country couples, filled with people singing those beautiful love songs, don't tend to work out that often. But for every failed celebrity marriage, there's another beautifully successful union.

Here are some of the most inspiring country music marriages. There's plenty more power couples where these came from, with modern examples including Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams and Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins.

12. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw perform onstage during the "Soul2Soul" World Tour at Staples Center on July 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14: Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw perform onstage during the "Soul2Soul" World Tour at Staples Center on July 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have one of the most inspiring marriages in country music. The couple has been together for 25 years and they're currently starring together in the Yellowstone prequel 1883.

11. Clint and Lisa Hartman Black

Singer/Songwriter Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black walk the red carpet during the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Singer/Songwriter Clint Black and wife Lisa Hartman Black walk the red carpet during the 40th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

Country singer Clint Black and actress Lisa Hartman met in Houston during a New Years Eve party. Though they liked each other, it took years for them to ever finally admit they liked each other enough to get married. That was in 1991, and the celebrity pair have been defying the odds ever since.

Advertisement

10. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean

Who says celebrities can't stay married? Dolly Parton and Carl Dean have been married for -- are you ready for this -- over 50 years! Dean and Parton met at a laundromat in 1964 when she was only 18. He's stayed by her side all this time, through astronomical fame, harmful rumors, lawsuits and everything else.

9. Shawna and Keifer Thompson

Shawna Thompson and Keifer Thompson attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Shawna Thompson and Keifer Thompson attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Better known as Thompson Square, Shawna and Keifer have stuck together for over 20 years of marraige. They both struggled together as independent musicians before eventually breaking through with their first No. 1, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not."

8. Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the 55th annual Country Music Association awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 10, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA)

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are both very good at what they do. But between touring and keeping up the 82-game NHL schedule during early years of their marriage, what they do often requires a ton of traveling. Fisher and Underwood actually met while he was living and playing in Canada. Their marriage survived years of long distance before Fisher was able to attain a trade to the Nashville Predators to be with his bride.

7. Ray and Janie Price

Advertisement

Though Ray Price was married once before, his marriage to Janie lasted more than 43 years until he passed away from cancer. Before he passed, Price recorded one last album called Beauty Is, a process that brought him much joy in an otherwise sad time. Released four months after his death, the entire record, it turns out, is a love letter to Janie.

 6. Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 21: Connie Smith and 2020 inductee Marty Stuart seen during the 2021 Medallion Ceremony, celebrating the Induction of the Class of 2020 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 21: Connie Smith and 2020 inductee Marty Stuart seen during the 2021 Medallion Ceremony, celebrating the Induction of the Class of 2020 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 21, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum)

Age is just a number, right? Though Marty Stuart is 17 years younger than fellow country artist Connie Smith, the pair are simply perfect together. Stuart first saw Smith in concert when he was only 12. He met her after the show and told his mom he'd marry her someday on the car ride back. A short 25 years later, and Stuart was proven right. They married in 1997.

Read More: Our 14 Favorite Country Music Couples + Their Sweetest Moments

5. George and Norma Strait

George (L) and Norma Strait arrives for the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, honouring Tom Petty, in Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2017. / AFP / Robyn BECK

George (L) and Norma Strait arrives for the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year, honouring Tom Petty, in Los Angeles, California on February 10, 2017. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

How often do high school sweethearts last? In the case of George and Norma Strait, once is good enough. The pair married in 1971 and have survived Strait's record-shattering country career. Along with the highest highs, George and Norma have survived some of the lowest lows, like losing their child Jennifer in a car crash when she was only 13. Theirs is a marriage built on understanding, kindness and leaving any egos at the door.

Advertisement

4. Joey and Rory Feek

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Rory Feek and Joey Feek of the band Joey & Rory perform on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during the 2013 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)

Besides their stint together as successful country duo Joey + Rory, this pair really reminded the world what it is to love over the past year. Though Joey sadly passed away from cancer in March 2017, their 14-year marriage was never stronger than in the final months. Rory has made incredible strides to ensuring her legacy is remembered, not just for their fans and for country music, but for their two-year old daughter Indiana.

3. Vince Gill and Amy Grant

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 13: Amy Grant and Vince Gill perform at the Ryman Auditorium on December 13, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 13: Amy Grant and Vince Gill perform at the Ryman Auditorium on December 13, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Besides having two of the most pristine voices in music, country star Vince Gill and Christian artist Amy Grant have a love that beat the odds. Both were married when they met to film a music video for their duet, "House Of Love," in 1994. Still, Gill described the encounter as love at first sight. He wrote music with her as the inspiration, but stayed true in his marriage. However, his first marriage eventually fell apart, and Grant eventually filed for divorce as well. The two wed in 2000 and have never looked more in love.

 2. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the Australian premiere of Being The Ricardos at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace on December 15, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the Australian premiere of Being The Ricardos at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace on December 15, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

Few country music marriages have proved stronger than Keith and Nicole's. Urban credits Nicole for saving his life when he relapsed into heavy cocaine and alcohol use just after their marriage. The two have stood the test of time, celebrating 10 years together with two beautiful children despite the pressure of fame constantly breathing down their backs.

1. Johnny Cash and June Carter

The original country love story that's so famous you don't even need to mention the last names. Johnny and June were the classic story of perseverance, dedication, love and faith. Johnny wanted desperately to marry June (and tried several times), but his substance abuse and other personal issues put her off. However, she was eternally committed to him as a friend and even helped him kick his life-threatening addictions. When they eventually did marry, their love (and music together) only grew stronger. The two passed away within 4 months of each other in 2003.

Advertisement

This story was originally published on Dec. 28, 2017.

Editor's Note: Products featured on Wide Open Country are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

 

Related Videos

 

Advertisement