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Isleta Casino and Resort continues to serve a heapin’ helpin’ of country music stars with Vince Gill on July 18. Gill has been capturing the hearts of country music fans since he burst on the scene in 1983, when he signed with RCA records.

Gill scored his first No. 1 single, “When I Call Your Name,” in 1990, after seven years of touring and near-misses.

Vince Gill has been described as having one of the purest voices in country music, which must be why he is a favorite duet partner of so many people.

Gill has performed with such diverse talents as Reba McEntire and Ricky Skaggs.

Gill, Skaggs, Mark O’Connor and Steve Wariner received a Grammy for their collaboration on the song “Restless” in 1991 one of many Grammys Gill would receive throughout his career.

His 14 Grammys put him in a tie with Chet Atkins for most Grammys won by a country artist.

Vince Gill is maybe the most active country singer in the business, hosting the Country Music Association (CMA) awards for the past 10 years.

Besides his Grammy take, Gill has also pulled in 18 CMA awards, including song of the year four times, according to Gill’s official web site.

Gill also is involved in a number of fun charity events, including the annual “The Vinny” a Pro/Celebrity golf tournament, to raise money for the Junior Golf Association, and the Belmont Celebrity Basketball game, to support sports and music programs at Belmont University.

Besides all the fun charities Gill works with, he is also involved in a number of very serious charities. Gill received recognition for the money he raised for the survivors of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Vince Gill has had 27 songs reach the Top Ten Charts, including his duet with Reba McEntire, “The Heart Won’t Lie,” in 1993, and, most recently in 2000, “Feels Like Love.”

Some of Gill’s more memorable hits are “I Still Believe in You”, “Liza Jane” and “Pretty Little Adriana.”

Besides singing and playing guitar on so many hits, Gill also writes a good portion of his own music, which tends to be a rarity in modern country music.

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Tony McClary