How a Failed Audition May Have Saved Faith Hill’s Life

AXS TV’s all-new investigative series Music’s Greatest Mysteries premieres Sunday, November 15 at 9pE/6pP—providing viewers with an in-depth profile that shines a light on the truth behind some of the infamous myths and legends that have shaped the industry throughout the years.

How a failed audition may have saved Faith Hill's Life : On AXS TV

In this exclusive first look, a panel of experts discuss how a music audition could have ended Country superstar Faith Hill’s acclaimed career before it ever began. Hill, who was initially selling t-shirts for genre trailblazer Reba McEntire upon arriving in Nashville, saw her chance at stardom with the opportunity to audition for a role as a backup singer in McEntire’s band. She would ultimately lose the job to Paula Kaye Evans, who was on board the tragic flight that claimed the lives of all seven members of McEntire’s backing group. “If Faith Hill gets that job and dies in this plane crash, how much is Country music’s future changed?” asks music producer Patrick Thomas. “I think Country music is completely different if she gets that job.” Indeed, Country could have been robbed of two of its modern legends as McEntire—who hosts the 54TH Annual CMA Awards this Wednesday—was also supposed to be on that flight to Indiana, but an illness caused her to remain behind in San Diego.

The episode’s other featured stories include explorations of the relationship between Beach Boys mastermind Dennis Wilson and Manson Family patriarch Charles Manson, as well as a look at hip-hop chart-topper and occult aficionado Post Malone and the haunted object that may have placed a curse on his life.

Spanning a wide variety of eras and genres—from Hip Hop and Rockabilly, to Country, Grunge, and everything in-between—Music’s Greatest Mysteries guides viewers on an immersive journey investigating the infamous myths and larger-than-life personalities which have come to define the music industry throughout the decades. Separating fact from fiction, Music’s Greatest Mysteries presents a fresh perspective on stories both well-known and slightly more obscure, unearthing hidden gems and long-forgotten lore with the help of music icons and noted experts. Blending insightful commentary with rare archive footage, the series seeks to answer the “whys” and “hows” of each new topic until the whole truth is revealed. Not only are the themes meshed in history, but so are the interview locations. Legendary music venues such as The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Antone’s in Austin will be woven into the fabric of these stories.

Music’s Greatest Mysteries is jointly produced by Texas Crew Productions and Hideout Pictures, with Chip Rives, David Karabinas, Brad Bernstein, Shannon Houchins, and Trevor O’Neil serving as executive producers. The series airs as part of the Network’s popular Sunday Night Rocks block, which also includes The Top Ten Revealed at 8pE, Rock Legends at 8:30pE, and A Year In Music at 9:30pE.

About Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena

Shauna "WhiskeyChick" Castorena is a freelance writer for both Country Music News and Country Music On Tour. Want to collab on some content? Email me. Want my rates for commercial promo work outside of music? Get them right here.