Tim McGraw, 56, and Religion Hill, 56, are veterans within the music trade. And now, Tim is opening up about recommendation he and his spouse imparted to then up-and-coming celebrity Taylor Swift throughout her teen years. “We had lengthy conversations along with her in Religion’s dressing room about at all times being open to listening, however at all times know that you simply’re the chief, that you simply’re the one making selections, that you’ll know what music goes to work or not and that you’re the captain of your ship,” Tim advised PEOPLE for an interview revealed December 5.

The conversations befell when Taylor opened for the long-lasting nation star’s Soul2Soul tour over a decade and a half in the past. The dad of three additionally recalled being impressed with the younger star. “I bear in mind considering this lady has a lot expertise and a lot moxie, and he or she’s so curious,” he remarked. “We each completely fell in love along with her immediately, as an artist and as an individual — only a fellow skilled that you simply understand completely is aware of what they’re doing.”

Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift
Tim and Taylor onstage on the CMA Music Pageant in Nashville in 2013. (Mike Strasinger/Admedia/Sipa/Shutterstock)

As for that bit concerning the present frenzy surrounding Taylor’s epic romance with NFL star Travis Kelce amid her huge profession, Tim says she will deal with it. “She is aware of when, the place, the best way to promote [her work], however she additionally is aware of when, the place, the best way to be regular and be a human simply residing her life,” he defined. “I believe she has brilliantly navigated that line.”

This isn’t the primary time Tim has opened up about having Taylor on tour. In November, he divulged that even years in the past, he and Religion knew Taylor was destined for superstardom. “Religion and I each stated, ‘This lady, she’s going to be the most important star on the earth,’” he advised Audacy’s Katie Neal. “She’s simply so curious, which is an indication of nice intelligence. We had little doubt she was headed to do massive issues.”

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