The return of Faith Hill is now official as the five-time Grammy Award winner premiered her first official music video in nearly five years on Thursday night. She debuted "American Heart" in a fan-first web simulcast to take place at FaithHill.com and Facebook.com/FaithHill via the Ustream video service. The event also featured exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the video and utilized Ustream's dynamic Social Stream feature, which allowed fans all around the world to chat together before, during and after the premiere.
"This video was the perfect combination of hard work, creative energy and fun," Hill told Billboard.com of the clip and working with acclaimed video director Trey Fanjoy. "Everybody had one goal - to make 'American Heart' the best video that it could be. Trey was extraordinary. I've wanted to work with her for years but one thing or another and it just never happened. But as they say, there's a time and place for everything - I'm glad that it was now."
The clip is a testament to the American spirit, and also features some of Hill's most involved choreography in a video yet.
"When I first heard this song I was brought to tears," Hill said. "I not only knew I had to record it, but I almost immediately saw it visually. It's awesome and so appropriate to be able to share it with my fans first, because they've been so supportive of me throughout the years."
"American Heart" features 10-year-old TJ Jones as Hill's sidekick throughout the video, who helps to bring the spirit of the song to life. Hill was impressed with the newcomer, telling Billboard, "TJ is a star. That kid personifies raw talent. Everyone else who worked so hard behind the scenes - I couldn't be more appreciative of their commitment and professionalism."
The anthemic "American Heart" was co-written by Jonathan Singleton and Jim Beavers. Hill's vocal is as powerful and distinct as ever, serving as a reminder that hers is one of the best voices of a generation. The song was co-produced with Byron Gallimore and Hill and was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
"American Heart" is available on iTunes now. The songstress performed the song on last week's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
Hill will commemorate two decades on the charts in 2013, with the release of a new album - her first since "Fireflies" in 2005. Of her two-decade milestone, she said "I've always felt, and still feel, incredibly fortunate to have WB as my musical partners. They've been so supportive of me (and of the music) throughout our years together. But neither of us would be where we are if I didn't have the unconditional support of my fans. They've blessed me with an incredible gift - to still be able to do what I love."
Each of six studio albums have been certified double-platinum, for sales of two million copies. She has also notched 22 top ten singles on the Billboard Country Songs chart, with nine rising all the way to the No. 1 position.