And on this date in 1993, she released her debut album that started it all Take Me As I Am, which has since been certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA, meaning it has sold over three million copies since its release 30 years ago.
It also peaked at #7 on the U.S. Top Country Albums chart the year of its release.
The classic ’90s record produced two number one singles in her massive hit “Wild One” (a cover of Zaca Creek’s 1992 song), which is still a favorite of mine, as well as her fantastic Erma Franklin (Aretha Franklin’s sister) cover “Piece Of My Heart”.
Of her debut #1 single, “Wild One,” Faith told Country Weekly in 1999 that it spoke directly to who she was and her experience growing up:
“I was a little rebellious, but one thing Daddy always told me was that I could be anything I wanted to be, just like the song says.
The first time I heard ‘Wild One,’ I thought it had been written for me.”
I don’t think I would’ve ever guessed that wasn’t an original Faith Hill song if I didn’t know otherwise. All the best covers should be that way though, right?
It’s precisely why it became such a huge song for her that sounds just as good today as it did in 1993: