She always knew she was adopted
Faith was born on September 21, 1967, and adopted just days later. She grew up in Star, Mississippi as Audrey Faith Perry, the youngest of three children, with two older brothers. Her parents, Ted and Edna Perry, were open with her from the very beginning about the fact that she was adopted, which she felt was nothing she had to hide. Even when getting teased by other kids on the playground.
“When kids would call one another names, they’d say, ‘You act like you’re adopted.’ And I’d always get ’em good, because I’d say, ‘Well, I am adopted. So what do you think about that?’ ” she said in the 2012 CBS special “A Home for the Holidays.”
After Hill moved to Nashville in her early 20s to pursue music, she decided to start searching for her birth mother. At the time, she was feeling incredibly lost and she needed to know who she was and where she came from. In an interview with Billboard, she explained why it was important for her despite loving the adoptive family she grew up with.
“I used to think there was some kind of conspiracy, that I must be the daughter of one of my aunts. And of course I used to dream I was Elvis’ daughter,” Hill says with a laugh.
“I have a great family: salt of the earth, hardworking. But I’m a gypsy at heart. I had a spirit that was completely outside what my family was. I didn’t know anyone I was related to, biologically, which gives you a sense of not knowing who you are.”