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'Soul' mates: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill rock out at Ralph Engelstad Arena

Country husband-and-wife-duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform "I Knew You Were Waiting" during their "Soul2Soul" tour concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Tuesday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald1 / 7
Devin Dawson jams out opening for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during the Grand Forks stop of their "Soul2Soul" tour on July 10, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald2 / 7
Country artist Devin Dawson sings during his opener set during the Grand Forks stop of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's "Soul2Soul" tour at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on July 10, 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 7
Country husband-and-wife-duo Faith Hill (left) and Tim McGraw make their entrance during their "Soul2Soul" tour concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Tuesday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald4 / 7
Country artist Tim McGraw performs "Felt Good On My Lips" with his wife, Faith Hill (not pictured), during Tuesday's "Soul2Soul" concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald5 / 7
Faith Hill sings lead and plays guitar on "Lucky One" with her husband, Tim McGraw, during Tuesday's "Soul2Soul" concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald6 / 7
Country artist Devin Dawson performs "Asking For A Friend" during his opening set for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's "Soul2Soul" tour stop at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Tuesday night. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald7 / 7

It was date night for couples on and off stage at the Ralph Engelstad Arena as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw took the stage Tuesday night.

The country music power couple, who have been married for more than two decades, brought their "Soul2Soul" tour to Grand Forks Tuesday after making a stop down Interstate 29 in Sioux Falls on Sunday.

The dynamic couple opened up in simple but fairly dramatic fashion, rising up out of the stage floor with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," an Aretha Franklin and George Michael hit from the 1980s.

The love between the duo was palpable as the two traded flirty banter as they each took on some of their hits, including McGraw's 2012 hit "Felt Good on My Lips" and "I Like It, I Love It" while Hill belted out "The Lucky One" and "Like We Never Loved At All."

The couple easily won the hearts of Grand Forks when they gave a shout-out to the UND Fighting Hawks hockey program, earning loud cheers when McGraw said the program gets to the championships almost every year. McGraw said it's been 16 years since the he was last in the the Ralph.

"I love this place. I want to move here," Hill smiled.

They shared the mic for two songs off their first collaborative album, "The Rest of Our Lives." The couple sang "Break First" and shared some playful jokes together as lights danced around them before McGraw let Hill have the stage to herself to sing some of her biggest hits.

The crowd sang along as Hill, a five-time Grammy winner, belted out "Breathe," a song that helped launch her career into stardome in 1999, and "This Kiss."

McGraw, cowboy hat in hand, had his chance to sing some of his crowd favorites, like "Shotgun Rider" and "Live Like You Were Dying."

The couple ended the night with more melodies together, including "Speak to a Girl" and "It's Your Love."

The night started off with 29-year-old Devin Dawson, who rose to YouTube fame with his Taylor Swift mashups. As a part of his six-song set, Dawson sang his latest single, "Asking For a Friend," as well as other songs off his debut album, "Dark Horse," including the song that brought him near the top of the country music charts last year, "All On Me."

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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