"When I first started, I was really nervous. You could hear my voice quiver. So I started drinking a bit and that helped. A lot of entertainers have a few drinks before going onstage and don't overdo it. Me, it turned into a bigger habit. But I stopped that. I was getting older, and I was thinking about my kids," said McGraw, who also credits his wife, Faith Hill, for helping him on the road to recovery. "I think I'm more comfortable now. I can feel a real connection with the audience that maybe I was masking before."