Garth Brooks was born Troyal Garth Brooks
on February 7, 1962.
regarded as a leader in a generation of singers to mix elements
of country with pop and rock, Garth Brooks is one of the most
successful artists in country and pop music history.
up as the youngest of six children in a musical household headed
by father Troyal Brooks and country music recording artists mother
Colleen Carroll, a young Garth Brooks later went on to attend
Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a track scholarship
as a javelin
with a degree in advertising, Brooks began his musical career
singing and performing in Oklahoma clubs, and after a failed attempt
at a recording contract in Nashville, returned home to marry his
college sweetheart, Oklahoma native Sandy
Mahl. The following year the couple moved permanently to Nashville
where Brooks landed his first recording contract and released
his first self-titled album in 1989.
Brooks" was an immediate success, spinning off such hit singles
as "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," and a favorite
No. 1 chartbuster, "The Dance" helped along by the advent
of the music video age. With his integration of rock into traditional
country music Brooks helped to bring country music to a much wider
audience than ever before and secured his place as an early country-rock
Brooks has released 15 albums in total. In addition to "Garth
Brooks" going platinum his subsequent releases including
"No Fences", "Ropin' the Wind","The Hits",
"Sevens" and "Double Live" have also achieved
diamond status, or multiple platinum sales.
Garth Brook's alter ego,
rock star Chris Gaines.
For his early
success, Brooks was awarded Top Male Vocalist and Entertainer
of the Year at the 1990 Academy
of Country Music Awards, and went on win the first ever Grammy
Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1992. Throughout
the decade he would enjoy record-breaking sales as well as numbers
in the thousands of fans who attended his live tour dates.
the close of the 90's, Brooks was about to embark on yet another
career with an entirely new persona - that of rock star Chris
Gaines. The marketing ploy for an upcoming movie in which Brooks
would star, however, fell flat with audience. Although intrigued
by the stunt, many didn't know what to make of Brooks' alter ego
and some protested his total abandonment of country music. The
movie, entitled The
Lamb, was scuttled. The album nevertheless, went double platinum.
same time, Brooks' home life was headed for a major change as
divorce proceedings began in 2000 with his wife of 12 years, Sandy
Mahl. By the time the divorce was finalized the following year,
Brooks had announced his planned retirement from show business
to spend more time with his three daughters - Taylor, August,
a years-long affair between Brooks and country music singer Tricia
Yearwood were the reported reason for the marriage breakup, although
the couple only began publicly dating following his divorce. Brooks
and Yearwood later married in 2005.
Brooks' next album, was released in November 2001 and not unexpectedy
debuted at No. 1 on the pop and country charts.
the country music superstar's comeback has included an exclusive
deal with nationwide retailer Wal-Mart in 2005 to distribute special
CD box sets of his past hits, with occasional performances at favorite charity events.
In late 2007,
he also performed in a two-week stint at the Sprint Center in
Kansas City and made a national TV appearance at the 2008 ACM
Awards when he was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award as
the top selling country music artist in history.
and the big comeback
the saddle in terms of live performance dates, Garth Brooks announced
his return in 2009 at a planned Las Vegas venue, and at the time
wondered if his fans might have forgotten him. Brooks was proven
wrong when tickets went on sale in October, selling
out in a matter of hours for his Sin City debut in December.
With his Las Vegas contract expiring in 2013, the following year Brooks returned to the recording studio and announced his comeback album, "Man Against Machine" spinning off his much-anticipated comeback single, "People Loving People".