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Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the youngest child of Troyal Raymond Brooks, Jr. (1931–2010), a draftsman for an oil company, and Colleen McElroy Carroll (1929–1999), a 1950s-era country singer who recorded on the Capitol Records label and appeared on Ozark Jubilee. This was the second marriage for each of his parents, giving Brooks four older half-siblings (Jim, Jerry, Mike, and Betsy). The couple had two children together, Kelly and Garth. At their home in Yukon, Oklahoma, the family hosted weekly talent nights. All of the children were required to participate, either by singing or doing skits. Brooks learned to play both the guitar and banjo.Colleen died of throat cancer on August 6, 1999.

As a child, Brooks often sang in casual family settings, but his primary focus was athletics. In high school, he played football and baseball and ran track and field. He received a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he competed in the javelin. Brooks graduated in 1984 with a degree in advertising. His roommate, Ty England, later played guitar in his road band until going solo in 1995.

Later that year, Brooks began his professional music career, singing and playing guitar in Oklahoma clubs and bars, most notably the Tumbleweed in Stillwater. Through his elder siblings, Brooks was exposed to a wide range of music. Although he listened to some country music, especially that of George Jones, Brooks was most fond of rock music, citing James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, and Townes Van Zandt as major influences. In 1981, after hearing Unwound, the debut single of George Strait, Brooks decided that he was more interested in playing country music.

In 1985, entertainment attorney Rod Phelps drove from Dallas to listen to Brooks. Phelps liked what he heard and offered to produce Brooks' first demo. With Phelps's encouragement, including a list of Phelps' contacts in Nashville and some of his credit cards,[21] Brooks traveled to Nashville to pursue a recording contract; he returned to Oklahoma within 24 hours. Phelps continued to urge Brooks to return to Nashville, which he did. In 1986, Brooks married Sandy Mahl, whom he had met while working as a bouncer. In 1987, the couple moved to Nashville, and Brooks began making contacts in the music industry. The couple later had three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (born 1994), and Allie Colleen (born 1996) The couple divorced in 2000. Garth Brooks remarried on December 10, 2005, to country singer Trisha Yearwood. In July 2013, Brooks became a grandfather when August had daughter Karalyn with her boyfriend Chance Michael Russell.

Brooks and fellow band member Jim Garver later reminisced of their times traveling with small shows at local bars. They would go so far as to set up local shows under the stage name "Yukon Jack" to re-live those days.


Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. As of 2013, his recordings continue to sell well and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, his albums sales up to May 2013 are 68,630,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era (since 1991), a title held since 1991, well over 5 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles. According to RIAA he is the second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time ahead of Elvis Presley (second to the Beatles) with 135 million units sold. Brooks is one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 190 million records (albums, singles, and video).

Brooks has released six albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, those being: Garth Brooks (10× platinum), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin' the Wind (14× platinum), The Hits (10× platinum), Sevens (10× platinum) and Double Live (21× platinum).[6] Since 1989, Brooks has released 20 records in all, which include; 10 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 3 box sets, along with 77 singles. He won several important awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards (including the "Artist of the '90s") and the RIAA Award as Best selling solo albums artist of the Century in the United States.

Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009. During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.

On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Following the conclusion of his residency in Las Vegas, Brooks announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville in July 2014. In September 2014, he began his comeback world tour. His most recent album, Man Against Machine, was released on November 11, 2014 via his new online music store GhostTunes.

Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.


On December 1, 2007, Garth Brooks made history by selling out five concerts (85,677 tickets sold) in 59 minutes. He becomes the only artist in Staples Center history to sell-out five concerts in one day, the only artist to play five concerts in two days and is believed to be the only performer to appear in three full concerts in one day and five full concerts in two days at any U.S. venue.
As of mid 2005, Garth Brooks has sold over 116 million albums.
Garth Brooks' album Double Live is the best selling live album in history.
Garth Brooks' album Fresh Horses, made history by being the first album to have a record number of tracks from one album on the country music singles charts at the same time. He had 8 out of the 10 on the charts.
In 1999, Garth Brooks named the best-selling American solo artist of the 20th century, by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Garth Brooks officially retired from the entertainment business on October 26, 2000.
In 1998, Garth Brooks tried out for the San Diego Padres pro baseball team, but didn't make the cut.
Two major Country Music networks, CMT and TNN, banned Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls," because it depicted domestic violence.
While Garth Brooks attended Oklahoma State; he was a javelin thrower.
Garth Brooks' album Ropin' the Wind made history in 1991 when it premiered in the number one spot on the Billboard Charts on both Country and Pop Charts.
In May of 2005, Garth Brooks proposed to Trisha Yearwood while she was on stage performing at Buck Owens Crystal Palace, in California, for an event for the Legends in Bronze.
Garth Brooks was married to Sandy Mahl from 1986 until 2001.
Garth Brooks has three daughters; Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna, and Allie Colleen.
Garth Brooks discography includes:
Garth Brooks released in 1989
No Fences released in 1990
Call Me Claus released in 1990
Ropin' The Wind released in 1991
Beyond The Seasons released in 1992
The Chase released in 1992
In Pieces released in 1993
Garth Brooks Collection released in 1994
The Hits released in 1994
Fresh Horses released in 1995
Sevens released in 1997
The Limited Series released in 1998
Double Live released in 1998
The Magic Of Christmas released in 1999
Scarecrow released in 2001
The Lost Sessions released in 2006
The Ultimate Hits released in 2007
Garth Brooks used to publish his own magazine called The Believer.
Garth Brooks sang at "Farm Aid" in 1990.
The CMA honored Garth Brooks with a "Horizon Award" in 1990.
Garth Brooks is 6'1" tall.
Garth Brooks has released seven studio albums.
Garth Brooks was born, Troyal Garth Brooks on 2-7-62
Garth sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.
Garth's early career ambitions were to be a professional football player or a forest ranger.
Garth sold boots in Nashville while trying to get a record deal.
Garth's favorite country songs are "Country Bumpkin" by Cal Smith, "Unwound" by George Strait, and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. edit »
Garth's musical influences are George Strait, George Jones, James Taylor, KISS, Don McLean, Queen, Dan Fogelberg, Merle Haggard, Boston, Kansas, Journey, and Billy Joel.
During college, Garth played in several bands and worked as a bouncer at a bar called Tumbleweeds.
Garth dedicated "It's Your Song" to his mother because she was the one to get him interested in music.
Garth's current band is called Stillwater.
Garth named his farm "Some Day Valley".
Garth's first band was called The Nyle and was formed when he was 17.
Garth currently resides in Goodlettsville, TN, which is small farm town north of Nashville.
Garth signed with Capitol Records in 1988, but left the label in 2005.
Garth was a fig newton in a fourth grade talent show.
Garth has 5 siblings: Jim, Jerry, Mike, Betsy, and Kelly.
His mother, Colleen Carroll recorded for Capitol Records in the '50s and performed with Red Foley on the Ozark Jubilee.
Garth's parent's names are Raymond Brooks and Colleen Carroll Brooks.
Garth Brooks graduated from Oklahoma State University in Decemer 1984 with a degree in advertising.
In high school, Garth Brooks played four sports: basketball, baseball, track, and football.
Garth attended Yukon High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" was Garth's first #1 song.
Garth graduated from high school in 1980.
Garth is currently married to country singer, Trisha Yearwood. They wed on December 10, 2005.

 

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