Garth Brooks is an American country pop singer and song writer, known to dominate the country single album charts through the 90s.
Garth Brooks was born on 7th February 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His father Troyal Brooks was a draftsman in an oil company and his mother, Collen Carroll, a country singer. Brooks has a sibling and four older half siblings from their parents’ earlier marriages. The family hosted weekly talent nights at their home and each of the children were required to participate either by singing, dancing or doing skits. Brooks developed his interest in music from an early age.
Brooks began his professional music career by singing and playing the guitar at various clubs and bars at Oklahoma. He was exposed to numerous genres of music by his elder siblings who were equally musically inclined. Brooks decided to pursue country music and his first album released in 1989 which became widely popular.
Brook’s first album ‘Garth Brooks’ finished at No.2 in the US country album chart and secured the 13th position on the Billboard 200. His first single ‘Much too young, to feel this damn old’ secured the top 10 position. Brook’s first country song, ‘If Tomorrow never comes’ reached the peak position, followed by ‘Not Counting You’ which secured the second position. ‘The Dance’ put him back to the Numero Uno position and this song exposed him to a wider set of audience. He embarked upon his first concert tour in 1989. His second album ‘No Fences’ released in 1990 which remained at No.1 position on the Billboard Country Music Chart for 23 weeks. It eventually became Brook’s highest selling album. His third album ‘Ropin the Wind’ was released in 1991 and secured the first position on the charts once again. His composition ‘We shall be free’ was written to express his desire for tolerance post the 1992 riots. His following albums were ‘Fresh Horses’ and ‘Sevens’ did extremely well and secured his position as one of the top Country singers of America. In 2000, Brooks officially announced his retirement from recording and performing. His final album ‘Scarecrow’ which released in 2001 sold comfortably well although it did not match his earlier records.
Brooks has been considered one of the pioneer American country singers and his albums Gartha Brooks, No fences, Ropin the Wind, The Hits, Sevens and Double Live have all fetched diamond status in the US. He is one of the world’s best selling music artist of all times, having sold more than 150 million records.
Awards and Achievements
Brooks has won 22 Academy of Country Music Awards throughout his lifetime. ‘If Tomorrow Never Comes’ fetched him the artist, composed and song award in 1989. ‘The Dance’ won the Song and Video of the year. For ‘No Fences’ Brooks won the Album of the Year in 1991. His other songs ‘We shall be free’ and ‘The Red Strokes’ won the Video of the Year in 1993 and 1994 respectively. He has won 17 Billboard Music Awards and has won two Grammys for ‘Ropin the Wind’ in 1990 and ‘In Another’s Eyes’ in 1997 with Trisha Yearwood for the ‘Best Country Collaboration with Vocals’. Brooks has won 4 People’s Choice Awards. He won the RIAA Award as the best selling solo album artist of the century in the US.
In 1986 Garth Brooks married his college beloved, Sandy Mahl, a songwriter. The couple had three children. Brooks and Mahl divorced in 2000. He married singer Trish Yearwood in 2005. In 1999, Brooks began the ‘Teammates for Kids’ Foundation’, an organization which provides financial aid to children’s charities.