Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on February 7, 1962. With more than 148 million in certified album sales, Garth Brooks is the No. 1 selling solo artist in United States history — ahead of Elvis Presley and second overall only to The Beatles. He has received countless accolades, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the International Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.
Garth Brooks signed with Capitol Records and released his self-titled first album in 1989. His third studio effort, Ropin’ the Wind, was the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He is the only artist in history to have won six CMA Entertainer of the Year awards and to have received seven Diamond awards for his albums.
On Garth Brooks’ first world tour, he sold out massive venues like London’s Wembley Arena, an achievement never before realized by a country music artist. In late 2017, Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood completed a 40-week, 390-show tour, smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Brooks himself. The tour sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history.
Garth Brooks Early Career
Garth Brooks, born February 7, 1962, he grew up in Yukon, Oklahoma in the 1960s and ‘70s, the youngest of six children. His mother, Colleen, had appeared on the Ozark Jubilee in the 1950s and recorded briefly for Capitol Records. He attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship. At nights, he worked as a bouncer at a local bar and formed his own band, Santa Fe, learning to play whatever the college audience wanted.
Garth Brooks got his start in music singing in bars and clubs while attending Oklahoma State University. In 1987, Brooks moved to Nashville, where he worked as the manager of a store selling cowboy boots, got paid by other songwriters to sing on demo tapes, and began making the rounds at publishers and record labels. All of them turned him down. But in the spring of 1988, an executive who had only recently rejected him heard Brooks perform at the Bluebird Café and offered him a modest contract.
With producer Allen Reynolds, Brooks released a series of albums that were critical and commercial successes — and ultimately not only broke every previous sales record but elevated the prominence of country music in American culture. Throughout his career, he has acknowledged the influence of an eclectic array of musicians, from George Jones and George Strait to Queen and KISS. Forbes featured him on its cover, proclaiming “Led Zeppelin meets Roy Rogers, country conquers rock.” But Garth has stayed true to his country roots.
With help from music manager Bob Doyle, Brooks eventually signed to Capitol Records. His early hits include “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance.”
Garth Brooks Commercial Success
Although sales for the singer’s first album, Garth Brooks (1989), were good, it would have been hard to predict the amazing success of later releases.
Brooks’ second effort, No Fences (1990), spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album chart, selling 17 million copies. The album included his bar anthem “Friends in Low Places” and “The Thunder Rolls.”
His third, Ropin’ the Wind (1991), racked in a record-breaking four million orders before its release, and became the first album by a country singer to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts.
His 1998 release, Garth Brooks Double Live, sold over one million copies in its first week of sales, breaking the previous record.
Other hit albums include The Chase (1992), In Pieces (1993), Fresh Horses (1995), Sevens (1997) and Scarecrow (2001).
Brooks’s live concerts have also been extremely successful. An August 7, 1997, concert in New York City’s Central Park drew an estimated 850,000 to 1.2 million people.
Garth Brooks Retirement and Personal Life
Brooks announced at the end of 2000 that he wanted to spend more time with his family, including daughters, Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (born 1994), and Allie Colleen (born 1996). He released Scarecrow in 2001, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It would be his last studio album for over a decade.
Wynn Las Vegas
In 2009, Brooks accepted a three-year stint for a string of performances at the Wynn Las Vegas. The intimate performances given by Brooks — his set only featured Brooks and his guitar, as he shared personal life experiences and the importance of his family— resonated with audiences and proved to be a huge success for the artist. The country star played sold-out shows throughout the entirety of his residency.
For the final show on November 29, 2013, Brooks partnered up with CBS for a live broadcast event. The TV special received 9.33 million viewers and claimed the No. 1 spot in the ratings for the night.
Hall of Fame Honors
One of the top-selling country music artists of all time, Brooks has received several special honors in recent years. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. The following year, Brooks also became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was inducted by George Strait, James Taylor and Bob Seger.
New Albums and World Tour
In July 2014, Brooks announced an upcoming album and world tour. The singer inked a record contract with Sony Music Nashville for his first studio album since 2001’s Scarecrow. The album, Man Against Machine, came out in November 2014.
In late 2016, Brooks debuted two new projects: His 10th studio album, Gunslinger, as well as a collaboration with Yearwood on a collection of holiday standards, Christmas Together. Brooks and Yearwood hit the road on the Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour lasted three and a half years and sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history.
In November 2017, he was honored for his efforts with the Entertainer of the Year Award at the CMAs.
In 2019, he received iHeart Radio’s inaugural Artist of the Decade Award at the iHeart Radio Awards in Los Angeles. It was presented to Garth by Chris Pratt.
Brooks is currently working on his fourteenth studio album, Fun. In March 2019, he hit the road on The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. For more information on Garth, his upcoming album, tour and more visit garthbrooks.com.
Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a sixth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 148 million album sales.
Brooks received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.
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