Troyal Garth Brooks Biography

(Only Best-Selling Music Artist in History to have Nine Albums That Achieved Diamond Status in the US)

Birthday: February 7, 1962 (Aquarius)

Born In: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Troyal Garth Brooks, an American country music singer, is one of the most popular artists of today, who has broken several records in the music industry in terms of album sales. According to the ‘Recording Industry Association of America’, he is the ‘second best-selling solo albums artist in the United States of all time’ after, Elvis Presley. Almost all of his albums reached the top 10 charts and his records have sold in millions. One of the most successful artists of the music industry, he has become the face of country music. No one in the entire history of country music has been able to reach as far as Brooks has. During his prime, he came up with a series of albums which were smash hits which were charted in the top 10 hits of Billboard 100 or 200, a rare scene, in the genre of country music. He has been instrumental in giving country music a new appeal, making it slightly different from traditional country songs. Even though he eliminated some conventional elements (from country music), he was successfully able to manifest his uniqueness through his compositions. He took country music to a whole new level, introduced it to a brand new audience and brought a new wave of development in the history of the genre. To know about his life and career in music, read the article below.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Garth Brooks

Age: 62 Years, 62 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Trisha Yearwood (m. 2005), Sandy Mahl (m. 1986–2001)

father: Troyal Raymond Brooks

mother: Colleen Carroll

children: Allie Colleen Brooks, August Anna Brooks, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks

Born Country: United States

Musicians Country Singers

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Notable Alumni: Oklahoma State University

Ancestry: Irish American

U.S. State: Oklahoma

City: Tulsa, Oklahoma

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education: Oklahoma State University

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    When did Troyal Garth Brooks release his first album?

    Troyal Garth Brooks released his first self-titled album "Garth Brooks" in 1989.
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    What is Troyal Garth Brooks' best-selling album?

    Troyal Garth Brooks' best-selling album is "No Fences," released in 1990.
  • 3

    Has Troyal Garth Brooks ever taken a hiatus from his music career?

    Yes, Troyal Garth Brooks took a hiatus from his music career in the early 2000s to focus on his family.
  • 4

    What genre of music is Troyal Garth Brooks known for?

    Troyal Garth Brooks is known for his contributions to country music.
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    How many albums has Troyal Garth Brooks released in total?

    Troyal Garth Brooks has released a total of 16 studio albums throughout his career.
Childhood & Early Life
Garth Brook was born as the youngest child, born to Troyal Raymond Brooks, a draftsman and Colleen Carroll, a country musician, from the 1950s.
Since, his family, especially his mother was a music enthusiast; he learned to play guitar and banjo at an early age. Though he was more interested in sports, he used to sing at family functions.
He was good at football, baseball and athletics in high school and even earned a scholarship in track to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, from where he graduated in 1984.
While at the University, he started singing at several clubs and bars around Oklahoma. His singing talent was discovered by entertainment counsel, Rod Phelps in 1985, who had come all the way from Dallas to listen to this young talent.
Impressed by his singing, Phelps offered Brooks to produce his first demo, for which he had to travel to Nashville for recording. However, he returned the same day to Oklahoma, but later, on the persuasion of Phelps, he went back to Nashville in 1987.
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In 1989, Brooks released his self-titled debut album, which went on to become a huge success. The album soon hit the US country album chart instantly and peaked at no. 13 on the Billboard 200. Particularly, the single ‘Much Too Young’ garnered great appreciation.
His second album ‘No Fences’ released in 1990, was also a major hit and occupied no. 1 spot on the Billboard country music chart for several weeks.
He released his third studio album ‘Ropin' the Wind’ on September 2, 1991, to rave reviews. The singles ‘Shameless’, ‘What She's Doing Now’, and ‘The River’ created a rage among the audiences and were constantly played at the country clubs.
On September 22, 1992, he released his fourth album ‘The Chase’ whose first single was the gospel-country-rock hybrid ‘We Shall Be Free’. The song was co-written by him during the race riots in Los Angeles.
The second song of the album, ‘Somewhere Other Than the Night’ was even more successful than the first and so was the third song ‘Learning to Live Again’, released in 1993. However, the last single ‘That Summer’, became his most successful single from the album.
On August 31, 1993, he released his fifth studio album ‘In Pieces’, which like his previous albums enjoyed critical success.
It was followed by ‘Fresh Horses’ in 1995, from which the song ‘She's Every Woman’ reached the top-10 in the Billboard Country Chart.
He released his seventh studio album ‘Sevens’ in 1997 and after a brief experiment in filmmaking and other projects, he announced his retirement in 2000.
On November 13, 2001, he released his last album ‘Scarecrow’. Unfortunately, it was not as successful as his previous albums; nevertheless, it was not a failure. After a long break, he announced his return to performance and recording in 2009.
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His last performance, as of now, was in April 2013 at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Major Works
His second studio album, ‘No Fences’ reached no. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and no. 3 on Billboard 200. It was with this album that he became an international star and was his first album to be released in Europe.
‘Ropin' the Wind’, his third album peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and stayed in the top position for 18 weeks. The album was also certified 14xPlatinum and has sold 17 million copies worldwide.
His tenth album ‘Double Live’ was certified 21xPlatinum and was the best-selling live album in the U.S. ever since English singer, Eric Clapton's released his ‘Unplugged’ in 1992. The album is known to have sold 6,017,000 copies!
Awards & Achievements
Brooks has 14 Grammy nominations to his credit and has won two. For the album ‘Ropin' The Wind’ he was awarded a Grammy in the category, ‘Best Country Vocal Performance – Male’.
He was awarded his second Grammy in the category, ‘Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, for the single, ‘In Another's Eyes’ in 1998.
He has won several ‘Academy of Country Music Awards’ (AMCA) and was honored with the ‘ACM Crystal Milestone Award’ in 2008.
Personal Life & Legacy
Brooks married, Sandy Mahl, on May 24, 1986. They had three daughters, Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna and Allie Colleen, before they got divorced.
On December 10, 2005, he got married to the singer, Trisha Yearwood. The couple mostly resides in Owasso, Oklahoma, a Tulsa suburban.
Facts About Troyal Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks once tried his hand at professional baseball, playing for the San Diego Padres during spring training. 

In addition to his successful music career, Garth Brooks is also a licensed pilot and owns multiple aircraft.
Garth Brooks is known for his charitable work, including his involvement in organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Feeding America.
Despite his fame and success, Garth Brooks is known for his down-to-earth personality and humility when interacting with fans.

Garth Brooks holds the record for the best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over million certified units sold.


Grammy Awards
1998 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Winner
1997 Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Winner
1992 Best Country Vocal Performance, Male Winner
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