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.
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.
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.
This famous American country singer holds the record for the highest number of best-selling albums in the United States, since 1991.