Garth Brooks is an American Country Singer. Garth Brooks is a popular pop-country singer as well as a musician. He became the Best-Selling Solo Artist of the Century in the United States by the RIAA in the year 2007.
Table of Biography
Birth Facts and Education
Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is 62 years old and is under the astrological sign, Aquarius. He holds American nationality and his full name is Troyal Garth Brooks.
His father’s name is Troyal Raymond Brooks Jr. and his mother’s name is Colleen McElroy Carroll. And, Garth’s father was a draftsman for an oil company whereas his mother was a 1950s-era country singer who recorded on the Capitol Records label and appeared on Ozark Jubilee. Likewise, he has one sibling whose name is Kelly. And he has other four half-siblings and their names are Jim, Jerry, Mike, and Betsy.
Moreover, Garth Brooks often sang in casual family settings when he was a child, however, his primary focus was athletics. He was able to play football and baseball and ran track and field in high school. He also received a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he was able to compete in the javelin. Brooks formed his band, Santa Fe, learning to play whatever the college audience wanted when he worked as a bouncer at night at a local bar. In the year 1984, he graduated with a degree in advertising.
Career and Professional Life
Garth Brooks started his professional music career, singing and playing guitar in Oklahoma clubs and bars, most notably Wild Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater in the year 1985. And, although he listened to some country music, he was most fond of rock music. However, in the year 1981, after hearing “Unwound”, he decided that he was more interested in playing country music. Then, finally, in the year 1985, entertainment attorney Rod Phelps drove from Dallas to listen to Brooks and he liked what he heard and offered to produce the first demo.
Garth’s eponymous first album was released in the year 1989 and was a chart success most of the album was traditionalist country, influenced in part by George Strait. He then released his second album the next year which spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. This album eventually became his highest-selling album. Soon after he released his third album as well which was a huge success as well. This album’s musical content was a melange of country-pop and honky-tonk. Likewise, Garth became the first country artist with three albums listed in the Billboard 200’s top 20 in one week. He then released many other albums as well as singles throughout his career.
Likewise, his first world tour started in the year 1993, reaching the UK after many domestic concerts. And, his sold-out venues like Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre and London’s Wembley Arena, a feat never accomplished by an American country music artist. He even started the London radio station, Country 1035. Garth even took his World Tour to other regions throughout Europe, as well as Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand. Moreover, following the release of “Fresh Horses”, he embarked on his second world tour. And, the tour’s total attendance, approximately 5.5 million, ranks third on the all-time list of concert attendance, and its gross of over $105 million ranks it among the highest-grossing concert tours in the 1990s.
More About Career
Garth Brooks took on the persona of “Chris Gaines”, a fictitious rock-and-roll musician and character for an upcoming film titled The Lamb in the year 1999. He even appeared as Gaines in a television mockumentary for the VH1 series Behind the Music, and as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live, which he also hosted as himself. However, his rock-and-roll music didn’t do good and didn’t impress the audience.
Moreover, as his career flourished, Garth seemed frustrated by the conflicts between career and family. He first talked of retiring from performing in the year 1992, and then again in 1995, but each time returned to touring. Then, on October 26, 2000, he officially announced his retirement from recording and performing. His final album before retirement, “Scarecrow” did not match the sales levels of Brooks’ heyday, but still sold well, reaching No. 1 on Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts.
Then, in the year 2005, he expressed his interest in returning to live performances; but remained adamant about the premise of not releasing new music until the year 2014. Likewise, in November 2005, he along with Walmart issued an updated “The Limited Series” compilation. It is a box set containing reissues of Brooks’ albums. He was able to take a brief break from retirement early in 2005 to perform in various benefit concerts. Moreover, even after his retirement he was constantly releasing his re-recording and re-issuing and was entertaining his audiences. And, he even was performing the shows.
Also, after years of royalty disputes and opposition to online music streaming, Garth Brooks launched a streaming channel on Sirius XM Radio. He even reached an agreement to stream his entire catalog via Amazon Music.
Present Time and More
Garth Brooks released a new single, “All Day Long”, the first off his 2020 album, Fun in the year 2018. Then in that same year, he announced his Stadium Tour. This tour would visit thirty North American stadiums and showcase Brooks in a football-centric environment. He did release his singles in the next year as well. And, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Brooks and their wife Trisha Yearwood performed an informal concert broadcast on Facebook Live. In the year 2020, he was able to perform a concert broadcast at 300 drive-in theaters throughout North America.
In the year 1998, he was able to launch his “Touch ’em All Foundation” with Major League Baseball. He also started with a short baseball career. Likewise, in the year 2005, he ended his association with Capitol Records and established his record label, Pearl Records. Furthermore, in September 2014, he was able to establish “GhostTunes”. It is an online music store featuring his digital music, as well as over ten million songs from other artists.
Furthermore, he was able to win a record 22 Academy of Country Music Awards and received a total of 47 overall nominations. And, his 13 Grammy Award nominations have resulted in 2 awards wins, along with Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and many others. His work has even earned awards and nominations in television and film as well, including the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Charity and Support Works
Garth Brooks started the “Teammates for Kids Foundation” in the year 1999. This provides financial aid to charities for children. He is even a fundraiser for various other charities, including several children’s charities and famine relief. He has also supported Habitat for Humanity’s work over the years, including the annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
In the year 2000, he appeared at the Equality Rocks benefit concert for gay rights and sang a duet with openly gay singer George Michael.
Garth Brooks tied the knot with songwriter Sandy Mahl on May 24, 1986. The couple has three daughters together and their names are Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna, and Allie Colleen Brooks. But later in March 1999, they separated and divorced on December 17, 2001. Brooks then went on to marry Trisha Yearwood who is a country singer and cookbook author on December 10, 2005. Brooks and Trisha don’t have any children until now.
Garth Brooks has a height of 6 feet 1 inch and his weight is 82 Kg but his other body measurements are still under review. Moreover, Brooks has brown hair and grey eyes.
Social Media and Net Worth
Garth Brooks is pretty active on all of his social accounts. He has garnered 1.7 million followers on Instagram and 666.3K followers on Twitter. He also owns a Facebook account and has 4.9 million followers on it.
According to wealthy gorillas, Garth Brooks has a net worth of $400 million and his main income source is his singing career. Brooks most definitely has many other income sources as well.