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Garth Brooks biography [1962-2022] Best-selling living artist

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Garth Brooks can boast of being the best-selling solo artist in U.S. history, along with Elvis Presley, approaching 160 million records. How has one Country artist achieved so much? This is the life and musical career of a living legend 馃

3 Songs to know Garth Brooks


Friends in Low Places

It is one of Garth Brooks’ best known songs, included in his second album ‘No Fences’.

A new version of the song was released to commemorate the 25th anniversary in 2015.


A song written to inspire people to take risks. A message that Garth himself needed to hear (full story at the link).

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All Day Long

‘All Day Long’ was released in 2018 as a preview of ‘Fun’, Brooks’ latest album, which was finally released in 2020.

Even the pandemic won’t stop this country star!

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  • 馃椏 Name: Troyal Garth Brooks.
  • 馃巶 Year: He was聽born on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa (United States).
  • 馃懌聽Genres: Country pop, pop rock and country.
  • 鉁嶐煆 Signature:
Garth Brooks autograph
  • 馃幓 Instruments: Brooks is always attached to a guitar. A Takamine that, according to the singer, he uses to hide his belly馃槀
  • 馃捒聽Discography: He has released 12 studio albums during his career, plus 3 albums with Christmas songs and some live and compilation CDs.
  • 馃敆 Official Website:
  • 馃棧 Social Media: He doesn’t like it much, but recently Garth joined Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Garth Brooks (Tulsa, 1962) graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in advertising. Although he is a sports lover, he gave it all up to start his music career in 1987, when he moved to Nashville to get contacts in the industry.

With nine platinum albums and being the best-selling living artist, he has dedicated his life to music, but also to his family, for whom he聽retired several times to take care of his daughters.

Learn more about this artist and his discography, in which we can find 12 albums that will make you enjoy Country music like never before.

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Chapter 1 | Childhood between Talent Nights and athletics

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Garth Brooks as a kid (Pinterest Image)

Troyal Garth Brooks, known simply as Garth Brooks, was born on February 7, 1962, in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States).

  • Brooks is the youngest of 6 siblings, 4 of them come from a previous relationship of one of his parents, and a sister born, like him, thanks to the union of Troyal Raymond Brooks, a designer in an oil company, and Colleen Carroll McElroy, a country singer 鉁

Needless to say that country music was always present in Brooks’ life. His parents used to organize every week 鈥渢alent nights鈥, in which the kids had to sing or perform parodies 馃幁

It is curious how, despite being surrounded by musica at home, Brooks focused on sports during his childhood and adolescence. His main passion, track and field 馃弮馃徑, although he also had time for soccer or baseball. In addition, he received a track and field scholarship to Oklahoma University, where he also participated in javelin throwing.

  • In 1984 Brooks graduated in Advertising 馃帗 and combined his studies working as a bouncer in a bar.

Already graduated from college, Brooks begins a year later to sing and play guitar with Santa Fe, his own band, in bars throughout Oklahoma.

  • It was during that year that Brooks was discovered by Rod Phelps, who offered to produce his first single 馃帳
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Garth Brooks athlete (Pinterest Image)

In his early days, Brooks opted for rock music when it came to references. Among them, George Jones, James Taylor or Dan Fogelberg stand out, although it was George Strait with Unwound what sowed the passion for country music in Brooks馃尡

Chapter 2 | Career breakthrough

Garth Brooks聽Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)

In 1985Brooks moved to Nashville to record his first single.

  • Along with Sandy Mahl, whom he married in 1986, Brooks lived for a while between Oklahoma and Nashville, where he stayed for good in 1987.
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Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl, his first wife (Pinterest Image)

Garth Brooks If Tomorrow Never Comes

Just two years later Brooks released an eponymous album that became a hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard.

  • This first single was ‘Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)‘, but the record included many wonderful songs like: Brooks, Not Counting You, If Tomorrow Never Comes and The Dance 馃暫馃徑

‘The Dance’, Garh Brooks’ favorite song

The Dance was the starting point of Garth Brooks’ success, no matter what radio you dialed at the time, the song was always playing. Maybe because of that Garth has always said that it’s possibly his favorite track聽馃専

To a lot of people The Dacne is a love gone bad song, which you know that it is.聽

To me it’s always been a song about life and maybe the loss of those people that have given the ultimate sacrifice for a dream that they believed in, like the John F. Kennedy’s and Martin Luther King’s, and if they could come back I think they would say to us what the lyrics of The Dance says

Garth Brooks The Dance

Garth Brooks Thunder Rolls

After the fame harvested with his first album, in 1990 Garth Brooks released ‘No Fences’.

  • This 2nd work, which remained for 23 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, contains legendary songs in Garth Brooks discography, such as: Friends in Low Places, Thunder Rolls and Unanswered Prayers.

‘No Fences’ also stood out for its great sales, more than 18 million albums 馃捒

Chapter 3 | Setbacks, controversies and internationalization

In 1991, one year after his previous chart-breaker, Brooks releases his 3rd album, ‘Ropin’ the Wind’.

  • The best singles from this album were: The River, What She鈥檚 Doing Now and a cover of Billy Joel’s Shameless.
  • Thanks to this album, which reached number 1 on several charts, Brooks became the first country artist with 3 albums in Billboard 200’s Top 20 in one week 馃搵

Garth Brooks The River

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Garth Brooks (Facebook Image)

The riots experienced in the city of Los Angeles in 1992, led him to write the song We Shall Be Free, a hymn to tolerance that would also serve as a preview of ‘The Chase‘, the 4th album of Garth Brooks’ discography.

  • Funnily enough, the song would be Brooks’ first fail in the charts, as it could only reach the 12th position, even though the track was included in the Christian songs chart and received the GLAAD Media Award

Garth Brooks That Summer

The setback was short-lived for Garth Brooks as his next singles, Somewhere Other Than The Night, Learning to Live Again and That Summer, brought him back to the top of the charts.

  • In the middle of the summer of 1992, Brooks decided to get ahead of the moment and released ‘Beyond the Season‘, a Christmas classics and unreleased tracks album 馃巹

On the personal front, life smiled on him as he and Sandy Mahl have their first daughter, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks 馃懚

Surrounded by controversy for his criticism of second-hand music stores, Brooks released 鈥業n Pieces鈥 in 1993, which took him around the globe on his first international tour 馃寧.

  • Polemic affected the album’s performance, even so, it reached Top 2 in the UK with The Red Strokes.
  • The record also includes his very famous Callin’ Baton Rouge, which audiences still chant at all his concerts to this day.
  • Standing Outside the Fire, Brook’s greates classic, deserves special mention.

Garth Brooks Callin’ Baton Rouge

In 1994 Garth took part in a tribute album toKISS, recording 鈥楬ard Luck Woman鈥, which he played live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. That year was also special for Brooks due to the birth of August Anna Brooks, his second daughter 馃懚

Chapter 4 | More hits and performance in front of 1 million people

In late 1995 Garth Brooks releases ‘Fresh Horses, another career hit led by the song She鈥檚 Every Woman and followed by a cover of Aerosmith’s The Fever.

  • Brooks again embarked on a world tour.

A year later Brooks had his third and last daughter, Allie Colleen Brooks 馃嵓 She is the only one who is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps in music.

Already immersed in a new year, Brooks released his 7th album, ‘Sevens’, in 1997. To promote it, Garth starred in a Central Park Concert, a massive show attended by 980,000 people, a record in the history of the famous park 馃幎

  • This new Garth Brooks album included:
    • Longneck Bottle featuring聽Steve Wariner.
    • Two Pina Coladas,聽a smash hit.
    • To Make You Feel My Love, a cover of Bob Dylan’s song
    • In Another鈥檚 Eye, a duet with Trisha Yearwood, who would later become his second wife 鉂わ笍

Garth Brooks Two Pina Coladas

Garth Brooks To Make You Feel My Love

1998 was the year of live music for Brooks with 鈥楧ouble Live鈥, an album that includes all his greatest hits recorded live, along with some new tracks written during his 2nd international tour. In some of them he features Trisha Yearwood again 鉁堬笍

That year he also reissued his six first albums in a special box called 鈥楾he Limited Series鈥, adding an unreleased track in each one of them.

馃幀 Brooks receives the proposal to play Chris Gaines, a rock and roll singer, on the big screen. The film was never released, but Garth took the opportunity to record ‘Garth Brooks in… The Life of Chris Gaines (Gaines’ Greatest Hits)‘.

In 1999 he also publised Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas, his second Christmas album 馃巺

Chapter 5 | Retirement, for good?

In 2000 Garth Brooks announces that he is going to retire from music to take care of his daughters, but first he releases ‘Scarecrow‘, an album that does not reap the previous successes.

2001 brings the definitive breakup of his marriage to Sandy Mahl, with whom he signs the divorce that same year after 2 years of separation 馃挃

Garth Brooks Wrapped In You

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, his current wife (Facebook Image)

After 4 years away from the stage, Brooks begins to feel the need of music, although he decides to wait until his youngest daughter finishes school.

  • In 2004, he changes company from Capitol Records to Walmart 鉁掞笍, with which he reissues all his works under the name ‘The Limited Series Compilation’.
  • During 2005聽Brooks leaves for a moment his retirement to participate in several benefit concerts. He also published a new song, Good Ride Cowboy, as a tribute to his friend and country singer Chris LeDoux.

In 2005 Garth Brooks marries Trisha Yearwood. She is also a country singer and Garth has always claimed her to be the love of his life 馃拲

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Love Will Always Win

In 2006, The Lost Sessions was re-released, including a duet by Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood, Love Will Always Win.

  • This compilation album was followed in 2007 by ‘The Ultimate Hits‘, another special edition with 30 of the singer’s classics, such as ‘Papa Loved Mama‘.
  • That year Brooks embarks on a new series of concerts in Kansas, and in 2008 in Los Angeles.

In 2009Garth Brooks definitively suspends his retirement and performs a residency (series of concerts) in Las Vegas, to where he traveled every weekend from his home in Oklahoma in his private jet 馃洬

Tribute to the artists who inspired him

In 2013 Garth Brooks released ‘Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences‘, a tribute album to his references in the country pop music.

Chapter 6 | The latest about Garth Brooks

Brooks continues to play one-off gigs until 2014, when he returns with new music,聽Man Against Machine.

  • The first single was People Loving People.
  • On the occasion of the 25 anniversaryofNo Fences‘, Garth Brooks decides to re-release the album with a new version of ‘Friends in Low Places‘ featuring George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban.

Garth Brooks People Loving People

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Garth Brooks (Facebook Image)

In 2016 Garth Brooks comes stomping back with another single, Baby, Let鈥檚 Lay Down and Dance, appetizer of ‘Gunslinger‘, the singer’s new studio album.

  • That same year he also released a Christmas album with Trisha Yearwood, titled ‘Christmas Together‘ 馃巵

2018 was a prolific year for Garth Brooks:

  • He got a new single, All Day Long.
  • Released聽鈥Triple Live鈥, a 3-CD live album.
  • He embarcked on a tour around the United States called 鈥楾he Stadium Tour鈥.

2020 was an impasse for everyone, although Brooks took the opportunity to carry out with Trisha Yearwood a series of concerts and live shows via Facebook, which brought together some 5 million people 馃捇

Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Shallow

Garth Brooks today

2021 began with Brooks performing Amazing Grace鈥 at Joe Biden’s inauguration. In addition, Brooks remains the only artist to have received an RIAA certification for more than 157 million album sales, in addition to his nine platinum albums 馃捒

  • In 2022 he continues his ‘Stadium tour‘ in the United States which will conclude with 5 concerts for 400,000 people in Dublin (Ireland).
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Garth Brooks, after more than 25 years of experience, is essential in the understanding of country music, a genre he has surpassed, reaping successes to this day with sold-out stadiums all over United States.

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Who is Garth Brooks' wife?

Garth Brooks was married for 15 years (1986-2001) to Sandy Mahl, with whom the vocalist had three daughters, August Anna, Taylor Mayne Pearl and Allie Colleen Brooks.

They divorced and Garth Brooks remarried the love of his life, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood.


Garth & Trisha

Garth and Trisha (Facebook Image)

How many records has Garth Brooks sold?

Brooks has sold more than 170 million records throughout his career, a figure that has helped him to be named by RIAA as the artist who has sold more albums in the United States, ahead of even Elvis Presley.

But, if we talk about a specific work, Double Live, released in 1998, takes the first place in the list of his best sellers. This live album has sold more than 21 million copies since its release 馃捒

Who is Chris Gaines?

In 1999 Brooks worked with his production company, Red Strokes Entertainment, and Paramount Pictures in the film ‘The Lamb‘, where the singer would star. The film revolved around Chris Gaines, a rock singer that used to flee from cameras.聽

As a way to promote the film, Brooks took Chris Gaines identity and released ‘Garth Brooks in… The Life of Chris Gaines‘, as part of the film’s soundtrack.

Although The Lamb was never released, this brief album gave Brooks the opportunity to explore other musical genres away from his usual country sound.

How many daughters does Garth Brooks have? Does any of them sing?

August Anna, Taylor Mayne Pearl and Allie Colleen Brooks are Garth Brooks’ three daughters, the fruit of his first marriage to Sandy Mahl.

Although all three grew up with music, only one has followed in her father’s footsteps in the world of country music. We are talking about Allie Colleen Brooks, the youngest daughter of the singer, who has recently released her debut album ‘Stones 馃悅

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