Troyal Garth Brooks, born on February 7, 1962, is an American country singer, songwriter, and one of the most successful artists in music history. Brooks’s infusion of Pop and Rock elements into Country music is part of the reason he’s so famous and successful today. Brooks has the awards, sold-out shows, recognition, and accolades to validate his talent — not that he needs it. He’s a lovable character and a musical genius which is why we’re celebrating him on his special day today!
There isn’t a person that loves American Country music and hasn’t heard of Garth Brooks. The singer and songwriter was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on February 7, 1962. His father, Troyal Raymond Sr., was an oil company draftsman, while his mother, Colleen McElroy Carroll, was a 1950s country singer. Brooks grew up in a large family. He is an Aquarius and of Irish descent. His family always appreciated music, and they would host weekly talent nights with mandatory participation from the kids. Soon, he learned how to sing and play the guitar.
A year after college graduation, Brooks was a regular talent in the clubs and bars of Oklahoma. He was exposed to diverse genres of music and got influenced by George Jones. However, he transitioned to Country after George Strait’s “Unwound.” He released his first album, “Garth Brooks,” in 1989, and it peaked on the charts. The album ascended to No.13 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brooks was just getting started. In 1990 his second album, “No Fences,” dropped and was number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for 23 weeks. This album peaked on different charts and later became his highest-selling album. Brooks was a country singer now, but he idolized James Taylor, Billy Joel, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, and Queen. His third album, “Ropin’ the Wind,” which got released in ’91, entered the number one spot on the Billboard 200. This was a first for a country musician. Again, Brooks was only warming up. He scheduled his first world tour in 1993 across the UK, Brazil, New Zealand, and Australia. Several more albums and standing ovations later, Brooks announced his retirement on October 6, 2000.
Brooks was still selling millions of albums through Walmart. By 2005, Brooks began recording again, and by 2009, he started “Garth at Wynn,” a Las Vegas concert residency. This lasts till January 2014. By September this year, his comeback world tour was in full swing, and in 2019, his Stadium Tour followed suit. Brooks’ success is immeasurable. He has sold almost 200 million records, and his nine albums are RIAA diamond certified. He’s a two-time Grammy winner, a 17-time AMA winner, and has gotten inducted into multiple halls of fame. Brooks shares his success with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, and three daughters from his first marriage to Sandy Mahl.
Brooks drops and charts number two on Billboard Top Country Albums.
Brooks releases his second album, "No Fences," which becomes a massive success.
Brooks sells out venues across the UK and earns the nickname 'Garth Vader.'
Brooks announces his retirement from recording and performing.
He goes on this tour with his musician wife, Yearwood.
Why We Love Garth Brooks
He's crazy talented
Brooks is the only artist in the history of music to have nine RIAA Diamond-certified albums for a reason. His talent precedes him.
He has multiple charity foundations
From Baseball to Hockey and football, his 'Teammates for Kids Foundation' provides financial aid to children's charities. He is a giver,
He supports gay rights
Brooks believes in love in all its forms. He often participates in events that promote gay rights.
5 Surprising Facts
He played professional baseball
Brooks played major league baseball for a short while and signed with the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets.
He is also known as Chris Gaines
Brooks' alter persona is called "Chris Gaines” who is a rock-and-roll musician.
He grew up in a blended family
Brooks' mother and father were both previously married to other people and he grew up with four half-siblings.
He's a grandfather
Brooks became a grandpa in July 2013.
He has 10 TV appearances
Brooks has impressive filmography and he has been in movies, shows, and competitions.
Garth Brooks FAQs
How many records has Garth Brooks sold?
Brooks has sold over 170 million records in his career.
Why did Garth Brooks quit music?
Brooks retired temporarily from the music scene to focus on his family.
Do Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have children?
Brooks doesn’t share any biological kids with Yearwood.
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