Troyal Garth Brooks, commonly known as Garth Brooks, is an American singer and songwriter. Brooks’ integration of rock and pop elements into the country genre has earned him popularity, particularly in the US with success on the country music single and album charts, multi-platinum recordings and record-breaking live performances. He also crossed over into the mainstream pop arena.
Currently, Garth is the only artist in music history to have released eight albums that achieved diamond status in the US which surpassed the Beatles’ former record of six, as of 2020, those albums include Garth Brooks (diamond), No Fences (17× platinum), Ropin’ the Wind (14× platinum), The Chase (diamond), The Hits (diamond), Sevens (diamond), Double Live (21× platinum), and lastly The Ultimate Hits (diamond). Garth has released 22 records in all, which include 12 studio albums, 2 live albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums and 4 box sets, together with 77 singles, since 1989. Garth has won several awards in his career, including 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards and the RIAA Award for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the United States.
He retired from recording and performing from 2001 to 2005, since he got troubled by conflicts between career and family. During this time, Garth sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. He started a partial comeback, giving select performances and releasing two compilation albums in 2005. Garth began at Wynn, a periodic weekend concert residency at Las Vegas’ Encore Theatre between December 2009 and January 2014. He announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville in July 2014, following the conclusion of the residency. Garth began his comeback world tour, in September 2014, with wife and musician Trisha Yearwood, which culminated in 2017. This was followed by his Stadium Tour, which began in 2019 and his most recent album, Gunslinger, was released in November 2016.
Garth sold over 170 million records, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. According to the RIAA, Garth is the best-selling solo albums artist in the US with 156 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall, as of 2020. On October 21, 2012, Garth was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, having been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame the year before. In 2016, Garth was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum with his studio musicians, The G-Men. He received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, on March 4, 2020. Garth is the youngest recipient of the award when he was at the age of 58.
Troyal Garth was born on February 7th, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Garth was the youngest child of Troyal Raymond Brooks Jr., who was a draftsman for an oil company, and Colleen McElroy Carroll, who was a 1950s-era country singer of Irish ancestry who recorded on the Capitol Records label and appeared on Ozark Jubilee. This was the second marriage for each of his parents, giving Garth four older half-siblings namely Jim, Jerry, Mike, and Betsy. Together, they had two children, Kelly and Garth.
He was a one-off fictional rock persona created as an alter ego for Garth to explore musical styles far removed from Garth’s success as a country singer. Garth, initially, planned to feature the Gaines persona in The Lamb, a motion picture that never materialized. Garth released one album as Gaines, in 1999, and the album produced two charting Billboard singles, including the Top 5 pop hit single ‘Lost in You’.
Garth was married to his ex-wife, Sandy Mahl, for 15 years, before he tied the knot to his current wife, Trisha Yearwood. Sandy and Garth together have three daughters namely Taylor, August and Allie.
-Friends in Low Places
-The Thunder Rolls
-If Tomorrow Never Comes
-Standing Outside the Fire
-Much Too Young
-Callin’ Baton Rouge
-Ask Me How I Know
-Ain’t Goin’ Down
-We Shall Be Free
-More Than a Memory
-Two Pina Coladas
-Papa Loved Mama
-What She’s Doing Now
-The Beaches of Cheyenne
-Tomorrow Never Comes
-Not Counting You
-To Make You Feel My Love
-She’s Every Woman
-American Honky-Tonk Bar Association
-Wrapped Up in You
-The Red Strokes
-When You Come Back to Me Again
-Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House
-Learning to Live Again