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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks

Born Troyal Garth Brooks, future country icon and Oklahoma native Garth Brooks inherited his love of music from his mother Colleen, who was an artist on Capitol Records in the 1950s. He attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship and graduated with a degree in advertising before leaving for Nashville to pursue country music. His first move to Music City was short, but his second, in 1987, with his then-wife Sandy, was permanent. Brooks released his self-titled debut album in 1989 and found instant success: ‘Garth Brooks’ peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart; all four singles made it to the Top 10, with two hitting No. 1; and the album has since been certified diamond by the RIAA. Brooks dominated the country music industry in the 1990s, becoming the second-best-selling solo artist of the 20th century, winning countless awards and notching plenty of hit singles and No. 1 albums, before “retiring” in 2001 to devote his time to being a father to his three daughters. In 2005, Brooks married Trisha Yearwood, and in 2014, he returned to country music with a world tour and new album, ‘Man Against Machine’.

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Garth Brooks Makes History With His Seventh Diamond-Certified Album

Garth Brooks is the first artist to have seven diamond-certified records according to the RIAA.

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Garth Brooks Adds Richmond, Va., to World Tour

Garth Brooks has announced a World Tour stop in Richmond, Va.

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Garth Brooks Teams With Target for ‘The Ultimate Collection’, Featuring New Album

Garth Brooks has announced plans for 'The Ultimate Collection', which will include his new album.

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Garth Brooks Hopes to Educate Newer Country Fans With New SiriusXM Channel

Garth Brooks shares his plans for his new SiriusXM satellite radio channel.

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Country Songs Inspired By World Tragedies

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Review: Garth Brooks Tries Not to ‘Bawl Like a Baby’ at First Ryman Show

Garth Brooks played at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 8 for the first time ever. It was epic.

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Garth Brooks, Ricky Skaggs and More Named to Musicians Hall of Fame

The Musicians Hall of Fame has revealed its Class of 2016.

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Garth Brooks Announces Charleston, W.V., World Tour Stop

Garth Brooks will perform in Charleston, W.V., as part of his World Tour.

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The Best Country Star Yearbook Photos

A photo gallery of country stars' yearbook pictures.

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