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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 Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Stars

Garth Brooks' comeback has certainly been a success. The country music superstar has landed at the top of Forbes' 2015 list of the highest-paid country acts.

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Garth Brooks Says There’s No Way His Chris Gaines Movie Will Ever Be Released

You'll get mixed reactions when you ask Garth Brooks fans how they feel about his 1999 off-genre album, Garth Brooks in … The Life of Chris Gaines, but the singer has given the last word as to the future of his alter-ego.

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Garth Brooks Is Revamping His World Tour

Garth Brooks wrapped up the first leg of his World Tour with three shows in New Orleans, La., in mid-July, and when he kicks the trek off again in September, with seven shows in Dallas, Texas, there will be a few changes.

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Jerrod Niemann Recalls Words of Wisdom From Garth Brooks

Jerrod Niemann is always open to advice from other artists -- especially when that artist happens to be Garth Brooks. The "Blue Bandana" singer says that Brooks offered him some unexpected words of wisdom that have helped shape his entire career.

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Story Behind the Song: Garth Brooks, ‘Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House’

In the late 1980s, Warren Haynes was living in Nashville and writing with various songwriters. He had just ended his time playing lead guitar in David Allan Coe's band and was years away from joining the Allman Brothers Band, founding Gov't Mule and becoming a successful solo artist. And Haynes and his co-writers, Bobby Boyd and Dennis Robbins, didn't know it, but their creative frustrations one day would turn into the song "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House."

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Musical Smartypants: Country Singers Who Learned Before They Earned

"Stay in school!" Kids may roll their eyes at that oft-heard phrase as they argue with their parents that some of the wealthiest celebrities on the planet dropped out of school to start their careers early. But in the notoriously volatile entertainment business, no one can argue with having an education to fall back on.

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Garth Brooks Announces Dallas World Tour Stops

Get ready, Garth Brooks fans in Texas: The country superstar's World Tour is coming back your way.

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Red Dirt Artist, Former Garth Brooks Band Member Tom Skinner Dies

Tom Skinner, a Red Dirt music pioneer and former member of Garth Brooks' band, has died. The singer-songwriter passed away on Sunday (July 12) due to various health complications. He was 61 years old.

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25 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Hits No. 1 With ‘The Dance’

Twenty-five years ago today (July 14, 1990) is a day that Garth Brooks will likely not forget. It was on this day that his hit "The Dance" soared to the top of the charts, where it stayed for three straight weeks.

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21 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Performs With KISS on ‘The Tonight Show’

Twenty-one years ago today (July 13, 1994) was an unforgettable day for Garth Brooks. It was the day that he performed "Hard Luck Woman" with KISS on The Tonight Show.

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