Garth Brooks Has No Regrets About His Chris Gaines Project
Garth Brooks is one of the most successful artists in music history, with more than 70 million albums sold in the United States alone. But even music superstars sometimes pour their heart and soul into a project that doesn't become a commercial success. For Brooks, that project was his Chris Gaines album.
The 1999 record, called Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines, saw Brooks assuming the role Gaines, a fictional rock artist. The plan was that the album would become the soundtrack for a movie, The Lamb, but the film was never made.
The Life of Chris Gaines sold more than two million copies, but it was far less successful than Brooks' previous projects. Many fans had trouble grasping the idea of the country music icon as a rock singer. Still, Brooks insists that he has no regrets about the way things turned out, "other than getting the s--t kicked out of me."
"I love the music, and that's what it's all about," Brooks told The Boot and other media members during a recent press conference in Buffalo, N.Y. "Would I love to do a second one? Sure. Would I ever drop that much weight again? I don't think I could."
Brooks admits that his appearance may have been the downfall of the project.
"There is a ton of Garth in Chris, once you start to get familiar with Chris's music," he insists. "But one of the things that still will never settle easy with a lot of people, including my dad still doesn't get it, is how this kind of face, that looks like this and has for a decade, sings a song that goes [sings in falsetto] 'There's no more waiting.' It's very strange to see that coming out of this face."
Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines is available for purchase on Amazon.
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