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Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks (born Troyal Garth Brooks on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American singer/songwriter who performs country music.

He won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1992 for the album Ropin' The Wind. He was awarded the Academy of Country Music award for Entertainer of the Year for 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993, and the award for Top Male Vocalist for 1990 and 1991.

Brooks has placed a total of 14 albums in the Billboard Pop and Country Charts between 1989 and 2002. Most of them have enjoyed #1 status. He has also achieved 22 #1 hit songs during a career which began in the 1980s.

For a joint music and movie project, he created a fictional character, Chris Gaines, whose album only sold a little over 2 million copies; acceptable to most artists but a disappointment compared to Garth's selling record.

He attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship as a javelin thrower.

In 1999, Garth Brooks began the Teammates For Kids Foundation which provides financial aid to charities for children. The organization breaks down into three categories spanning three different sports.

  • Touch 'Em All Foundation - Baseball Division
  • Top Shelf - Hockey Division
  • Touchdown - Football Division

The foundation enlists players to donate a predetermined sum of money depending on their game performance. Brooks has participated in spring training for the San Diego Padres in 1998 and 1999; the New York Mets in 2000, and most recently currently with the Kansas City Royals in 2004 to promote his Foundation.

In 1986, Brooks married Sandy Mahl. The couple had three children: Taylor Mayne Pearl, born July 8, 1992; August Anna, born May 3, 1994; and Allie Colleen, born July 28, 1996. They divorced in 2001.

In 2000, Brooks announced he would be retiring from performing until his youngest daughter, Allie, turns 18.

On May 25, 2005, Brooks announced his engagement to fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood.

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Discography

Additional Achievements

  • Garth Brooks is the only artist to have his first seven albums debut at number one on both the Billboard Pop and Country charts:
    • Ropin' the Wind
    • The Chase
    • In Pieces
    • Sevens
    • The Limited Series
    • Double Live
    • Scarecrow
  • Capitol Records shipped 5 million copies of The Chase which, at the time, was the largest initial shipment in music history.
  • Fresh Horses made history as the first album to have 8 out of 10 tracks on the country music singles charts at the same time.
  • Follow-up Sevens broke his own record, with 12 out of 14 tracks on the singles charts.
  • Every Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena) record was broken by Garth when he sold over 140,000 concert tickets in 1997 alone.
  • Garth Brooks was the first artist to debut a live album at number one on two charts (Double Live).
  • Double Live is the best-selling live album in music history.
    • Double Live set the all-time record for first week sales 1,085,373 copies.
    • This was also the record for any one week sales period for any genre artist in history.
  • Garth had the largest crowd to ever attend a concert in Central Park on August 7, 1997. It is estimated that over 1 million people showed for the live concert and 14.6 million saw it live on HBO.
  • Garth had 3 albums at the top of the Billboard pop charts at the same time in 1998 (Sevens, The Limited Series, and Double Live). He was the first to do this since Elton John in 1975.
Awards

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