Garth Brooks is one of the most played and best selling musicians
of all time according to Billboard. He was born on February
7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Troyal and Colleen Brooks. He
father is a retired Marine, his mother was a homemaker and
a former recording artist. He was raised in nearby Yukon,
Oklahoma, where his father still resides. His mother passed
away in 1999. She had also been a Capitol Records recording
artist, back in the 1950s and saw some success with a singing
While he was a student at Oklahoma State University,
he met and and later took as his wife Sandy. They were married
on May 24, 1986. It was also during college that he made friends
with most of his current band, especially Ty England. They
wrote songs, played the guitar, and basically lived the college
life until Garth graduated with a degree in Journalism and
Advertising. He and Sandy managed a boot shop for a few years,
and then decided to make a trip to Nashville to peddle some
demo tapes to a few record company executives. It did not
work out well. They decided to give Nashville another try,
and this time it worked.
His first album, Garth Brooks, was a sensation
in 1989. With hits such as "Much Too Young To Look This
Old" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes," the album
sold 7 million copies and sealed forever his fate as country
music's most sought after entertainer. Each of his albums
after that has also been multi-platinum, selling millions
of copies, both to country music fans and also to fans of
other musical tastes. Garth says "I didn't realize in
the beginning how far we would get with the music...it all
just 'happened' at once...and it was almost scary!"
In 1998, Garth announced that he would take
a year off from performing. This is probably a wise move for
Garth. Not necessarily for himself, but for his caring for
the careers of other struggling country music artists. It
would take the spotlight off him and shine it on the others
that are trying to make ends meet in a slimming country music
market. But Garth was not completely out of the limelight.
He went to training camp with the San Diego Padres, made numerous
television appearances, interviews, and visits that were at
least designed to keep him in the news.
In August of 1999, Garth's mother, Colleen Carroll
Brooks, passed away at the age of 70 after a long battle with
cancer. The entire Brooks family, including Garth, had kept
a vigil by her bedside in her Oklahoma City hospital room.
The family had to request that she be classified as a confidential
patient in order to attain much needed privacy. His mother
had always called herself her son's number one fan, even before
he struck gold in country music. A recent hit of his, before
her death, had been written in honor of her, titled "It's
Garth's most recent, and most controversial
move, was his album and movie "In The Life Of Chris Gaines."
Although the album sold multi-platinum and won rave reviews
for Garth's flexibility, many in the country music world viewed
it as turning country music into pop music. Still others viewed
it as the opposite. Regardless of which view won out, it was
country music at the fore-front at the end of the 20th century,
all due in a large part to Garth Brooks.
Garth's most important goal is to spend time
with his growing family. He currently lives just north of
Nashville on a farm he calls "Some Day Valley."
He and his wife Sandy recently filed for divorce in Tennessee.
They have three children, Taylor Mayne Pearl (in honor of
Minnie Pearl) born in 1992, August Anna born in 1994, and
Allie Colleen born in 1996.
Garth Brooks (1989)
No Fences (1990)
Ropin' the Wind (1991)
Beyond the Season (1992)
The Chase (1992)
In Pieces (1993)
Garth Brooks Collection (1994)
(Compiled for McDonald's music promotion. Proceeds benefit Ronald
McDonald Children Charities.)
The Hits (1994)
Fresh Horses (1995)
The Limited Series (box set) (1998)
Double Live (1998)
Garth Brooks ... in the life of Chris Gaines (1999)
The Magic of Christmas (1999)