To say that Garth Brooks has set the bar in terms of concert tickets and music sold is an understatement. The Oklahoma-born entertainer is the No. 1 selling U.S. solo artist of all time, with more than 148 million albums sold. He’s the first artist to receive seven RIAA Diamond awards for sales of more than 10 million per album and, in early 2018, he was named the first inductee into Pollstar’s Live Music Hall of Fame after he wrapped up a up a three-year tour with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, during which he sold more than 6.3 million tickets. In what could be considered the ultimate career comeback, Garth took 13 years off the road to focus on family, then returned to touring and set a record for the biggest-ever excursion by a solo artist.
Driven by a love for music and passion for entertaining audiences, the Country Music Hall of Fame member continues to break records and earn accolades. In November of 2017, he won his sixth entertainer of the year award from the CMA, an unprecedented feat. Instead of resting on his considerable laurels, Garth is always looking for innovative ways to engage with his fans as he does on his weekly Facebook Live show, “Inside Studio G.”
He is the proud father of three daughters with his first wife—Taylor, August and aspiring singer Allie Colleen—and the grandfather of two (so far).
Born February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Garth inherited a love for country music from his mom, Colleen, who herself had been a country singer on Capitol Records in the ’50s. Music was always a part of his life growing up, but he also had a love of sports and was a gifted athlete. He attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a track scholarship and graduated with a degree in advertising. He began performing around the Sooner state in the mid ’80s, and by 1987 had moved to Nashville to pursue a career.
Garth’s self-titled debut album was released in 1989 and peaked at No. 2 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart with his first single, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” climbing into the top 10. He followed with “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” which became his first No. 1. “Not Counting You” peaked at No. 2 and “The Dance” became his second No. 1 from the album, and remains one of his most beloved hits.
Garth deftly avoided the dreaded sophomore slump as his second album, “No Fences,” spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums chart and spawned the chart-topping singles “The Thunder Rolls,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” and “Friends in Low Places,” a rowdy anthem that has become his signature song. His lengthy list of hits includes such memorable songs as “The River,” “We Shall be Free,” “What She’s Doing Now,” “That Summer,” “Somewhere Other than the Night,” “The Beaches of Cheyenne,” “Two Pina Coladas” and “Standing Outside the Fire.” In December of 2017, he scored his 20th No. 1 single with “Ask Me How I Know” from his current album, “Gunslinger.”
While his tour has wrapped for the time being, in 2018 fans can look for Garth to perform at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Stagecoach Music Festival. Stay tuned for more as this restless creative spirit never sits still for long.