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Who Is Garth Brooks And When Did Garth Brooks Get Famous?
Who Is Garth Brooks: May of 2021 saw Garth Brooks get the highest distinction an artist can achieve: the Kennedy Center Honor. According to the RIAA, he has sold 157 million albums, making him the best-selling solo artist in American history. With nine albums now certified at over 10 million, Brooks is the only musician in RIAA history to collect nine Diamond Awards.
Brooks holds the record as the only artist to win CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award seven times. Most recently, he won the 2021 Pollstar Award for Country Touring Artist of the Decade. The Library of Congress awarded Brooks the prestigious Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in March 2020.
He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and the Grand Ole Opry, among many other prestigious music organizations.
A week after accepting the Billboard Music Icon Award in 2020, Brooks released not one but two new albums: his 12th studio album FUN and a live album titled Triple Live Deluxe.
The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour, which began in March 2019, has broken attendance records at every stop. In St. Louis, Brooks attracted the greatest audience ever for a concert at The Dome at America’s Center, while in Detroit, Brooks hosted the largest concert crowd in Ford Field’s history.
While playing for the United States at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, he broke the state record for attendance. When he performed in Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium, he surpassed the previous concert attendance record.
According to Pollstar, Brooks’ stadium tour was 2019’s highest-grossing tour for country music. The trip, which was postponed in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic, will resume in the summer of 2021.
In November of 2019, A&E showed Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On for two nights in a row. As a part of A&E’s prestigious “Biography” series, the documentary provided an up-close look at Garth’s life as a musician and father during his whole career.
Garth and Trisha Yearwood performed together for three and a half years on the Garth Brooks World Tour, which concluded in 2017. Tickets for the tour were purchased by nearly 6.3 million people, making it the most successful tour in the history of the North American continent.
Brooks has had 20 number-one hits on the Billboard charts. In March of 2020, Billboard reported that he has become the only artist in history to have top-5 songs on country radio (across Billboard and Mediabase charts) in each of the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s.
His first record, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” was released in 1989, and his most recent tune, “Dive Bar,” a duet with Blake Shelton, has also been a radio hit. Hits including “The Dance,” “Friends in Low Places,” “The River,” and “If Tomorrow Never Comes” were played on the radio often during this time, cementing his music’s place in the annals of American popular music.
The Legacy Collection, Brooks’s first vinyl release, features three separate box sets: the Limited Edition, the Original Analog Edition, and the Remixed/Remastered Edition.
There are seven albums on vinyl and seven additional tracks on CD in each box. Triple Live, No Fences, In Pieces, The Chase, and Fresh Horses are all being released here for the first time as part of a multi-album set. Each LEGACY COLLECTION buyer was given a 6-digit number that marked the date of their purchase, making each LEGACY COLLECTION truly unique.
Twenty thousand units were purchased in less than eighteen hours during the initial collection pre-sale, setting a new record for Garth. Put another way, that’s 420,000 LPs! After another 24-hour pre-sale period, 300,000 vinyl LPs were purchased. According to Forbes, “The Beatles became the number-one vinyl artist in 2018 with 321,000 sales over 12 months.”
Garth also broadcasts a weekly Facebook Live show called Inside Studio G. It premieres on Garth’s Facebook page every Monday night at 7:00 pm. eastern.
What is Garth Brooks’s Net Worth?
U.S. country music superstar Garth Brooks is worth an estimated $400 million. That’s his and his wife, fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood’s combined wealth. Garth is responsible for $300–$350 million of the couple’s wealth.
Garth is one of the most popular country music artists of all time, with six albums having achieved the coveted diamond certification.
He has sold over 148 million records in the United States alone, making him the best-selling solo artist in the country and placing him second in overall album sales behind only The Beatles (according to the RIAA). More than 200 million records of his have been sold around the world, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Garth Brooks Early Life
On February 7, 1962, Troyal Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The youngest of three children born to Troyal Raymond Brooks and Colleen McElroy Carroll, he is the only boy. Garth is the product of his parents’ second marriages; his father was an oil company draughtsman, and his mother was a country singer in the 1950s who starred on the TV show “Ozark Jubilee.”
He is the youngest of five, with four elder half-brothers and a sister. Every week when he was a kid, his family would throw a talent event where all six of them would have to perform a skit or sing. While growing up, Garth enjoyed singing, athletics was always his top priority.
He participated in football, baseball, and track and field during his time at high school. He will be attending Oklahoma State University thanks to the track scholarship he received. The javelin was where he really excelled. In 1984, Brooks received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from an accredited university.
Garth Brooks Career
In 1985, Brooks began performing as a singer and guitarist in local taverns and clubs after graduating from college. An attorney who specializes in the entertainment industry made the trip from Dallas to Stillwater, Oklahoma specifically to see Brooks perform.
He volunteered to make an early demo of his work. Brooks moved to Music City in the hopes of signing a record deal. After only 24 hours, he was back in Oklahoma. With the help of his lawyer, Garth decided to give Nashville another go. In 1987, Brooks uprooted and settled in Nashville.
Garth Brooks Success
Brooks’ debut album, titled “Hungry Years,” was released that year. When released, the album quickly rose to the top of the country album charts, eventually reaching position #2. If Tomorrow Never Comes” was his first No. 1 single from this album. Later that year, Brooks hit the road as Kenny Rogers’ opening act on his Fare Thee Well tour.
Upon its debut in 1990, Brooks’s second studio album, titled “No Fences,” spent the next 23 weeks as the best-selling country record in the United States. Two of the album’s tracks, “Friends in Low Places” and “The Thunder Rolls,” are both rather good.
Four of the songs on Brooks’ album “No Fences” reached No. 1 on the country charts, making it his most successful album to date. In the fall of 1991, Brooks released his third studio album, “Ropin’ the Wind,” which immediately went to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. That was never done before by a country musician, so consider it a first.
In addition, Brooks was the first country musician to simultaneously have three albums in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. In the fall of 1992, he dropped his fourth studio album, titled “The Chase.”
“In Pieces,” which Brooks released in 1993, was a smashing success on both the country and main charts. In the same year, he embarked on his first worldwide tour, becoming the first American country artist to sell out London’s Wembley Arena.
After waiting two years, in 1995 he released “Fresh Horses,” which featured the hit single “She’s Every Woman,” and embarked on his second global tour, which ended up drawing in over $105 million and playing to over 5.5 million people. He came out with his debut live CD, “Double Live,” in 1998.
The album “Garth Brooks in…The Life of Chris Gaines,” which accompanied the film “The Lamb,” was released in October 1999 and was a commercial and critical flop. Brooks announced his retirement from the music industry on October 26, 2000.
In the fall of 2007, Brooks held nine sold-out concerts in Kansas City under the title “Garth Brooks: Live in Kansas City.” Originally, only one event was scheduled, but due to overwhelming demand, all nine shows sold out in under two hours. Around 140,000 tickets were purchased.
A few months later, in January 2008, Brooks held a benefit concert series for the victims of the 2007 wildfires in Los Angeles, performing five sold-out gigs in less than 48 hours.
The legendary singer and actor stepped out of retirement for a residency at Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas hotel in the fall of 2009. Rather than having to choose between spending time with his family in Oklahoma and performing in Las Vegas, Wynn provided Brooks with private jet service so that he could be in both cities on the weekends.
In 2014, Brooks emerged from retirement to release a new single, “People Loving People,” as well as an album and a world tour under the title “Man Against Machine.” Including the hits “Gunslinger” and “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” Brooks’ 2016 compilation album “The Ultimate Collection” was produced in collaboration with the retail giant Target.
The album “Fun,” with the track “All Day Long,” was released in 2020. At the same time that summer, Brooks announced his Stadium Tour, which will visit 30 stadiums across North America. One of those sites would be Notre Dame Stadium, home to the Fighting Irish football team. In 2019, Brooks visited seven different watering holes around the United States as part of the Dive Bar Tour.
A Facebook Live performance by Brooks and Trish Yearwood during the COVID-19 pandemic was viewed by almost 5 million people. Due to a large number of users, there were frequent interruptions in the performance.
The next week, Brooks and Yearwood performed a similar concert on CBS, with $1 million of their proceeds going to pandemic relief efforts. In total, 5.6 million people watched the CBS telecast. This adorable couple returned to Facebook Live on July 7 for another event and played fan-requested songs.
The concert, which Brooks gave in late June of 2020, was televised to 300 drive-in theatres across the United States and Canada.
When we sang The Dance together tonight, I realized… As great as 2014 could have been, it could not have held a candle to 2022 at Croke Park with YOU!! I LOVE IRELAND 🇮🇪 !!!!!! love, g #GARTHinIRELAND pic.twitter.com/N51WBYAjLJ
— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) September 11, 2022
Garth Brooks Personal Life
While attending the University of Oklahoma, Brooks married the singer-songwriter, Sandy Mahl. On that day in 1986 (May 24), they tied the knot.
Taylor, August, and Allie are their three daughters from this union. Their divorce was finalized on December 17, 2001. His separation was reportedly one of the costliest in history. Ultimately, Garth settled with Sandy for $125 million.
On December 10, 2005, country music star Trisha Yearwood became Brooks’ second wife. After August had her daughter Karalynn with Chance Michael Russell in July 2013, Brooks became a grandfather.
Garth Brooks Salary Highlights
Over the course of a year of touring, Garth has reportedly earned as much as $90 million, making him the highest-paid superstar in the world at one point.
Garth Brooks made $45 million from June 2017 through May 2018. He made $25 million throughout the same time frame the following year.
Garth Brooks Real Estate
In addition to his Tulsa and Nashville properties, Brooks also has a property in Malibu, California. Rumor has it that Brooks and Yearwood dropped $8.825 million to purchase the Layby Hotel in Florida’s Anna Maria Island’s Holmes Beach in 2019.