Garth Brooks Biography

Updated On Dec 19, 2018 Published On Jun 26, 2018
Facts of Garth Brooks
Name Garth Brooks
Birth Name Troyal Garth Brooks
Nick Name Garth
Father Troyal Raymond Brooks
Mother Colleen McElroy Caroll
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Net Worth $280 million
Eye Color blue
Hair Color Black
Face Color White
Famous for World's highest record selling artist
Girlfriend No
Married Yes
Married to Sandy Mahl (m. 1986; div. 2001) Trisha Yearwood (m. 2005)
Children 3
Education Okhlahoma State University
Albums 11
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Garth Brooks is an American singer and songwriter. His idea of fusing rock and roll along with country music has helped him gain immense fame in the United States. Having sold over 170 million records, he is one of the world’s highest record selling artist. He has won 2 Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards, and RIAA Award for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the U.S.

Brook has been inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Garth Brooks was born Troyal Garth Brooks, on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the youngest son of Troyal Raymond Brooks, Jr. and Colleen McElroy Caroll. He is of American nationality and his ethnicity is white.

Since a young age, Garth Brooks learned how to play the guitar and banjo. As a child, he often sang in casual family settings, but his primary goal was to excel in athletics. In high school, he played many games, namely football, baseball, and races.

Brooks was awarded a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, wherein he competed in Javelin throwing. He graduated with a degree in advertising. His roommate, Ty England, played in his road band as a guitarist until Garth went solo with his career in 1995.

Brooks began his professional music career in 1985, singing and playing in clubs and bars of Oklahoma, especially in Wild Willie’s Saloon in Stillwater. In the same year, entertainment attorney Rod Phelps drove from Dallas to listen to Brooks. In 1987, Brooks and his wife Sandy Mahl moved to Nashville and began making contacts in the music industry.

Garth’s first album released in 1989 was a huge chart success. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was mostly around the country genre. Almost every song from this album went on to become hit singles.

Brooks’ second album No Fences was released in 1990. It stayed at No 1 in the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart for 23 weeks, and also features singer Keith Urban. and Jason Aldean.

His third album hit the stores in September 1991. The album already had advance orders of 4 million. It was the first country album to the enter the Billboard 200 and acquire a No. 1 position. It was Garth Brooks second best selling after No Fences. The release of this album also triggered the sales of his previous two albums ultimately making him the only artist with three albums listed on the Billboard 200.

In 1992, he released his first Christmas album, Beyond The Season on August 25. The album focused on Christmas songs. It went up to No. 2 on the Billboards.

Garth Brooks came up with another album in 1993. ”In Pieces” sold 10 million copies, and peaked at No. 1 on both the Billboard and The Top Country Album Charts. That same year, he started his first world tour. He also performed at London’s Wembley Arena, a feat never achieved by an American country music artist.

In November 1995, Brooks released Fresh Horses as his sixth album, which features singer Steven Tyler. The albums hit singles went on to top the charts again. After its release, he went on a second tour around the world. It is estimated that a total of 5.5 million people attended his concerts, and a grossed over $105 million making it the highest grossing tours in the 1990s.

In 1997, Garth Brooks released his seventh studio album titled Sevens. The concert for the promotion of the album was planned in Central Park. The concert was attended by 980,000 fans, making it the largest concert in park history. This album also peaked at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums charts and sold 10 million copies.

Garth Brooks' first live album, Double Live, was released in 1998. It also went on to peak at No. 1 in the Billboard.

In 1999, he took on an alter ego of Chris Gaines, a fictitious rock and roll musician, character for his upcoming movie, The Lamb. The lamb was released but met many criticisms. Maximum of the American citizens were bewildered by his idea of changing himself into a rock icon.

Before Brooks’ retirement, he went on to produce one last album. The album was named Scarecrow and was released on November 13, 2001. The album did reach No. 1 but did not match the levels of his previous sales.

He resurfaced again in 2014 with his new album Man Against Machine.

Garth's love life with his first wife had an unusual beginning. He’s a professional baseball player and was signed to the San Diego Padres for spring training in 1998 and 1999. He didn’t really make it as a regular-season roster but was offered a non-roster spot, which he declined.

He later got back to baseball in 2004, where he got his first and only hit-off against Mike Myers with the Royals. Brooks married his college girlfriend on May 24, 1986. The couple later had three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (born 1994), and Allie Colleen Brooks (born 1996). The duo later parted ways in 2000 after filing a divorce.

Brooks is now engaged to his second wife Trisha Yearwood, a country singer. They were married on December 10, 2005In 2013, He became a grandfather when his daughter August had a daughter with Michael Russell.

His nationality is American, and he is of white ethnicity. He has an average height of 1.82 m. He has his own youtube channel where he is followed by 11k followers.

Garth has a net worth of $280 million. Garth has been involved in a lot of charitable acts, especially selling concert tickets as a fundraiser. He has his own record label, Pearl Records which was established in 2005 and is a good source of his income. There have been no records of him receiving any amounts of money as salary.

Garth Brooks facts on timeline

Born in Tulsa, Okhlahama

February 7 , 1962

Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma to parents Troyal Raymond Brooks, Jr. and Colleen McElroy Caroll.

Released his first album Garth Brooks

April 12 , 1989

Garth Brooks' eponymous was released on April, 1989. It went on to become a huge success peaking at No 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and also on the Top Country Albums chart.

Released his second album No Fences

August 27 , 1990

Garth Brooks released his second album on 1990. The album peaked at No. 1 in the Billboard 200 chart, and remained in the Top Country Albums Chart at No.1, for almost 23 weeks.

Released Ropin' the Wind

September 2 , 1991

On September 1991,Garth Brooks released his third album,"Ropin' the Wind". The album already had an advance order of 4 million copies. The record was Brooks second best selling album. The album also improved the sales of his previous albums, making him the first artist to have three albums in the Billboard 200.

First christmas album, Beyond the Season

August 25 , 1992

In 1992, Garth Brooks released his first Christmas theme album. Beyond the Season also went on to be another studio hit, peaking at No.2 in the Billboards.

Released In Pieces

August 31 , 1993

Garth Brooks' another album "In Pieces" was released in 1993. the album sold 10 million copies and peaked at No. 1 on both the Billboard and The Top Country Album Charts.

Release of his sixth album Fresh Horses

February 21 , 1995

Garth Brooks released his sixth studio album, named "Fresh Horses" in November 1995. the album also went on to top all the charts.

Seventh album Seven

November 25 , 1997

In 1997, Garth Brooks released his seventh studio album. It was named Sevens. A concert was organized for the promotion of his album in the Central Park. The concert was attended by 5.5 million concertgoers, making it the largest concert in the Central Park history.

Chris Gaines and The Lamb


In 1999,Garth Brooks took on an alter ego with the name Chris Gaines, a fictitious, rock and roll character, for his upcoming movie The Lamb. The movie was released and was met by many criticisms. The American citizens were devasted by his decisions on taking up a rock and roll lifestyle.

Announced Retirement

November 13 , 2001

In 2001, Garth Brooks announced his retirement. He released an album, Scarecrow. The album failed to reach the expectations of his previous sales but still peaked at No.1.

Resurfacing with Man Against Machine


2014 saw the comeback of once retired Garth Brooks, with the release of his new album Man Against Machine.

Started a record label Pearl Records


In 2005, after signing off with previous record label Capitol Records, Garth Brooks went on to start his own new record label, Pearl Records. He produced his own for albums, under Pearl Records.

Married college girlfriend Sandy Mahl

May 24 , 1986

Garth Brooks married his college sweetheart Sandy Mahl. The couple share three daughters:Taylor Mayne Pearl, August Anna and Allie Colleen Brooks .

Divorced Sandy


After 14 years of marriage, and three daughters Garth Brooks decided to part ways, by divorcing in 2000.

Second marriage with Trisha Yearwood

December 10 , 2005

Garth Brooks is now happily married to his second wife, Trisha Yearwood, a country singer. They were tied on December 10, 2005.