|Birth name||Troyal Garth Brooks|
|Born||February 7, 1962|
|Origin||Yukon, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar (primary instruments)
|Associated acts||Trisha Yearwood, Chris Gaines, Ty England|
Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter. He uses rock elements into his recordings and live performances. Brooks was successful in the country singles and country album charts and later also proved popular in the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience.
Brooks has had one of the most successful careers in popular music history, with over 70 hit singles and 15 charted albums to his credit. Throughout the 1990s he broke records for both sales and concert attendance. In 1999, looking to expand his career boundaries, Brooks began a multimedia project involving a fictitious alter ego known as Chris Gaines.
In 2001, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing, after having conflicts between his career and family. During this time he has sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Wal-Mart and has released new singles from time to time.
On August 24, 2007, he announced that he was coming out of retirement.
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