Garth Brooks

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Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks in Los Angeles, California March 2019
Garth Brooks in Los Angeles, California March 2019
Background information
Birth nameTroyal Garth Brooks
Born (1962-02-07) February 7, 1962 (age 62)
OriginTulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
InstrumentsVocals, guitar (primary instruments)
Years active1985-2001
LabelsCapitol Records, Liberty Records, Pearl Records, RCA Records

Troyal Garth Brooks, commonly known as Garth Brooks, (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He uses rock elements in 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.[1]

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.

He started performing at bars while studying advertising in college and also working as a bouncer.[2] In 2001, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing, after having conflicts between his career and family.[1] During this time he has sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and has released new singles from time to time.[3][4]

On November 6, 2007, The Ultimate Hits was released. Brooks came out of retirement in 2007 when he opened a new arena in Kansas City, Missouri.[5] He left retirement again in 2013 to play at the Encore Casino in Las Vegas.[5]

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album details
1989 Garth Brooks
1990 No Fences
  • Release date: August 27, 1990
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
1991 Ropin' the Wind
  • Release date: September 10, 1991
  • Label: Liberty Records
1992 The Chase
  • Release date: September 22, 1992
  • Label: Liberty Records
1993 In Pieces
  • Release date: August 31, 1993
  • Label: Liberty Records
1995 Fresh Horses
  • Release date: November 21, 1995
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
1997 Sevens
  • Release date: November 25, 1997
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
2001 Scarecrow
  • Release date: November 13, 2001
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
2005 The Lost Sessions
  • Release date: November 25, 2005
  • Label: Pearl Records
2014 Man Against Machine
  • Release date: November 11, 2014
  • Label: Pearl Records
2016 Gunslinger
  • Release date: November 25, 2016
  • Label: Pearl Records
2020 Fun
  • Release date: November 20, 2020
  • Label: Pearl Records
2023 Time Traveler
  • Release date: November 7, 2023
  • Label: Pearl Records

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Johnson, Kevin C. (November 11, 2000). "Country music may survive A.G. (After Garth)". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. "Garth Brooks Biography".
  3. "Garth cracks a Million - again". Country Weekly. December 8, 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  4. "Garth Brooks Boxed Set is Single Biggest Music Event in Wal-Mart History". Wal-Mart. November 29, 2005. Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2007-03-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brittany Hodak (14 July 2014). "Garth Brooks, Superfans, and Millennials: Why the World Will be Watching Garth's "Comeback""., Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2014.