GARTH BROOKS FACTS:
Genre: Country Music
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Awards: 2 Grammy Awards, 11 CMA Awards, 16 American Music Awards
Albums: Garth Brooks (1989); No Fences (1990); Ropin' the Wind (1991); The Chase (1992); In Pieces (1993); Fresh Horses (1995); Sevens (1997); Garth Brooks...In the Life of Chris Gaines (1999); Scarecrow (2001);
Hits: "If Tomorrow Never Comes," "The Dance," "Friends in Low Places," "Unanswered Prayers," "The Thunder Rolls," "Shameless," "What She's Doing Now," "The River," "Somewhere Other Than the Night," "That Summer," "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)," "American Honky-Tonk Bar Association," "Standing Outside the Fire," "The Beaches of Cheyenne," "Longneck Bottle," "Two Piña Coladas," "To Make You Feel My Love," "More Than a Memory"
Other: Garth is married to fellow country artist Trisha Yearwood.
In the world of country music there are few stars more beloved than Garth Brooks. Over the last 20 years, he has emerged as not only one of the most famous acts in country circles, but in all of music. With a consistent string of hits, Brooks has managed to become the best selling solo artist of all time, and is currently only behind The Beatles in terms of record sales. At 48, and fresh off announcing the end to his retirement, Brooks will likely be around for years to come.
Garth Brooks got his start in the late 1980s when he began to make waves in the music scene in Nashville, and he released his self-titled debut soon after in 1989. The album was an immediate success, not just on country charts, but in mainstream sales as well. Thanks to the songs "Much Too Young (To Feel This Dam Old)" and his first number one single "If Tomorrow Never Comes," the album peaked at number two on country charts and reached number 13 on the Billboard 200.
Though is debut was popular, it paled in comparison to his follow up, 1990's No Fences. The record eventually spent an astounding 23 weeks at number one on the country charts, and reached number three on the pop charts. It remains one of the most iconic country albums of all time, and includes some of Brooks' most famous songs, including "Friends in Low Places," "Thunder Rolls" and "Unanswered Prayers," all of which reached number one on country charts.
His third album, Ropin' the Wind, debuted at number one on pop charts, which was the first country album ever to do so. Two years later, Garth released his fourth album, 1993's In Pieces, to a similar response - it entered both charts in the top spot. Much like his previous releases, the record contained a long list of songs that still earn considerable radio play today, such as "Calling Baton Rouge," "Standing Outside the Fire," and "Ain't Goin' Down (Till the Sun Comes Up)."
While he continued to be successful throughout the rest of the '90s, in 2001 Brooks announced his retirement from the music industry. However, that did not stop him from making occasional forays back into the spotlight, and in 2009 he officially told fans that he was coming out of retirement and performed in Las Vegas several times throughout 2010.