Garth Brooks is a name that has great resonance among lovers of country music. With nearly 200 million records sold worldwide, Garth Brooks is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He has won an endless list of awards, including 2 Grammys and 17 American Music Awards. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Follow us as we guide you through the highlights of his enviable career and facts about his private life.
Garth Brooks Wiki/Bio
Born on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa Oklahoma, a young Brooks developed a passion for music and began to learn the guitar. At school, Brooks was very athletic, playing on the baseball and soccer teams and on the career track. Long after his career began, Brooks took time off to play professional baseball, which he probably would have done full-time if the music didn’t work out. He had short stints with the San Diego Padres, the New York Mets, and the Kansas City Royals.
Despite his great commitment to extracurricular activities, Brooks received a scholarship to study at Oklahoma State University. By combining music and academics, Brooks managed to graduate with a degree in advertising. Brooks began his professional music career in 1984. In his early days, he sang in clubs and bars and was especially known for playing in Wild Willie’s Saloon.
It took four years before the big labels called. In 1989 Brooks signed a record deal with Capitol Records and released his self-titled debut album in the same year. It peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Top Country albums and continued with the release of the hit single “If Tomorrow Never Comes”.
Brooks continued to surprise them with his subsequent albums. His second album No Fences is his best-selling album to date, with at least 17 million copies sold. His hit song of the album was The Dance, which became his trademark.
And then came 1991 and Garth Brooks broke records in the music world when his album Ropin’ the Wind became the first country album ever to top the coveted Billboard 200 list. His fame shot over the roof, and Brooks did well to capitalize on it and went on his first world tour. The success of the tour inspired the second tour, which brought in at least 105 million dollars.
Brooks proved that his first Billboard No 1 album was no coincidence when his three subsequent albums did the same. His album Double Live (1998) is still the best-selling live album of all time. Brooks took a rather long break from 2000 to 2009, but when he came back he showed that he still had it in him. He released “Man Against Machine” in 2014 and continues to make new music on his world tours.
Garth Brooks Mom
Garth Brooks received his singing DNA from his mother Colleen Carol, who in her heyday was also a force to be reckoned with. Brooks was very fond of her and often spoke about her. Unfortunately, Carol died in August 1999 after losing her battle with throat cancer. Despite her death, Brooks never stopped talking about his mother. There is not a single Mother’s Day when Brooks does not pay homage to her. The most indelible would be the one in 2015 when he showed his mother a video clip with photos he had taken with her in the past. RIP Colleen Carol, the world appreciates you for giving birth and nurturing a star.
Family: Wife, Divorce, Children
Garth Brooks was married twice in his life. His first marriage was on May 24, 1986, with his college sweetheart Sandy Mahl. Their marriage produced three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (born 1994), and Allie Colleen Brooks (born 1996).
Unfortunately, their marriage turned sour when they separated in 1999. In 2001 they filed for divorce, which was finalized on December 17, 2001. According to reports, Brooks paid about 124 million dollars in the divorce settlement. The divorce took its toll on Garth’s career when he took early retirement in 2000.
Several years passed, and Brooks found love again, this time in the eyes of his country singer Trisha Yearwood. They began to date, and Yearwood also took a break from her career. Brooks asked her the question on May 25, 2005, in Bakersfield, California, in front of 7,000 fans. She said yes! and they were married on December 10, 2005, Yearwood’s third marriage, having previously been married to musician Chris Latham (1987 – 1991) and the Mavericks’ bass guitarist, Robert “Bobby” Reynolds (1994 – 1999).
Net Worth, House
Garth Brooks is loaded! His net worth is over $300 million. After returning from this extended retirement, Garth Brooks has made even more money than in his early years. Since then, he has been regularly on the Forbes list of eight-digit numbers in banking within 12 months.
In 2014/2015 he earned $90 million and in 2016 $70 million, making him the highest-paid country singer of the year. Like most music stars, most of Garth’s income comes from touring and his” could not be more successful. His comeback tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood is the biggest contribution to his fat paychecks. Brooks plays several arena shows on the same day… all that energy!
A man like Garth Brooks has everything you need to live in the house of your dreams. Over the years, the world has watched him buy and trade real estate In 2008 he bought a house in Malibu for $4 million and after living in it for years, he listed it in 2016 for $7.5 million. According to Variety, the buyer was Internet entrepreneur Adam Bernhard. Prior to this sale, Brooks put up his 14,089 square foot, French-style Oklahoma country house for sale in 2014 for $3.5 million.
Brooks’ other properties include an 18,000-square-foot mansion located on approximately 2,000 acres of land near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Another property is a 300-acre property in Nashville and beyond.