Garth Brooks

Singer, Songwriter, Actor
A talented and charismatic artist who helped to break barriers between pop and country music, Garth Brooks became one of the biggest recording artists of all time. Brooks made his mark in the music industry with his ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (128)

Austin City Limits 1974 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2014 American Music Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Teachers Rock 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

All Together Now: A Celebration of Service 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

Last Play at Shea 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Habitat for Humanity 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Storytellers 1996 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 35th Annual CMA Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Grand Ole Opry 75th -- A Celebration 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Greatest TV Moments: Sesame Street Music A-Z 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Dole 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Don McLean: Starry, Starry Night 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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GQ's Men of the Year Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks in... the Life of Chris Gaines 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Trisha Yearwood 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 72nd Annual Academy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The WB Radio Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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CMT All Access: Steve Wariner and Friends 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks: Double Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Opry Backstage 1990 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 ESPY Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Music of Hope Floats 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Prime Time Country Celebrates 15 Years of TNN 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Garth Live From Central Park 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks: Tryin' to Rope the World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Muppets Tonight 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Sounds of Summer Preview '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Garth Brooks/The Hits 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 1995 World Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (09/20/94) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Empty Nest 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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Garth Brooks Talking With David Frost 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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In a New Light '93 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Mad About You 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

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One on One With Magic Johnson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1993 Billboard Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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This Is Garth Brooks, Too! 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Kenny Rogers: Keep Christmas With You 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Super Bowl Live 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1992 Billboard Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 28th Academy of Country Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Academy of Country Music's Greatest Hits 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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A Celebration of Eddy Arnold 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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American Bandstand 40th Anniversary Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Entertainers '91: The Top 20 of the Year 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 1991 Billboard Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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This Is Garth Brooks 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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25th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Children's Miracle Network Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Music City News Country Songwriters Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Sea World Star-Spangled Summer 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The American Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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24th Annual Music City News Country Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Nashville Beat (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

Frequency 2000 (Movie)

("When You Come Back to Me") (Song Performer)

Frequency 2000 (Movie)

(Song)

Garth Brooks: Double Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Garth Brooks: Double Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song

Wild West 1993 (Movie)

("The River") (Song)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer
Producer (2)

Call Me Claus (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Unanswered Prayers (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A talented and charismatic artist who helped to break barriers between pop and country music, Garth Brooks became one of the biggest recording artists of all time. Brooks made his mark in the music industry with his self-titled debut album (1989) that spawned the hit singles "The Dance" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes." His folk-rock inspired tunes - blending influences from Merle Haggard to James Taylor - and remarkably energetic live performances set Brooks apart from other country artists at the time. His phenomenally successful sophomore release No Fences (1990) included Brooks' trademark anthem "Friends in Low Places," while his third album Ropin' the Wind (1991) put him in the history books as the first country artist to land at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 and Country Album charts. Brooks hit a minor creative bump with the critically panned concept album Garth Brooks in the life of Chris Gaines (1999) where the singer took on a rock alter ego. Amidst his meteoric rise to fame, countless awards, and a secret affair (and eventual marriage) with country singer Trisha Yearwood, Brooks proclaimed family as his top priority and announced his retirement at the peak of his career. He made his triumphant return to music in 2009 with a series of concerts at the Encore resort in Las Vegas, where Brooks performed a cavalcade of hits that confirmed him as a definitive and iconic figure in country music. His 2014 comeback album Man Against Machine was a critical and commercial success, reasserting his stature as one of country music's all-time greats.

Relationships

Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks

Daughter
born on July 8, 1992

Jerry Brooks

Half-Brother

Jim Brooks

Half-Brother

Mike Brooks

Half-Brother

Troyal Brooks

Father

Colleen Brooks

Mother
retired to raise her children born on July 10, 1929 died on August 6, 1999 after a long battle with cancer

Allie Brooks

Daughter
born on July 28, 1996

August Brooks

Daughter
born on May 3, 1994

Kelly Brooks

Brother
works as Brooks' tour manager

Betsy Brooks

Half-Sister
former guitarist with Brooks' band Stillwater

Sandy Mahl

Wife
married in 1986 the two met when Brooks, then a bouncer, broke up a fight between Mahl and another woman reportedly have had a turbulent marriage separated in March 1999 Brooks filed for divorce in November 2000, citing irreconcilable differences divorce finalized in December 2001

Trisha Yearwood Actor

Wife
met in the late 1980s when Trisha was an opening act on his tour began dating in 2000 after Garth's divorce was final engaged May 2005 married December 10, 2005 in a very small, private wedding at their home in Oklahoma

EDUCATION

Yukon High School

Yukon , Oklahoma 1980

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater , Oklahoma 1984
attended on a partial athletic scholarship for his achievement in javelin events

Milestones

2014

Releases comeback album Man Against Machine via his own online digital distribution company GhostTunes

2004

Comes out of retirement with a five-year contract to perform at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

2001

Hosted three live variety specials that aired on CBS under the catch-all title "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live"

2000

Plans for a Graceland-like museum/home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee were shot down by the city council

2000

Wrote and performed "When You Come Back to Me", the theme from the time travel tearjerker "Frequency"; earned Golden Globe nomination

2000

In October, two weeks after announcing his impending divorce, announced plans to enter semi-retirement, slated to possibly release two albums in 2001 but choosing not to tour in support of any releases until his children are grown

1999

Received Artist of the Decade as well as Artist of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music

1999

Premiered his alt-rock alter ego Chris Gaines (his character in the as-yet unproduced feature "The Lamb") with the album "The Life of Chris Gaines"

1998

Released "Garth Brooks: The Limited Series", a box set of his first 6 CDs and "Double Live", an aptly titled live double album

1998

Was host of and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (January)

1997

Released "Sevens", featuring the hit single "To Make You Feel My Love" from the soundtrack of the romance "Hope Floats"

1997

Headlined HBO special "Garth -- Live From Central Park"

1996

Featured in the VH-1 special "Garth Brook: Storytellers"

1995

Starred in third NBC special "The Hits"

1995

Seventh studio album "Fresh Horses" released to multiplatinum chart-topping sales

1993

In protest of the marketing of used CDs and its subsequent drain on the purchase of new albums, threatened to pull his releases from any retailers that sold pre-owned recordings

1993

Sold out three shows at Dallas' Texas Stadium in a record-breaking 92 minutes; filmed second special "This Is Garth Brooks Too!" (NBC)

1993

Released the album "In Pieces", his third (and the third ever) album to debut at #1 on both Billboard's pop and country charts

1992

"The Chase", his fifth album is released, hitting #1 on Billboard's pop and country album charts; graces the covers of Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Saturday Evening Post and Forbes

1992

Released "Beyond the Season", a holiday album with proceeds going to Feed the Children

1992

Named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association

1991

Headlined the NBC variety special "This Is Garth Brooks"

1991

Hit album "Ropin' the Wind" debuted at #1 on both the country and pop charts; the hit-filled album scored numerous Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboand Music Awards, American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards as well as a Gram

1990

Followed up success with the multiplatinum "No Fences", spawning the hit singles "Friends in Low Places" and "The Thunder Rolls"

1989

Released his self-titled debut album, featuring the melancholic hit single "The Dance"; album went on to become a multiplatinum seller, and the most successful country album of the 1980s

1987

Signed a songwriter's contract for publishing purposes; hooked up with manager Bob Doyle

Bonus Trivia

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Garth Brooks on his appeal to a varied and extensive audience: "I am just a mirror of them. Maybe they see themselves in me and say, 'Hey, you don't have to be this ungodly person to make your mark on life. You just got to be yourself.'" --quoted in the Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1992.

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Brooks on writing a song about the Los Angeles riots, displaying a more inclusive mindset than one stereotypically attributes to country musicians from middle America: "Tolerance is an important issue to me. Just like we might today ask our grandparents how anyone could have ever judged a man by his skin, our grandkids will say, 'How could anyone ever think someone's sexual preference affected how their mind works?" --to the Los Angeles Times, June 28, 1992.

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"I've got a problem with three guys--George Strait, George Jones and [James] Taylor. I was asked to host the Academy of Country Music Awards this year with Strait and Jones, but I had to say no. I can't be around those guys. It kills me. I don't know what it is. I guess I never left the fan thing behind. When I get around those guys, I get sloppy. My eyes water up and I say stupid things. I sure love them, but I just like to watch from a distance." --Brooks on still being a fan although he is a superstar, quoted in the Boston Globe, December 13, 1996.

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Brooks on connecting with an audience in his live performances: "When I went to concerts, my whole thing was, for one second, that the artist--that Freddie Mercury of Queen--would look me in the eye. What's cool is when you stand up here now, and you're on this side of it, all you want to do is find one second with each person to tell them what they've done for you." --to the Minnesota Star Tribune, October 6, 1998.

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Garth Brooks on the announcement of his retirement: "[M]aking music always does excite me, but I don't know if as a songwriter I have it in me. As an artist, has the [country] format passed me by? Has my age taken me to a place where I can't compete? All these things are questions that I have wrestled with this whole year ... I don't want this to be called my last album or the farewell album--that's not my bag. If we can come up with songs that feel comparable to the other seven studio albums, then we might [put out another album]." --in an October 7, 2000 interview with Billboard Magazine.

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