The couple had two children together, Kelly and Garth. All of the children were required to participate, either by singing or doing skits. In high school, he played football and baseball and ran track and field.
He received a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater , where he competed in the javelin. Musical beginnings[ edit ] In , Brooks began his professional music career, singing and playing guitar in Oklahoma clubs and bars, most notably Wild Willie's Saloon in Stillwater. Although he listened to some country music , especially that of George Jones , Brooks was most fond of rock music, citing James Taylor , Dan Fogelberg , and Townes Van Zandt as major influences.
Phelps liked what he heard and offered to produce Brooks' first demo. With Phelps' encouragement, including a list of Phelps' contacts in Nashville and some of his credit cards, Brooks traveled to Nashville to pursue a recording contract; he returned to Oklahoma within 24 hours. In , Brooks and wife Sandy Mahl moved to Nashville, and Brooks began making contacts in the music industry. Breakthrough success[ edit ] Garth Brooks' eponymous first album was released in and was a chart success.
It peaked at No. Most of the album was traditionalist country, influenced in part by George Strait. Brooks has later claimed that out of all the songs he has recorded, "The Dance" remains his favorite. Brooks' second album, No Fences , was released in and spent 23 weeks at No. A sample of Brooks' song, Friends in Low Places. Problems playing this file? In his live shows, Brooks used a wireless headset microphone to free himself to run about the stage, adding energy and arena rock theatrics to spice up the normally staid country music approach to concerts.
The band Kiss was also one of Brooks' early musical influences, and his shows often reflect this. Despite all the cited influences, Brooks stated the energetic style of his stage persona is directly inspired by Chris LeDoux. It had advance orders of 4 million copies and entered the Billboard at No.
It would become Brooks' second-best selling album, after No Fences. The success of Ropin' the Wind further propelled the sales of Brooks' first two albums, enabling Brooks to become the first country artist with three albums listed in the Billboard 's top 20 in one week. The album only reached No. The album's final single, " That Summer ", would go on to be the most successful single from the album, reaching No. In Pieces and first world tour[ edit ] Further information: The Garth Brooks World Tour —94 In , Brooks, who had criticized music stores selling used CDs since it led to a loss in proper royalty payments , persuaded Capitol Records to not ship his album, In Pieces , to stores which engaged in this practice.
This led to several anti-trust lawsuits against the record label, ending with Capitol shipping the albums to the stores anyway. After a delay in its worldwide release, the album also peaked at No. Brooks' first world tour began in , reaching the UK after many domestic concerts. Brooks sold out venues such as Birmingham 's National Exhibition Centre and London 's Wembley Arena , a feat never accomplished by an American country music artist.
He also began the London radio station, Country Despite the disdain of the British media, Brooks' overall popularity in the country was evident, with a top disc jockey , Nick Barraclough , referring to Brooks as Garth Vader a play on Darth Vader for his "invasion" of the charts and his success in the country genre.
Unlike Alan Jackson , who refused to return to the UK after being treated in a similar negative manner by the press, Brooks would later return in for more performances. Classic Kiss Regrooved , a collection of songs performed by popular artists from various genres.
More albums released and second world tour[ edit ] Further information: Within six months of its release, the album had sold over three million copies. Despite its promising start, Fresh Horses plateaued quickly, topping out at quadruple platinum. However, Brooks had three additional top 10 singles from the album, including " The Beaches of Cheyenne ", which reached No.
Its total attendance, approximately 5. The album was originally scheduled to be released in August , allowing for promotion during Brooks' Central Park concert ; however, plans went awry after a dispute within Capitol Records.
It later became Brooks' fourth album to reach a sales of 10 million copies. Brooks' first live album , Double Live was released in Each of the reissued albums included a bonus track not available on the original release. Chris Gaines In , Brooks took on the alter ego of " Chris Gaines ", a fictitious rock and roll musician and character for an upcoming film, The Lamb. In October , the films pre-release soundtrack, Garth Brooks in Brooks also appeared as Gaines in a television mockumentary for the VH1 series Behind the Music , and as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live , which he also hosted as himself.
Brooks' promotion of the album and the film did not promote excitement and the failure of the Gaines project evident mere weeks after the album was released. The majority of the American public was either bewildered, or completely unreceptive to the idea of Brooks portraying a rock and roll musician.
The album peaked at No. Scarecrow and retirement[ edit ] As his career flourished, Brooks seemed frustrated by the conflicts between career and family. He first talked of retiring from performing in , and again in , but each time returned to touring. The album did not match the sales levels of Brooks' heyday, but still sold well, reaching No. Although he staged a few performances for promotional purposes, Brooks stated that he would be retired from recording and performing at least until his youngest daughter finished high school.
Compilation albums and special performances[ edit ] In , Brooks expressed his interest in returning to live performances; however, he remained adamant to the premise of not releasing new music until Despite this, later that year, Brooks signed a deal with Walmart , leasing them the rights to his entire catalog following his split with Capitol Records.
The box set sold more than , physical copies on its issue date. By the first week in December , it had sold over 1 million physical copies. The new set featured two discs containing 30 classic songs, three new songs, and a DVD featuring music videos. The album's first single, " More Than a Memory ", was released on August 27, It debuted at No. Live in Kansas City , performing nine sold-out concerts in Kansas City at the Sprint Center , which had opened a month prior.
Originally scheduled to be only one show, the performance expanded to nine due to incredibly high demand, with all nine shows equaling about , tickets selling out in under two hours. In January , Brooks embarked on another incredible feat performing 5 sold out shows in less than 48 hours at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a fundraiser towards the wildfires season that impacted much of Southern California's cities and counties. The first concert of the 5 titled Garth Brooks: Live in LA was taped and broadcast repeatedly on CBS with all donations going to all of the victims and families in state of California who were impacted by the fires.
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