Country singer Garth Brooks was born Troyal Garth Brooks on February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Brooks got his start in music singing in bars and clubs while attending Oklahoma State University. In 1987, he moved to Nashville for the second time—his first attempt was unsuccessful—with his wife, Sandy, to try to make it in country music. With help from music manager Bob Doyle, Brooks eventually signed to Capitol Records. His early hitsinclude “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance.
” Both parents had children by former spouses; Brooks was the younger of two they had together. He learned to play guitar and sing with his mother and joined a band during high school. His primary interest was sports, though, and he attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship. Only after graduating did Brooks devote himself to music. He briefly moved to Nashville in 1985 but found little luck there. After moving back to Oklahoma, marrying, and saving some money, he decided to give Nashville another try.
|Date of Birth
|February 7, 1962
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In 2000, Brooks and his high school sweetheart and wife of 14 years, Sandy, divorced. Shortly thereafter the singer announced his retirement from the music industry. His final album, Scarecrow, topped the country and pop charts, yielding the Number Five country hit “Wrapped up in You.”
After performing a few promotional shows for the album, he vowed not to record or perform again until the youngest of his three daughters turned eighteen. Brooks soon began publicly dating country singer Trisha Yearwood and on December 10, 2005, the two were married at their home in Oklahoma. Having left Capitol Records, Brooks signed a deal with Wal-Mart that year, giving the retail chain exclusive rights to release his back catalog.
|Family Name / Cast
|Troyal Raymond Brooks
|Jim Smittle, Kelly Brooks, Jerry Smittle Mike Brooks
|Husband or Wife Name
|Sandy Mahl, Trisha Yearwood
|August Anna Brooks, Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, Allie Colleen Brooks
“I remember in the ’80s, Randy Travis was my guy. He’s the reason I moved to Nashville, and I just loved him. But at some point when he was winning everything, you find yourself pulling for other people”.