Brooks was born February 7, 1962, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His mother had been a singer before marrying his father, a working-class draftsman. 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. His persistence paid off when a Capitol Records talent scout spotted the singer in a club and signed him. In performances, Brooks’ high-energy stage show reflects his admiration for theatrical rock bands such as Queen and Kiss.
Having sold more than one hundred million albums since 1989, Brooks has easily outdistanced his competition, becoming the best-selling solo artist in history. By 1992, Brooks was a household name, and he represented a new breed of straight-talking country music heroes, defending homosexuals in song (“We Shall Be Free,” from 1992’s The Chase) and talking to Barbara Walters on national television about his marital infidelity.
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In 2009, Brooks accepted a three-year stint for a string of performances at the Wynn Las Vegas. The intimate performances given by Brooks—his set only featured Brooks and his guitar, as he shared personal life experiences and the importance of his family—resonated with audiences and proved to be a huge success for the artist. The country star played sold-out shows throughout the entirety of his residency. For the final show on November 29, 2013, Brooks partnered up with CBS for a live broadcast event. The TV special received 9.33 million viewers and claimed the No. 1 spot in the ratings for the night. Not long after his final Vegas performance, Brooks announced that he’d be returning to the Wynn on January 3-4, 2013, with his band. The set, titled Garth Brooks: The Man, His Band and His Music, quickly sold out.
“I wouldn’t trade a thing. Even the troubles that I had. I have become the husband and mate to my wife that I have because of what I went through, including the bad times. I wouldn’t trade that”.