Garth Brooks

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Morgan Butler
MUS 1030
10 November 2012
Professor Sprinkle
Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is a known legend in country music. For years people have been listening to his music and loving his personality. Garth was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 7th, 1962 and now resides in a town outside of Tulsa called Owasso. Garth’s success led him to own homes in Malibu, California Port St. Lucia, Florida and Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Garth Brooks is the son of Troyal Brooks and Colleen Carroll. This each being their second marriage left Brooks with four older siblings, Jim Jerry Mike and Betsy. Troyal and Colleen had Garth and Garth’s full sister Kelly. Garth Brook’s mother, Colleen, was a country singer in the 1950’s and encouraged Garth and his siblings to pursue a career in music. Garth speaks frequently of his mother having family talent shows and pushing them to participate in them, this is how Garth learned how to play the banjo and guitar. However, even with his mother’s involvement in the musical world, Garth cared more about his athletics at the time. In high school Garth Brooks was active with his football baseball and track and field teams. This involvement led him to a track and field scholarship to the University of Oklahoma where he graduated in four years with a degree in advertising. Shortly after graduating college is when Garth decided to have his shot at the music industry. He started singing in small bars and clubs in Oklahoma without much luck. Garth then decided to take a chance and move to Nashville, Tennessee looking to pursue a record label. Garth Brooks lasted a total of twenty-three hours in the city before returning back to Oklahoma. He was disappointed with the way the industry worked and felt that he had no chance of making some thing of himself. He continued to play in Oklahoma clubs just hoping for a break. Around this time is when Garth married his first wife and college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl. A year after the couple wed Garth decided to give Nashville another shot, feeling that he was much more adept to handle what was to come this time around. Garth Brooks spent the next year trying to get in with anyone and everyone in the music industry he came in contact with. However, he still could not get any record label in town to sign him. In 1988, after Capitol Records had already turned him down, Brooks was seen by one of the record companies executives in a local bar in Nashville singing and finally he was discovered. The executive convinced Capitol Records to sign Garth Brooks not knowing that they had just signed a legend in the making. Garth went on the next year, 1989, to produce his first album that hit number two on the US country chart. His first single from this album titled, Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) was also a top ten country success. This album also contained the song that got him discovered, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance” which is said to be one of Garth’s favorite songs. After this album was cut is when Garth Brook’s career was starting to skyrocket. Nonetheless, Garth still maintained his small town country attitude and this is what people fell in love with. From the beginning he has stated that his mother gave him drive and determination to compete in the music industry. Garth Brooks is known not only for his music but also for his ability to depend on the Lord and to be down to earth even though he is known as one of the most influential people of country music. Family played an important role in Garth Brook’s career success. Throughout the fourteen years that Garth and his wife Sandy were married they birthed three beautiful girls, Taylor August and Allie. Garth is known to be very involved in the girls’ lives. In late 1999 though, Garth and Sandy announced that they were filing for divorce and it was later finalized in 2000. Shortly after the divorce, tabloids were covered with allegations of the divorce being...
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