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Garth Brooks Biography

GARTH BROOKS' entrance into the world of country music wasn't as easy as it looked. A four-sport schoolboy star growing up in Oklahoma, he earned a track and field scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a degree in advertising in 1985. At that point, he left behind his life as a jock, decided against entering the button-down world, and headed for Nashville to follow in the footsteps of his musical hero, George Strait. His first efforts at a career in country music met with total failure, however, and he was forced to take a variety of odd jobs, including one as a nightclub bouncer. One night, while breaking up a fight, Brooks met Sandy Mahr, an attractive brawler who became his wife in 1986. A year later, he took another shot at the country music scene. This time, while appearing in an amateur talent showcase as a last-minute replacement, he was spotted by a Capitol Records scout and signed to a recording contract.

Brooks co-wrote half the songs on his eponymous first album, a mega-hit that rose to No. 4 on the 1989 country charts. It happened that fast: he was a headlining act almost overnight. The husky singer's next album, 1990's No Fences, sold more than thirteen million copies on the strength of the hit singles "Friends in Low Places" and "The Thunder Rolls." The video for the latter song, featuring a controversial and frequently banned depiction of a battered wife driven to murder, is often shown by counselors in women's shelters. But it was Brooks' Grammy-winning third album, Ropin' the Wind, that set records. Seamlessly blending traditional country sentiments and the driving, emotional intensity of rock, it became the first LP in history to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's pop and country charts. All told, the broad crossover appeal of his first three albums allowed him to sell, according to People magazine, "more records with more velocity" than any other artist in country music history.

Brooks' next two albums, 1992's The Chase and 1993's In Pieces, while both multi-platinum hits, were much less successful than their predecessors. He coasted through 1995 on the success of his greatest-hits album, which spent most of the year high on the Billboard 200, and then capped off the year with the release of the modest winner Fresh Horses.

Garth Brooks Bio from Discogs

American country music artist, born: February 07, 1962 in Tulsa, United States.

Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011.

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