Garth Brooks is the most commercially successful artist in country music history and a man who changed the Nashville sound as much as any who came before or after him. The singer made country cool on a national level with shows that were as alive and rowdy as rock concerts. An Oklahoma native, Brooks broke through with his self-titled debut in 1989 and dominated the genre for the next 10-plus years before stepping away to focus on being a father instead of an entertainer. He sold over 100 million albums and numerous Entertainer of the Year awards. He was also named as the artist of the decade for the ’90s. After a quiet few years with wife Trisha Yearwood, the star began his return to the spotlight with a tour in 2014.
Birthday: February 7, 1962
Top Songs: 'Friends in Low Places,' 'The Dance,' 'Rodeo'
Family: Wife Trisha Yearwood, daughters Taylor (1992), August (1994) and Allie (1996)
Fans of Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban may feel snubbed by the lack of CMA love shown during Wednesday morning’s nominations announcement, but the missing nods are explainable, if not appropriate.
A royalty dispute has put a planned all-star remake of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” on hold. In addition, plans for a silver anniversary reissue of No Fences have been shelved, at least temporarily.
Garth Brooks scored one of the biggest hits of his career with "Friends in Low Places," and he's reportedly marking the song's silver anniversary by releasing a new version featuring an all-star roster.
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