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)
When Sony CEO Gary Overton stepped aside this week it shocked the country music industry, and some of the label's artists. Garth Brooks says he got the news long after it was made public, and hasn’t yet reached out to his former boss.
Country music is a very supportive genre, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few artists who just can't get along. Sometimes it's professional, sometimes it's personal. For country's most well-known feudsters, it was both.
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