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Garth Brooks: A Look at One of Country Music’s Biggest Stars
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Garth Brooks has broken records of every genre throughout his career. At over 156 certified units sold, he is the highest-selling solo artist in US history (that’s more than Elvis!) and the first artist to ever receive eight Diamond Awards from the RIAA (that’s more than The Beatles!). His live performances and world tours have also broken attendance and sales records globally.
How did a country music artist break so many records and appeal to such a diverse audience?
How Garth Brooks Stood Out From the Crowd
Garth is an innovator who integrates rock and pop styles into traditional country melodies to create a unique brand of country music. In addition, his concerts are a spectacle that changed the face of the country music live performance. They include pyrotechnics and a high-energy performance that resembles that of a hard rock show.
However, he certainly didn’t start out playing for football stadiums filled to capacity.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1962, Garth came from humble beginnings. His family had a tradition of hosting their own weekly talent shows. He learned to play the guitar and banjo for their in-home shows and eventually took that talent to the bar and club scene around Stillwater, Oklahoma. He originally played a variety of musical styles before setting his sights on country music.
Getting to the Top
An entertainment attorney from Dallas drove to Stillwater to hear him play and immediately agreed to help Brooks record a demo and send him to Nashville in search of a recording contract. Shortly thereafter, Garth released his debut self-titled album and the rest is history.
His second album, No Fences, remained at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart for 23 weeks and netted him four Country Music Awards that year. The album made him an international star and opened up the opportunity for multiple world tours in the coming years. He went on to release 11 more albums to date and shows no signs of slowing down.
He released his latest single Dive Bar with country music artist Blake Shelton in 2020. The single made it on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, which made Garth the first artist to do so in every decade from the 80s to the 2020s (today). Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, any music fan should be familiar with the talent and music of Garth Brooks.
Here’s Garth Brooks performing live on The Ellen Show: