domingo, 9 de diciembre de 2007

Garth Brooks: Biography

When it comes to defining an artist by the number of records they have sold, Garth Brooks is probably the most successful country music star to ever hit the stage. The singer and songwriter has had hit records in the country charts and the mainstream charts too, appealing to a mass audience. Born and raised in Oklahoma, his mother was country singer Colleen Carroll, and she gave birth to Garth in 1962. Garth sang in his local area and was given a record contract in 1988. His first album was released a year later and was a hit. The follow-up was successful too and Garth’s career was secured.

Different musical influences have been cited by Brooks, including George Strait, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Dan Fogelberg, and Bruce Springsteen. Garth’s third album got to the top spot on the pop album charts, a first for a country music act. With his trademark wireless headset, Garth was an international star injecting a contemporary feel to his concerts and recordings. The hit records continued through the 1990s. In 1997, Garth presented a free concert in New York’s Central Park with Billy Joel and Don McLean as guest performers.

Well known for his charity work and fundraising, Garth Brooks made a single in 1991 with other country artists to raise money for allied troops in the Gulf War. The other singers involved were Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, and Kathy Mattea. He also took part in Equality Rocks, a Gay Rights benefit concert where he sang a duet with George Michael.

In 2000, Garth Brooks announced his retirement from concerts and making records. This was a big shock to his fans, but he explained that he wanted to spend more time with his three children and may return in 2015, when the kids are all grown. His last original album came out in the following year.

Garth Brooks was divorced from his first wife in 2001 and re-married in 2005. His second wife is fellow country singer Trisha Yearwood. Garth came out of retirement temporarily in 2005 when he and his wife performed a song by John Fogerty on a telethon to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He also issued a new single, "Good Ride Cowboy," as a tribute to his late friend, the country singer and rodeo rider Chris Ledoux. Garth also took part in celebrations for the 80th year of the Grand Ole Opry, performing with Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Porter Wagoner, and Little Jimmy Dickens.

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