Profile: Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is undoubtedly one of the most highly recognized country singers in the history of the genre. I was privileged enough to be exposed to Brooks’ music from a young age and have been raised with it as a result thanks to my parents. I believe Brooks’ music is timeless and there fails to be any other country musician that can compete with my love for Brooks.

Brooks’ first name is not actually Garth – it is Troyal, and his middle name is Garth. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 7th, 1962, and was the youngest of two siblings. Despite his tremendous success in regards to his music today, Brooks was not heavily involved with music as a child, and instead focused on athletics throughout his high school career. He played baseball, basketball and participated in track and field, earning a scholarship for track to Oklahoma State University. He graduated from OSU with an advertising degree though ultimately decided to pursue a music career in 1985.

George Strait’s debut single “Unwound” is what prompted Brooks to be a country singer, and his self-titled first album achieved momentous success. To this day, Brooks states that his favourite song from his first album is “The Dance”.

Brooks has been nominated for forty-nine Academy of Country Music Awards and has won twenty-three. The following chart comes from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Garth_Brooks) and it displays all of his nominations and victories:

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1989 Garth Brooks Top New Male Vocalist Won
If Tomorrow Never Comes Song of the Year – Artist
Song of the Year – Composer
Single of the Year
1990 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
The Dance Song of the Year
Video of the Year
No Fences Album of the Year
Friends in Low Places Single of the Year
Song of the Year Nominated
1991 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year Won
Male Vocalist of the Year
Ropin’ the Wind Album of the Year Nominated
No Fences
Shameless Single of the Year
The Thunder Rolls Video of the Year
1992 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year Won
Top Male Vocalist Nominated
Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy” (with Chris LeDoux) Top Vocal Duet
The Chase Album of the Year
1993 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year Won
We Shall Be Free Video of the Year
Garth Brooks Top Male Vocalist Nominated
Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up) Single of the Year
1994 Garth Brooks Jim Reeves Memorial Award Won
The Red Strokes Video of the Year
Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year Nominated
Top Male Vocalist
In Pieces Album of the Year
1995 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year
1996
The Change Video of the Year
1997 Garth Brooks Gene Weed Special Achievement Award Won
Entertainer of the Year
Sevens Album of the Year Nominated
1998 Garth Brooks Entertainer of the Year Won
Double Live Album of the Year Nominated
Burnin’ the Roadhouse Down (with Steve Wariner) Vocal Event of the Year
1999 Garth Brooks Artist of the Decade Won
2001 Entertainer of the Year Nominated
“Beer Run” (with George Jones) Vocal Event of the Year
2005 Garth Brooks 40th Anniversary Milestone Award Won
2007 Crystal Milestone Award
2010 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
2014 Milestone Award
2016 Entertainer of the Year Nominated

My favourite Garth Brooks songs, in no particular order, are “The River”, “Callin’ Baton Rouge”, “The Cowboy Song”, “Ain’t Going Down (‘Till the Sun Comes Up)”, “That Summer”, “Standin’ Outside the Fire” and “The Red Strokes”. If you have yet to experience Brooks’ music, please check it out. He is a phenomenal musician and performer, and his music truly set a precedent for classic country music.

 

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