Troyal Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, at Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. He is an American singer and songwriter. He became immensely popular in the United States through his efforts to integrate rock and roll elements into the country music genre. He had achieved great success in the country single and album charts, record-breaking live performances, multi-platinum recordings and he is a renowned artist in the pop arena.
During his childhood, Brooks was more into athletics than music but all thanks to his genes as he was good at music at the start itself. His mother was a country singer of Irish who recorded on the Capitol Records Label. Brooks learned to play the banjo and guitar. He began his professional music career by singing and playing guitar in Oklahoma clubs and bars, and later by listening to music, he decided that he was more interested in country music. Brooks’ first album 'Garth Brooks' was under his name and got released in the year 1989. It was a chart success which was listed at No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and 13th on the Billboard 200 chart. Singles like ‘Much too young’, ‘If tomorrow never comes’, ‘Not counting you’ and ‘The Dance’ were all chart-busters, of which ‘The Dance’ remains Brooks’ favorite.
Brooks embarked on his first ever major music concert tour with an opening act for Kenny Rogers. His second album 'No Fences' was at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and also became the highest-selling album ever in Brooks’ career. Whatever songs were released by Brooks, they just became chartbusters. He released his 3rd album, 'Ropin’ the Wind', which had advance orders of 4 million copies. Every milestone made in Brooks’ career made him the first country artist with 3 albums placed in the Billboard 200’s top 20 in one week. He later released his first Christmas album, ‘Beyond the Season’ which included classics such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’. It too featured in Billboard 200 chart. ‘The Red Strokes’ became Brooks’ first single to make it to the UK Singles Chart. His album ‘Fresh Horses’ topped out at quadruple platinum and its lead single ‘She’s every woman’ was again at #1. Brooks’ first live album, 'Double Live' was recorded at various shows of his second world tour went on to achieve the best-selling live album of all time status and certified with a 21x Platinum and is the 7th most shipped album in the United States’ music history.
In the year 1999, Brooks took an alter ego of a legendary rock and roll musician ‘Chris Gaines’. It was a character to an upcoming film. He also made into television as the same character with shows like Behind the Music and Saturday Night Live. But these shows weren’t that successful, and he also was publically criticized with his new role. Brooks at that time released ‘Lost in You’ which was a rock and roll genre, even though a lot of people found it unacceptable, Brooks still gained his first and only Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This album was later certified a Double Platinum by RIAA.
Brooks retired from recording and performing from 2001 to 2009. Within this tenure, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive deal with Walmart. In 2014, Brooks began his comeback tour with a world tour and his most recent album Gunslinger was released in November 2016.
Brooks is the best-selling solo album artist in the US, according to RIAA, with 148 million domestic units sold, and well ahead of Elvis Presley. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time having sold more than 160 million records. He is the only artist in history as of September 23, 2016, to have released seven albums which achieved diamond status in the United States. And since 1989, he has 21 records in all which includes 1 live album, 12 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, 3 Christmas albums, and 4 box sets along with 77 singles. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
To his success, he has won 2 Grammys, 17 AMA’s and RIAA Awards for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the United States.