Troyal Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962 in Yukon, Oklahoma. In high school, he was on the football, track and baseball teams and attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a track scholarship as a javelin thrower. He graduated in 1984 with a degree in advertising. Garth started his music career playing bars around Oklahoma and, after a failed attempt in 1985 to secure a record contract in Nashville, he returned to Oklahoma to pursue his MBA in marketing at OSU and get married, fathering three daughters Taylor Mayne Pearl (born in 1992), August Anna (1994) and Allie Colleen (1996.) After he got his family started, Garth moved, once again, to Nashville to try to kick start his professional singing career. He released his self-titled debut album in 1989, which hit number two on the country charts thanks to the success of the number one singles 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'The Dance.' His 1990 follow-up, No Fences, delivered Garth's signature song, 'Friends in Low Places' and the dramatic ballad 'The Thunder Rolls.' As Garth continued to release albums, his mantle began to fill up with awards. He won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1992 for his third album Ropin' the Wind. He was awarded the Academy of Country Music award for Entertainer of the Year in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993, and the award for Top Male Vocalist for 1990 and 1991. After a few more successful albums, Garth wanted to take his career in a new direction and Chris Gaines was born. In 1999, Garth started to develop a film about a conflicted rocker called The Lamb, and to try and generate buzz for the project, released the 'pre-soundtrack' Garth Brooks in...The Life of Chris Gaines. The album had moderate sales and the film was eventually shelved, but the album did give Garth his first top 40 pop hit with the album's lead single 'Lost in You.' After announcing his divorce in 2000, he also stated he was retiring from recording and performing, with his last album, Scarecrow, released in 2001. Following Garth's divorce, he began dating longtime friend and collaborator Trisha Yearwood and the couple wed on December 10, 2005 at their home in Oklahoma. In 2007, Garth made a comeback of sorts, released a greatest hits boxed set, The Ultimate Hits, containing three new songs and performed nine sold-out shows in Kansas City.
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