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GARTH BROOKS INFO



BORN: FEBRUARY 7, 1962

BIRTHPLACE: TULSA, OKLAHOMA

GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBERSHIP: 1990

HIGH SCHOOL: YUKON HIGH. PLAYED FOUR SPORTS:FOOTBALL,
                           BASKETBALL, BASEBALL AND TRACK

COLLEGE: OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY IN STILLWATER HE WAS
                   AN ADVERTISING MAJOR, HE ATTENDED ON A PARTIAL
                   ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP(JAVLIN). GRADUATED
                   DECEMBER 1984



BIOGRAPHY:

     GARTH JUMP-STARTED THE WORLD OF COUNTRY MUSIC IN THE BEGINNING
OF THE DECADE, RAISING ITS WORLD WIDE VISIBILITY AND PRESTIGE TO AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL, AND GOING ON TO BECOME THE BIGGEST SELLING
SOLO ARTIST IN UNITED STATES HISTORY, WITH OVER 62 MILLION IN SALES.
GARTH'S ALSO THE FASTEST SELLING ARTIST IN RIAA HISTORY AND ONE
OF THE INDUSTRY'S MOST AWARDED.

     IN 1997, HE INFUSED NEW ENERGY INTO COUNTRY MUSIC WHEN HE
PLAYED TO THE LARGEST CROWD EVER TO ATTEND A CONCERT IN NEW
YORK'S CENTRAL PARK, A PERFORMANCE VIEWED BY AN ADDITIONAL
14.6 MILLION TELEVISION AUDIENCE. "AN INNUMERABLE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE
ARE TOUCHED BY GARTH'S LOVE TO MAKE MUSIC.  -GUSA"

     IT'S CLEARLY AN EXAMPLE OF HOW RECORDS SHOULD BE MADE, TOO,
WHERE SONGS AND PERFORMANCES ARE THE FIRST PRIORITY, AND TIME
FRAME IS A DISTANT SECOND, WHERE HURRIEDLY FINDING TEN SONGS AND
BOOKING STUDIO TIME IS NOT EVEN A CONSIDERATION. SEVENS WAS
RECORDED OVER MORE THAN A YEAR, GIVING GARTH TIME TO TEST THE
MATERIAL, TO ADD THE MUSICAL NUANCES THAT THESE TRACKS SO
UNIQUELY HIS, AND FIND THE SONGS SO REPRESENTATIVE OF GARTH'S
PERSONA. "THIS IS A VERY PERSONAL ALBUM," GARTH ADDS. "I ONLY WROTE
SIX OF THE SONGS, BUT THERE ARE MANY THAT ARE SO 'ME' THAT PEOPLE
I WORK WITH EVERY DAY THOUGHT I WROTE THEM," IN ADDITION TO THE PERSONAL NATURE OF THIS ALBUM, THERE IS AN EXCITING VARIETY TO SEVENS, A DIVERSITY THAT EXPRESSES A MYRIAD OF SOUNDS, EMOTIONS AND STORIES. THE SONGS RANGE FROM STONE COUNTRY HONKY TONKERS TO SHIMMERING BALLADS TO DARK REFLECTIONS TO LIGHTHEARTED BEACH-FLAVORED REVELRY. "THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW WHAT A PASSION GARTH HAS FOR HIS MUSIC -GUSA"

HISTORY:

THE COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR OF THE 90'S, TROYAL GARTH BROOKS, WAS BORN IN TULSA BUT WAS RAISED IN YUKON, ABOUT A 100 MILES AWAY FROM TULSA. COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYED A ROLE IN GARTH'S LIFE , BUT NOT A DOMINANT ONE, HIS FATHER  WORKED AS A DROUGHT MAN FOR AN OIL COMPANY. HIS MOTHER WAS A COUNTRY SINGER IN THE 50'S AND HAD REGULARLY APPEARED ON RED FOLEY'S OZARK JUBILEE RADIO AND TV SHOWS, AS WELL AS RECORDING FOR CAPITOL RECORDS. BY THE TIME GARTH WAS BORN, SHE HAD RETIRED FROM A PROFESSION AL CAREER
AND THE BROOKS' HOUSE REVERBERATED WITH AS MUCH ROCK AND PO MUSIC AS COUNTRY.

A RATHER KEEN SPORTSMAN, GARTH ENJOYED ALL FOUR SPORTS THAT HE PARTICIPATED IN, INCLUDING (AS MENTIONED BEFORE) JAVELIN, FOR WHICH HE RECEIVED A PARTIAL ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP TO "OSU" WITH NO PLANS
OF A PROFESSIONAL MUSIC CAREER, ALTHOUGH HE HAD SUNG AT YUKON HIGH SCHOOL. IT WASN'T UNTIL 1984 WHEN HE REALIZED THAT A SPORTS CAREER WASN'T FOR HIM, SO HE MAJORED IN ADVERTISING, TOOK SOME MARKETING CLASSES , AND STARTED TO TAKE MUSIC SERIOUSLY. AT OSU, HE BECAME BEST FRIENDS WITH HIS ROOMMATE TY ENGLAND, WHO LATER JOINED HIS BAND AND HAS SINCE MOVED ON TO A SOLO CAREER.

GARTH HAD BEEN PERFORMING IN BARS AND HONKEY-TONKS AROUND STILLWATER, MOST OFTEN AT WET WILLIE'S, FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. GARTH PLAYED SIX NIGHTS A WEEK, WITH A DIFFERENT SET AT EACH BAR. IN SUMMER OF 1985 HE LEFT FOR NASHVILLE AND A CAREER IN COUNTRY MUSIC AND RETURNED HOME FOUR DAYS LATER.
 
 
 
 



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FAMILY: MARRIED SANDY MAHL(FELLOW OSU STUDENT FROM OWASSO, OK) IN 1986; DAUGHTER TAYLOR MAYNE PEARL BORN JULY 8, 1992;  DAUGHTER AUGUST ANNA BORN MAY 3, 1994; DAUGHTER ALLIE COLLEEN BORN JULY 28, 1996. PARENTS: TROYAL RAYMOND BROOKS AND COLLEEN CARROLL BROOKS.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: GEORGE STRAIT, GEORGE JONES, JAMES TALOR,
KISS, DON MCLEAN, QUEEN, DAN FOGELBERG, MERLE HAGGARD, BOSTON,
KANSAS, JOURNEY AND BILLY JOEL.

RECORD PRODUCER: ALLEN RENOLDS

SIGNED: WITH CAPITAL RECORDS