Brooks, Garth

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Name
Brooks, Garth Gender: M
Troyal Garth Brooks
born on 7 February 1962 at 13:07 (= 1:07 PM )
Place Tulsa, Oklahoma, 36n09, 96w0
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°32' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 27°42 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 17°11'



Garth Brooks
photo: Steve Jurvetson - edited by CPacker, license cc-by-2.0

Biography

American country-western musician considered the most-loved and best-paid in history. Beginning with his No. 1 hit in 1989, "If Tomorrow Never Comes," to 1998 his multimillion-dollar career portfolio includes 15 No.1 hits, 67 million albums sold, a touring company, film and video production, publishing and merchandising paraphernalia. In April 1991 he won six Academy of Country Music Awards including Entertainer of the Year.

His mom, Colleen, was an aspiring country star in the '50s who gave up her career when she met and married his dad, Troyal, who worked as a draftsman for 33 years. With five siblings, three from his mom's previous marriage, he grew up in the small farming town of Yukon, OK. All the kids excelled. One sister, Betsy Smittle, played guitar, singing and winning talent shows. She later became his bass player. (In 1993 he outed her as a lesbian without her permission.) Garth's main love was sports and in high school he was a four-letter man. He attended Oklahoma State University on an athletic scholarship where he majored in advertising and marketing.

After graduating he went on to pursue his first interest, music, becoming a professional musician in 1985. After his first No.1 hit, by the early '90s he had three albums standing out in the Top-20. In April 1991 he won six Academy of Country Music award including Entertainer of the Year. His album of "Sevens," released on 11/25/97 sold 3.4 million copies in its first five weeks, though sales dropped off drastically after Christmas. On 2/09/98 Brooks went on the TV show "Oprah" and pledged to donate proceeds from "Sevens" to her Angel Network of charities if she'd plug the album on her show every day for a week. Oprah did and Brooks donated $500,000. During the "Oprah" week, sales tripled and the album went from No.24 to No.4. Since Brooks had quietly donated untold sums to charities throughout his career, Nashville exec's wondered why this gift had to come with plugs for his album attached; using charity to boost flagging sales.

Brooks has a genial, unassuming, sport-loving, mud-spattered-truck-driving, good 'ole boy image, keeping his off-hours business persona hidden from his fans. He works overtime to present himself as a shy and kindhearted Christian with solid family values, a wrangler with a pizza paunch. Underneath the Middle American, reliable, regular guy act is a shrewd businessman, able to discuss share prices on the London Stock Exchange and the optimum conditions for corporate takeovers. He talks of grabbing a 150-acre homestead he bought for his folks when foreclosed land could be scooped up for a fraction it its value. Though many public figures have private flaws, we seldom see such magnitude of diversity in a public vs. private image.

During the late '90s, Nashville executives turned on him. Among the insiders such words were heard as "egomaniac," "bully" and even "bastard" and "monster." A former manager with whom he had a two-year dispute about her settlement says the disarming thing about him is how charming he is on the outside; that his veneer is insidious - but false.

He met his wife, Sandy Mahl, at college and married in 1986; they have three daughters. Their first daughter, Taylor, born in 1992, was named after the singer James Taylor. Their marriage has seen its ups and downs. In 1990 something led to a breakup but they reconciled and in 1991 he admitted being unfaithful to her during his early days on the road.

Brooks owns the rights to his albums, fronts his own money for videos, calls the shots on when he'll release his records and chooses his own singles. His total control makes record executives - as well as employees who may be arbitrarily fired - sweat. His sore-winner business practices have steadily eroded his industry support base. During the '90s he began referring to himself in the third person. Perhaps he himself was making the transfer of a public image that was no longer integrated with the inner person.

Brooks received two awards from the American Music Assoc. in 2000, Best Country Album and Best Male Artist.

On 11/06/2000 Garth and Sandy announced that they had officially filed for divorce. They had a half-billion in assets to divide and built another house on his 400-acre Okalahoma spread for Sandy, in order that the kids, Taylor Mayne Pearl, 8, August Anna, 6 and Allie Colleen, 4, may be raised with the care and attention of both parents. They continue to talk daily and are seen in public as a harmonious family. Their divorce was final on 12/10/2001. In November 2001, Brooks released his first LP in four years, "Scarecrow."

Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have known each other since the late '80s when they were both demo singers in Nashville. By early 2002, they were a very natural pair away from the studio as well as while recording six songs together.

Brooks and Yearwood became engaged on May 25, 2005. Brooks proposed on one knee in front of her and 7,000 fans at an unveiling of a statue of him at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

Events

  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1989 (First hit)
  • Work : Gain social status April 1991 (Won six awards)
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  • Social : Secrets revealed 1993 (Outed his siter as lesbian)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 25 November 1997 (Released album "Sevens")
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  • Work : Gain social status 9 February 1998 (Appeared on "Oprah")
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  • Work : Prize 16 January 2000 (Best Male Artist from the Amer. Music Awards)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 6 November 2000 at 12:00 noon in Nashville, TN (Filed for divorce from Sandy)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released November 2001 (LP "Scarecrow.")
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 10 December 2001 (Sandy, divorce final)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 25 May 2005 (Became engaged to Trisha Yearwood)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 10 December 2005 (Tricia Yearwood)
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Source Notes

Basil Fearrington quotes him, given by Basil during UAC lecture 5/1998

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Weight (Up to 300 lbs by end of 2001)
  • Traits : Personality : Ambitious
  • Traits : Personality : Opportunist (Not well liked by insiders)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (Six kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Three half-sib's; one sis lesbian)
  • Family : Relationship : Divorce friendly (More friendly after divorce)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, 14 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Extramarital affairs (Unfaithful to wife)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Donates much to charities)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Total control over his production co.)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Many)

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