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Garth Brooks: Remains as a Country Music Legend

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Garth Brooks was born and also grew up in Yukon, OK. He is the son of Ray Brooks who worked in an oil company as draughtsman and his mother was Colleen Carroll who was a country singer that was signed to Capitol Records and usually participated on the Red Foley show too. Brooks always had the interest for music but his real interest was focused in sports. He practiced football, ran track and baseball in  high school.

When Garth finished high school, he enrolled in the Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship as a javelin thrower. After he left that sport and finished the university graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. In the same year he began his professional singer career. Rapidly he became as a famous local artist playing in bars and clubs of Oklahoma especially in Tumbleweeds and Stillwater.

By 1985 Brooks went to Nashville to try to get a record contract, nevertheless, he failed. He returned to Oklahoma the next year and married to Sandy Mahl who was from Owasso, OK. Garth met this girl while he played at Tumbleweeds. In 1987 Brooks decided to move to Nashville and try again to get the record contract and in 1988 he was already signed to Capitol Records.

Among the years 1989 and 2005 Brooks released 16 albums. He produced more than 15 hit singles and sold more than 15 million albums only in the US. However, after the 90’s Garth announced his retirement which was induced by conflicts between his family and his career.

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