Troyal Garth Brooks, 7 February 1962, Yukon, Oklahoma, USA. Brooks mother, country singer Colleen Carroll (b. 1929, d. 7 August 1999), appeared on the Ozark Jubilee and recorded for Capitol Records. Brooks won an athletic scholarship in Oklahoma and entertained in clubs at night. He preferred music and was soon playing full-time. While having a club residency, he learned over 350 songs. Working as a bouncer in Stillwater, he broke up a fight and hence met his future wife, Sandy. When he first married, he reminisced about his high school sweetheart and wondered if he had made a mistake. A few years later, he met her, realized that they had both changed, and wrote the song Unanswered Prayers.
Brooks signed with Capitol Records and was assigned to producer Allen Reynolds, known for his work with Don Williams. His 1989 debut Garth Brooks, had an old-time, western swing and country feel and included a revival of a Jim Reeves...
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