|Birth name||Troyal Garth Brooks|
|Born||February 7, 1962|
|Origin||Yukon, Oklahoma, USA|
|Years active||1989-2001, 2005-present|
|Associated acts||Trisha Yearwood, Chris Gaines, Ty England|
Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American Country Music artist. Events 457 - Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire. 1074 - Battle of Montesarchio in which the Prince Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Yukon is a city in Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Capitol Records is a major United States -based Record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood California and New York City as Liberty Records was a United States -based Record label. It was started by chairman Simon Waronker in 1955 with Alvin Bennett as president Big Machine Records is a American independent Record label specializing in Country music artists Patricia Lynn Yearwood, known professionally as Trisha Yearwood (born September 19 1964 is an American Country music artist best known for her series of major hits Chris Gaines is a fictional Alternative rock Singer created as an Alter ego for a movie project entitled The Lamb by Garth Brooks. Ty England (born Tyler England, December 5, 1963) is an American Country music Singer and guitarist Events 457 - Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire. 1074 - Battle of Montesarchio in which the Prince Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Successfully integrating rock elements into his recordings and live performances, Brooks soon began to dominate the country singles and country album charts and quickly crossed over into the mainstream pop arena, exposing country music to a larger audience. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. 
Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, with over 70 hit singles and 15 charted albums to his credit and over 165 million albums sold in the United States alone. 
Garth Brooks has released six albums to achieve diamond status in the United States, those being; Garth Brooks - (10× platinum), No Fences - (17× platinum), Ropin' the Wind - (14× platinum), The Hits - (10× platinum), Sevens - (10× platinum) & Double Live - (21× platinum). In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and Garth Brooks was the self-titled debut album of American Country music artist Garth Brooks. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and No Fences was released on August 27, 1990, and is American Country music artist Garth Brooks ' second Album In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and Ropin' the Wind is American Country music artist Garth Brooks ' third album released on Tuesday September 10, 1991. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and The Hits was the second compilation album and first Greatest hits album from American Country pop artist Garth Brooks. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and Sevens is the seventh studio album (ninth overall of American Country pop artist Garth Brooks. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and Double Live is the name of Garth Brooks ' tenth Country pop album In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of Albums and singles sold through retail and
Throughout the 1990s he broke records for both sales and concert attendance. In 1999, looking to expand his career boundaries, Brooks began a project that was intended to foreshadow a movie that followed the life of a rock star by the name of Chris Gaines. The album left most people scratching their heads due to the fact that the movie was never released and the album was left to stand alone, while it did not sell as well as his other titles; it nevertheless reached #2 on the album charts and went double platinum.
Troubled by conflicts between career and family, in 2001 Brooks officially retired from recording and performing.  During this time he has sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Wal-Mart and has sporadically released new singles. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (or Walmart as written in its new logo is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores  More recently he has issued a successful collection of his hit singles from 1989 through to 2007 which itself has gone 5x platinum. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962, the youngest of six children, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Events 457 - Leo I becomes emperor of the Byzantine Empire. 1074 - Battle of Montesarchio in which the Prince Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He was raised in Yukon, Oklahoma. Yukon is a city in Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.  His father, Troyal Brooks, worked as a draftsman for an oil company, while his mother, Colleen Carroll, was a country music singer on the Capitol Records label in the 1950s and also a regular on the Red Foley Show. A technical drawing is a form of graphic communication This type of Drawing is used in the transforming of an idea into physical form Capitol Records is a major United States -based Record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood California and New York City as Clyde Julian "Red" Foley ( June 17 1910 – September 19 1968) was a Country music Singer.  Even as a child, Brooks was interested in music, often singing in casual family settings, but his primary interest was athletics. In high school he played football and baseball and ran track. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each After graduation from high school, he attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a track scholarship as a javelin thrower  Despite discontinuing his participation in the sport, he still graduated in 1984 with a degree in advertising. Stillwater is a city in Payne County, Oklahoma, United States. For the athletic event see Javelin throw. For other uses see Javelin (disambiguation A javelin is a light Spear designed Advertising is a form of Communication that typically attempts to persuade potential Customers to Purchase or to consume more of a particular Brand 
Later that year, Brooks began his professional music career, singing and playing guitar in Oklahoma clubs and bars, particularly the Tumbleweed in Stillwater.  In 1985 noted entertainment attorney Rod Phelps drove up from Dallas to listen to Garth at Wild Willie's on The Strip near Oklahoma State University. Phelps liked what he heard and offered to produce Garth's first demo, recorded "live" at Wild Willie's. After mixing the 4 sets down to what they hoped would be an acceptable "commercial" product, Phelps gave Garth a list of his contacts in Nashville, the reel-to-reel tape of the demo,and some credit cards to finance the Nashville venture. Brooks met with Phelps' good friend, ASCAP's Merlin Littlefield, but was scared off by Merlin's suggestion that Brooks could make more money playing in Stillwater than he could as an artist in Nahsville. [See "Chicken Soup for the Country Soul", page 148]. Brooks turned around and went back to Stillwater to work on his MBA in marketing at OSU. After the failed 1985 24-hour trip to Nashville to gain a record contract, Brooks returned to Oklahoma and in 1986, married Sandy Mahl of Owasso, Oklahoma, whom he had met while working as a bouncer. A recording contract (commonly called a record deal) is a legal agreement between a Record label and a Recording artist (or group where the artist Owasso is a city in Rogers and Tulsa counties in the US state of Oklahoma, and a northern Suburb of Tulsa. Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. The couple later had three daughters: Taylor Mayne Pearl (b. 1992), August Anna (b. 1994) and Allie Colleen (b. 1996). The following year, the couple moved to Nashville, and Brooks was able to begin making contacts in the music industry. 
Garth Brooks' eponymous first album, Garth Brooks, was released in 1989 and was a critical and chart success. Garth Brooks was the self-titled debut album of American Country music artist Garth Brooks. It peaked at #2 in the US country album chart and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart. The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard Most of the album was traditionalist country, influenced in part by George Strait. George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American Country music singer  The first single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," was a country top 10 success. It was followed by his first country #1, "If Tomorrow Never Comes. " If Tomorrow Never Comes " is a song by American Country music artist Garth Brooks. " "Not Counting You" reached #2, and then "The Dance" put him at #1 again; this song's theme of people dying in the course of doing something they believe in resonated strongly and together with a popular music video gave Brooks his first push towards a broader audience. A music video is a Short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music most commonly a Song with lyrics Brooks has claimed that of all the songs he has recorded, "The Dance" is his favorite. 
His follow-up album, No Fences, was released in 1990 and spent 23 weeks as #1 on the Billboard country music chart. No Fences was released on August 27, 1990, and is American Country music artist Garth Brooks ' second Album  The album also reached #3 on the pop chart, and eventually became Brooks's highest-selling album, with domestic sales of over 16 million records.  It contained what would become Brooks' signature song, the blue collar anthem "Friends in Low Places", as well as two other Brooks classics, the dramatic and controversial "The Thunder Rolls" and the philosophically ironic "Unanswered Prayers". A signature song is the one Song (or in some cases one of a few songs that a popular and well-established " Friends in Low Places " is a song released by American Country music artist Garth Brooks. " The Thunder Rolls " is a song released by American Country music artist Garth Brooks. " Unanswered Prayers " is a song released by American Country Music artist Garth Brooks which hit #1 on the country billboard charts in 1990 Each of these songs, as well as the affectionate "Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House," reached #1 on the country chart.  While Brooks' musical style placed him squarely within the boundaries of country music, he was strongly influenced by the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, especially the works of James Taylor (whom he idolized and named his first child after) and Dan Fogelberg. Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American Singer-songwriter and Guitarist, born in Boston, Massachusetts Daniel Grayling Fogelberg ( August 13 1951 &ndash December 16 2007) was an American singer songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist  Similarly, Brooks was influenced by the operatic rock of the 1970s-era Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen. William Martin Joel (born May 9 1949 is an American Pianist and Singer-songwriter. In his highly successful live shows, Brooks used a wireless headset microphone to free himself to run about the stage, adding energy and arena rock theatrics to spice up the normally staid country music approach to concerts. The hard rock band KISS was also one of his earliest grade school musical influences, and his shows often reflected this. Brooks said that the style of his show was inspired mostly by Chris LeDoux. 
Brooks' third album, Ropin' the Wind, released in September 1991, had advance orders of 4 million copies and entered the pop album charts at #1, a first for a country act. Ropin' the Wind is American Country music artist Garth Brooks ' third album released on Tuesday September 10, 1991.  Ropin' the Wind's music was a melange of pop country and honky tonk; hits included Billy Joel's "Shameless", "What She's Doing Now", and "The River". Honky-tonk is a term has also been attached to various styles of 20th-century American Music. "What She's Doing Now" is a single by American country music singer Garth Brooks. All told, it became his second-best selling album after No Fences. The success of this album further propelled the sales of his first two albums, enabling Brooks to become the first country artist with three albums listed in the pop top 20 in one week. 
After spending time in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots, Brooks co-wrote the gospel-country-rock hybrid "We Shall Be Free" to express his desire for tolerance. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West The Los Angeles riots of 1992, also known as the Rodney King uprising or the Rodney King riots, were sparked on April 29, 1992 when a jury " We Shall Be Free " is a song released by American Country Music artist Garth Brooks. The song became the first single off his fourth album The Chase. The Chase is the fourth studio album of American Country music artist Garth Brooks. With its message of support for cultural tolerance, the song met with resistance from country radio stations and from the culturally conservative country audience and only reached #12 on the country chart, his first song in three years to fail to make the top ten.  Nevertheless, the song often received standing ovations when performed in concert, went to #22 in the Christian charts through a marketing deal with Rick Hendrix Company, and earned Brooks a 1993 GLAAD Media Award. A standing ovation is a form of Applause where members of a seated Audience stand up while applauding The GLAAD Media Awards were created in 1990 by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to recognize and honor the mainstream media for their fair accurate and 
Brooks won his first Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1992 for the album Ropin' the Wind. The Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1965. 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. The Academy of Country Music (ACM was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California as the Country & Western Music Academy As a performer and artist he has been compared to fellow country and pop/rock legends, such as the likes of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, George Strait, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and the Eagles. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 Clyde Jackson Browne (born October 9, 1948) is a German -born American rock Singer-songwriter and Musician. Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers (born August 21, 1938, in Houston Texas) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter Clint Patrick Black (born February 4, 1962) is a Grammy Award -winning American Country music Singer-songwriter, record producer and George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American Country music singer Johnny Cash (born J R Cash; February 26 1932 - September 12 2003 was a Grammy Award -winning American country Singer-songwriter. George Glenn Jones (born September 12, 1931 in Saratoga Texas) is an award-winning American Country music singer known for his long list of
In 1993, Garth Brooks, who had criticized music stores which sold used CDs since it led to a loss in royalty payments, persuaded Capitol Records not to ship his August 1993 album In Pieces to stores which engaged in such practices. This led to several anti-trust lawsuits against the record label and ended with Capitol shipping the CDs to the stores after all. 
Despite the delay in shipping the album to certain stores, In Pieces was another instant number 1 success, selling a total of about 10 million copies world-wide. In Pieces is American Country music artist Garth Brooks ' fifth studio album (sixth overall Some of his fans were upset, however, that the album was not released simultaneously around the world. In the United Kingdom, one of Brooks' most committed fan bases outside the United States, country music disc jockeys, such as Martin Campbell and John Wellington, noted that many fans were buying the album on import; making it the first album to debut in the top 10 of the UK Country album charts before its official release date. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Once officially released there, in 1994, the album reached the top spot on the UK Country chart and number two on the UK pop albums chart. That same year "The Red Strokes" became Brooks' first single to make the pop top 40 in the UK, reaching a high of number 13; it was followed by "Standing Outside The Fire", which reached number 23. " Standing Outside The Fire " is a 1993 song released by American Country Music artist Garth Brooks. Previous albums No Fences, Ropin' The Wind and The Chase also remained in the top 30 in the UK.
To support the album, Brooks embarked on a 1994 UK tour, selling out venues such as Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre and London's Wembley Arena. Birmingham ( ˈbɜːmɪŋəm Ber -ming-um The National Exhibition Centre ( NEC) is an Exhibition centre in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. Wembley Arena is a famous Entertainment venue located in Wembley, London, UK. He opened the London radio station, Country 1035 and made a number of general television and radio appearances, where he was often mocked by the presenters. Country 1035 was a country music based Independent Local Radio station based in London, England. On ITV's regional news show London Tonight, Brooks was described as "a top-selling, rooting tooting, cotton picking, Country and Western star, yeeha!" The nationwide Big Breakfast show's presenters Chris Evans and Paula Yates, commented that "He's selling more records than anyone in the world, but none of us have ever heard of him. Independent Television (generally known as ITV) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters set up under the Independent London Tonight is the flagship news programme broadcast to the Carlton / LWT region of the ITV Network This article is about the British television show For the Canadian television show of the same name see The Big Breakfast (Canada. Chris Evans (born Christopher Evans, 1 April 1966 Warrington, England) is an English radio / Television presenter and Paula Elizabeth Yates (24 April 1959- 17 September 2000 was a British Television presenter and Writer, best known for her work on two Iconic " Yates then told Brooks that, "Country singers always seem to be weeping over the dead dog and things," and also remarked, "I thought you'd come in here and twiddle your pistol around and be impressed. " Although Brooks remained polite, he did observe that Yates was obviously unfamiliar with modern country music. Scores of Brooks fans later wrote to complain about his treatment on the show. Sometime after this, Dwight Yoakam appeared on the same show and after Yates told him, "You seem different from other Country singers we've had on the show," Yoakam replied, "What? All two of us?"
Despite the disdain of the British media, Brooks's overall popularity in the country was evident, with a top disc jockey, Nick Barraclough, referring to Brooks as Garth Vader (a play on Darth Vader) for his "invasion" of the charts and his success as an icon of the country genre. Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American Country music Singer, Songwriter, and Actor Anakin Skywalker Darth Vader is a fictional character in George Lucas ' Science fiction saga Star Wars. Unlike Alan Jackson, who refused to return to the UK after being treated in a similar manner by the press, Brooks returned in 1996 for more sold-out concerts, although this time his media appearances were mostly restricted to country radio and interviews with magazines. Alan Eugene Jackson (born 17 October 1958 in Newnan, Georgia) is an American country Singer-songwriter who has sold over Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally
Elsewhere in the world Brooks was also considered a star, and he enjoyed hit records and sell-out tours in countries including Brazil, throughout Europe, the Far East, New Zealand, and Australia. |utc_offset = -2 to -4 |time_zone_DST = BRST |utc_offset_DST = -2 to -5 |cctld The Far East is a term often used by people in the Western world to refer to the countries of East Asia. New Zealand is an Island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. 
In 1994 Brooks paid homage to one of his musical influences when he appeared on the hard rock compilation Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved, a collection of Kiss cover songs by popular artists from all genres. Kiss My Ass Classic Kiss Regrooved is a 1994 Tribute album, featuring a variety of artists covering songs by the American rock band Kiss. Kiss (also typeset as KISS) is an American rock band formed in New York City in December 1972 As the only country performer to participate, some worried that Brooks would turn his cover of the song originally sung by drummer Peter Criss, "Hard Luck Woman", into a country song. George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945) better known as Peter Criss, is an American Musician best known as "Hard Luck Woman" is a song by the American hard rock band Kiss and the Lead single from their 1976 album Rock and Roll Over Brooks instead insisted on remaining true to the song, and requested that the members of Kiss perform the music on the track, the only song on the album that the band musically contributed. The unlikely collaboration performed the song live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in promotion of Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved , and despite its hard-rock appeal, Brooks' version did appear on the country charts. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show currently hosted by Jay Leno, on Kiss My Ass Classic Kiss Regrooved is a 1994 Tribute album, featuring a variety of artists covering songs by the American rock band Kiss.
The following year the Recording Industry Association of America announced that Garth Brooks was the best-selling solo artist of the 20th century in America.  This conclusion drew criticism from the press and many music fans who were convinced that Elvis Presley had sold more records, but had been short-changed in the rankings due to faulty RIAA certification methods during his lifetime.  Brooks, while proud of his sales accomplishments, deferred to "The King" and stated that he too believed that Presley must have sold more. 
The RIAA has since reexamined their methods for counting certifications. Under their revised methods, Presley became the best-selling solo artist in U. S. history, making Brooks the number two solo artist, ranking third overall, as The Beatles have sold more albums than either he or Presley. The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960  The revision brought more criticism of the accuracy of the RIAA's figures, this time from Brooks' followers.
On November 5, 2007, Brooks was again named the best selling solo artist in US history, surpassing Presley (but still #2 after the Beatles) after audited sales of 123 million were announced.
In 1999 Brooks and his production company Red Strokes Entertainment, with Paramount Pictures, began to develop a movie in which Brooks would star. Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and Distribution company, based in Hollywood California. The Lamb was to have revolved around Chris Gaines, a fictional rock singer and his emotionally conflicted life as a musician in the public eye. Chris Gaines is a fictional Alternative rock Singer created as an Alter ego for a movie project entitled The Lamb by Garth Brooks. Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. To create buzz for the project, Brooks took on the identity of Gaines in the October 1999 album Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines, which was intended as a 'pre-soundtrack' to the film. Greatest Hits, also entitled Garth Brooks in The Life of Chris Gaines, is part of the Alter ego project of American country  Brooks also subsequently appeared as Gaines in a television mockumentary for the VH1 series Behind The Music and as the musical guest on an episode of Saturday Night Live which he hosted as himself. Mockumentary (also known as a pseudo-documentary) a Portmanteau of Mock and documentary, is a film and TV Genre, or a single work VH1 (known as VH-1 Video Hits One from 1985 to 1994 and VH1 Music First until 2003) is an American Cable television Behind the Music was a Television series on VH1 that ran from 1997 to 2006, and continues to air sporadically with new episodes Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City
Brooks' endless promotion of the album and the film did not seem to stir much excitement and the success of the Chris Gaines experiment became fairly evident mere weeks after the album was released. Although critics admired Brooks for taking a musical risk, the majority of the American public was either totally bewildered, or completely unreceptive to the idea of Garth Brooks as anything but a pop-country singer.  Many of his fans also felt that by supporting the Gaines project they would lose the real Garth Brooks.  Sales of the album were unspectacular and although it made it to #2 on the pop album chart, expectations had been higher and retail stores began heavily discounting their oversupply.  Less than expected sales of the album (more than two million) and no further developments in the production of the film as a result brought the project to an indefinite hiatus in February 2001 and Gaines quickly faded into obscurity. 
Despite the less than spectacular response to the Chris Gaines project, Brooks gained his first - and only - US Top 40 pop single in "Lost in You", the first single from the album.
As his career flourished, Brooks seemed frustrated by the conflicts between career and family. He talked of retiring from performing in 1992 and 1995, but each time returned to touring. In 1999 Brooks appeared on The Nashville Network's Crook & Chase program and again mentioned retirement. Spike (formerly called Spike TV) a division of MTV Networks, is an American cable network designed for an audience described 
In 1999, Brooks and his wife separated, announcing their plans to divorce on October 9, 2000. Events 768 - Carloman I and Charlemagne are crowned Kings of The Franks. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.  The divorce became final in 2001. 
Two weeks later, on October 26, 2000, Brooks officially announced his retirement from recording and performing. Events 740 - An Earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing much damage and death 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.  Later that evening, Capitol Records saluted his achievement of selling 100 million albums in the US with a lavish party at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Sommet Center (formerly Nashville Arena and Gaylord Entertainment Center and pronounced soh-MAY' is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville Tennessee 
Brooks's final album, Scarecrow, was released on November 13, 2001. Scarecrow is the eighth studio album (fourteenth overall of American Country pop artist Garth Brooks. Events 1002 - English king Ethelred orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The album did not match the sales levels of Brooks's heyday, but still sold comfortably well, reaching #1 on both the pop and country charts. Although he staged a few performances for promotional purposes, Brooks stated that he would be retired from recording and performing at least until his youngest daughter, Allie, turned 18. Despite ceasing to record new material between 2002 and (most of) 2005, Brooks continued to chart with previously recorded material, including a top 30 placing for "Why Ain't I Running" in 2003.
In the mid-1990s, many tabloids reported throughout the decade that he was actually having an affair with longtime friend and collaborator Trisha Yearwood. A tabloid is a Newspaper industry term which refers to a smaller newspaper format per spread to a weekly or semi-weekly alternative newspaper that focuses on local-interest Patricia Lynn Yearwood, known professionally as Trisha Yearwood (born September 19 1964 is an American Country music artist best known for her series of major hits The two have continually denied having had an affair.  Following Brooks's divorce, however, the pair did begin dating, and the couple wed on December 10, 2005, at their home in Oklahoma, marking the second marriage for Brooks and the third for Yearwood. Events 1041 - Empress Zoe of Byzantium elevates her adoptive son to the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire as Michael V Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
In 2005 Brooks insisted that he was not touring and did not plan to record any new studio material until 2015. However, in August 2005 it was announced that Brooks had signed a deal with Wal-Mart, leasing them the rights to his back catalog following his split with Capitol. Wal-Mart Stores Inc (or Walmart as written in its new logo is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores  Three months later, Brooks and Wal-Mart issued The Limited Series, a six-CD box set containing past material and a Lost Sessions disc with eleven previously unissued recordings. The Limited Series is the name of Garth Brooks ' second box set of albums This set marked the first time in history that a musician had signed an exclusive music distribution deal with a single retailer.  The set sold more than 500,000 physical copies on its issue date, proving that Brooks still had a large fan base, and by the first week in December 2005 had sold over 1 million physical copies. 
Brooks took a brief break from retirement early in 2005 to perform for several charity causes. With Yearwood, he sang Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" on the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast nationwide telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief. Creedence Clearwater Revival (often abbreviated CCR) was an American Rock and roll band who gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with Shelter from the Storm A Concert for the Gulf Coast was a one hour commercial -free Benefit concert Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States  He also released a new single, "Good Ride Cowboy", as a tribute to his late friend, rodeo star and country singer, Chris LeDoux. "Good Ride Cowboy" is a single released in 2005 by American Country music artist Garth Brooks. Chris LeDoux ( October 2, 1948 &ndash March 9, 2005) was an American Country music Singer-songwriter, bronze 
In early 2006 Wal-Mart issued The Lost Sessions as a single CD apart from the boxed set, with extra tracks including a top 25 duet with Yearwood, "Love Will Always Win".  The couple were later nominated for a "Best Country Collaboration With Vocals" Grammy Award for the song.
On August 18, 2007, Brooks announced plans for a new boxed set called The Ultimate Hits. Events 293 BC - The oldest known Roman temple to Venus is founded starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Ultimate Hits is an album from Country music artist Garth Brooks, released on November 6 2007 The new set features two discs containing 30 hits, a DVD featuring some new music videos and three new songs, and a bonus track. The album's first single, "More Than a Memory", was released to radio on August 27, 2007. " More Than a Memory " is a song by country music singer Garth Brooks, released as a single in 2007 Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.  "More Than a Memory" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, becoming the highest-debuting single in the chart's history. Hot Country Songs is a chart published weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States The previous record had been set only one week earlier, when Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" debuted at #16. Kenny Chesney (born Kenneth Arnold Chesney, March 26, 1968) is an American Country music artist " Don't Blink " is a single by country music artist Kenny Chesney. 
Then, in November 2007, Garth Brooks performed nine shows over ten nights at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. All nine shows sold out. Following his final performance, Brooks promised the sold-out crowd that if they "waited for him" he would return, leaving country fans across the world in anticipation for comeback.
In 1999, Garth Brooks began the Teammates for Kids Foundation which provides financial aid to charities for children. The organization breaks down into three categories spanning three different sports.
The foundation enlists players to donate a predetermined sum of money depending on their game performance. Brooks has participated in spring training for the San Diego Padres in 1998 and 1999, the New York Mets in 2000, and most recently with the Kansas City Royals in 2004 to promote his foundation. The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego California since their founding in 1969 "Mets" redirects here For the medical term see Metastasis. The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brooks is also a fundraiser for various other charities, including a number of children's charities and famine relief. A famine is a widespread shortage of food that may apply to any Faunal species which phenomenon is usually accompanied by regional Malnutrition, Starvation He has also donated at least $1 million to wildlife causes. Wildlife includes all non-domesticated plants animals and other organisms It was announced that Garth would perform a charity concert on January 25 and 26, 2008 at the Staples Center for the victims of the recent California Wildfires. Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles California adjacent to the L On December 1st, tickets went on sale and sold out within minutes, prompting them to announce 3 more shows. All 5 L.A. shows sold out in 59 minutes. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West CBS aired the first of these concerts (January 25th at 9 pm) live, giving viewers a chance to donate to the Firefighters Relief efforts.