Fast Facts

  • Attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship and competed in the javelin.
  • Went to Nashville in 1985 in search of a record deal, but gave up and returned home after just 23 hours.
  • Released his first single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," in 1989.  
  • Mentioned former pro bronco rider and singer Chris LeDoux in his first single, and years later attempted (unsuccessfully) to donate part of his liver to an ailing LeDoux.   
  • His third album, 1991's Ropin' the Wind, was the first country record to debut at No. 1 on both Billboard's Country Albums chart and the Top 200 Albums chart.
  • Has said one of his favorite songs is "The Dance," which, according to songwriter Tony Arata, was inspired by a scene in the movie Peggy Sue Got Married.
  • Gave interviews and recorded an album in the late '90s using the persona of fictional character Chris Gaines. The publicity was intended to create hype for the movie The Lamb, which centered on the Gaines character. (The film was not completed before Brooks' retirement.)
  • Retired in 2001 to spend more time with his family.

Awards

  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Nominee
  • 1996, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1995, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Country Music Performer: Winner
  • 1997, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 1994, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1999, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1993, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Country Music Performer: Winner
  • 2002, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2001, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 2008, CMT Music Awards — Collaborative Video of the Year: Nominee
  • 2002, CMT Music Awards — Flameworthy Video Collaboration of the Year: Nominee
  • 1998, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1991, Grammy — Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1997, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner
  • 1993, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Male Musical Performer: Winner

Relationships

  • Betsy Smittle — Stepsister
  • Colleen Carroll Brooks — Mother
  • Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks — Daughter
  • Mike Brooks — Stepbrother
  • Jim Smittle — Stepbrother
  • Trisha Yearwood — Wife
  • August Brooks — Daughter
  • Kelly Brooks — Brother
  • Troyal Brooks — Father
  • Allie Brooks — Daughter
  • Jerry Smittle — Stepbrother
  • Sandy Mahl Brooks — Ex-wife

College

  • Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (BA in Advertising, 1984)

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Details

  • Birth Name: Troyal Garth Brooks
  • Birth Place: Tulsa, OK
  • Birthday: February 7, 1962, Aquarius
  • Profession: Country-music singer

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