Garth Brooks turns 54 on Feb. 7, and he has a lot to celebrate. In his nearly 30 years in the industry, he’s routinely broken sales records, becoming one of the biggest-selling country artists of all time.
In 1991, his No Fences album shot from No. 16 to No. 4 the week the SoundScan tracking system was introduced, proving country was far more popular than previously thought. His third album, Ropin’ The Wind, debuted at No. 1 on the pop charts. Brooks also won CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award more times than any other artist, and his television specials had unprecedented ratings.
Born in Oklahoma, Brooks grew up with music around him. His mother sang on the Ozark Jubilee and recorded for Capitol Records, and his father played guitar. This upbringing, along with the smarts he acquired studying marketing, proved to be a powerful combination. Soon after Brooks moved to Nashville, he charted his first No. 1 single, “If Tomorrow Never Comes”.
True fans knew that Garth would come back from the retirement he announced in 2001. And come back he did – a five-year residency in Las Vegas was the beginning of a new period for him. In 2012, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brooks hasn’t slowed down in recent years. Following the stretch in Vegas, he released Man Against Machine in 2014, which featured the single “People Loving People”, and then set out on a world tour. At 54, life looks good for Brooks. When not on tour, he’s often seen hanging around Nashville with honey Trisha Yearwood.
Last year, Brooks performed “All-American Kid” at the ACM Awards. Check it out below.