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Unformatted text preview: Garth Brooks Cole Cherland Troyal Brooks or more commonly known as Garth Brooks was born on February, 7, 1962 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Garth grew up in Yukon Oklahoma his father Ray worked for an oil company while his mother Colleen was a singer/song writer for Capital Records in the 1950s, and also a regular on the Red Foley show. Garth grew up with an interest in music and sang in casual family settings, but his biggest interest in his high school was athletics, primarily football, baseball, and track. After high school Garth went on to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a track scholarship as a javelin thrower, but he soon dropped track and graduated in 1984 with a degree in advertising. A few months later Garth began his professional singing career. He became very successful as a local artist playing to packed clubs and bars particularly the Tumbleweed in Oklahoma. However in 1985 Garth took a trip to Nashville Tennessee to try and pick up a record label but after 23 hours Garth felt he had failed miserably and packed up to head home. Shortly after his return home Garth married his college girlfriend Sandy Mahl whom he had met while working as a bouncer at the Tumbleweed bar where he had so often played. In 1987 the couple packed up, and moved to Nashville with a better idea of how the music industry operated. Garth struggled to make a name for himself in the music industry, but eventually made some connections with various songwriters and producers making demo tapes. Although he had made some important connections and had a powerful management team, every label in town refused to sign him. In 1989 just six weeks after Capitol Records passes on his demo, one of the labels executives saw Garth sing at a local club and was impressed with his live performance and convinced...
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