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Garth Brooks

One of country music’s most recognizable and transcendent artists, Garth Brooks is making a comeback after a hiatus from new records and touring.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on February 7, 1962, Garth Brooks signed with Capitol Records and released his self-titled first album in 1989, which had mild success. His third album, Ropin’ the Wind, was the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the pop charts. Brooks has made a number of albums since, selling more than 100 million in all. He retired in 2000, but began performing again in 2009.

In 2009, Brooks returned to music scene and began performing regularly on the Las Vegas Strip. In October 2010, he announced his first large-scale arena concert in Nashville since 1998. All proceeds benefited Tennessee residents affected by the May 2010 flooding.

One of the top-selling country music artists of all time, Brooks has received several special honors in recent years. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2011. The following year, Brooks also became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait and James Taylor were among the artists that honored Brooks at his induction ceremony.

In July 2014, Brooks announced an upcoming album and world tour. The singer inked a record contract with Sony Music Nashville for his first studio album since 2001’s Scarecrow. Not a fan of digital download companies, Brooks is now selling his new songs digitally via his official web site. His new album is expected to be released in November 2014.

Brooks is known as much for his live shows as for his recording success. He launched his comeback world tour – his first in 17 years – on September 5 in Chicago. Brooks’ first 11 shows over seven days in Chicago have largely sold out. He also has upcoming concert dates in Atlanta and Jacksonville.

-via Biography.com

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