Garth Brooks' Net Worth Is Off the Country Charts
Garth Brooks' net worth is about $400 million, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He's the best-selling solo artist in the U.S. and is second in sales only to the Beatles.
As he embarks on what he says is his final tour, let's take a look back at his music career as one of the greatest American singers to date.
Before Music Success
Tulsa, Oklahoma, native Garth Brooks was born in 1962. Growing up, it seemed as though he was destined for a career in sports. He was good at most athletics in high school, including football, baseball, and track and field. In fact, he earned a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and competed in javelin.
When not competing and attending to his studies, Brooks worked as a bouncer at Wild Willie's Saloon in Tulsa. It was at this time that he formed his first band, Santa Fe.
Garth Brooks Nashville Beginnings
Brooks' main influences were more classic rock than county — he's a big fan of Queen, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and KISS. However, he liked country, and when he first heard George Strait, he decided to become a country artist.
In 1987, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to break into music. While making the rounds with his demos, he worked retail selling cowboy boots. He didn't have much luck in music until spring 1988 when a record exec took a chance on him after seeing him play at the city's legendary Bluebird Café.
Hitting The Big Time
After releasing his self-titled debut album in 1989, Brooks quickly rose to the top. He won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) as well as Video of the Year for his single, "The Dance." The Academy of Country Music (ACM) also awarded him with Best Song and Best Video.
Brooks' sophomore effort, "No Fences," was a smash and sold more than 16 million copies. It was named album of the year by both the CMA and ACM, who both also named him Entertainer of the Year in 1991. As if his star couldn't get any brighter, his third album, "Ropin’ the Wind," made history. It became the first county album to crossover directly into the top spot on Billboard's all-genre charts.
Brooks dominated the 1990s as a country artist — his concerts became the stuff of legend, rivaling ticket sales set by U2, Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles. Throughout the decade, he kept releasing multi-diamond and platinum-selling albums, including "The Chase," "In Pieces," "Fresh Horses" and "Sevens."
Hello ... Chris Gaines?
At the end of the 1990s, Garth Brooks' alter ego, Chris Gaines, released "Garth Brooks in ... The Life of Chris Gaines," which admittedly confused some fans, but it was his way of trying out a different style of music.
If Gaines had taken off, Brooks would have made a movie based on his life, but it wasn't meant to be. Audiences wanted the Garth Brooks they had grown to know and love.
But, in 2000, Brooks was at a crossroads. He divorced and announced his retirement to spend more time with his kids.
A Country Power Couple
Brooks released one last album, "Scarecrow," before retiring. He married country singer Trisha Yearwood in 2005 and settled down with his family in Oklahoma. He stayed out of the spotlight for about eight years. One of his first forays back into music was his three-year residency at the Las Vegas Wynn hotel in 2009.
From the moment he hit the stage, he played to sold-out audiences, but he has stated how much he loved being away from it all: "The truth is, you know entertainment industries: They were ready to throw me out anyway, so I thought I’d leave before they tossed me out. It was a good time to take a real good look at life because my former 10 years had not been a real-life event. That decade of the ’90s was crazy. And being the life of a guy out on the road is not a real life, so this was good to get back to as close to real life as you could get being an artist."
Out of Retirement ... for Now
In 2017, Brooks and Yearwood played 390 shows. They sold a whopping 6.3 million tickets and shattered records held by the Beatles and Rolling Stones. At the time, theirs was the biggest North American tour in history.
In 2019, he embarked on a sold-out stadium tour, and in 2022, he's back on the road for what he says is really his final tour.
Brooks went viral in April 2022 after playing a show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at LSU's Tiger Stadium. Over 100,000 fans caused a small earthquake in the area as they danced and sang in unison to the classic "Callin’ Baton Rouge."
Watch the Excitement Below!