‘Catch of the Day’ – Garth Brooks – “Ask Me How I Know” [VIDEO]
Today we feature the top selling country artist of all-time, number 2 all-time all genre. He is the only artist to have 7 albums receive diamond certification, denoting more than 10 million copies sold. And number 8 isn't too far off.
Born in Tulsa and raised in Yukon, Oklahoma, Troyal Garth Brooks was the youngest child in a blended family of 6. His father was a draftsmen for an oil company, his mother a singer signed to Capitol Records who was a frequent guest on the Ozark Jubilee. Growing up his family would host weekly talent nights, with all of the kids participating, either singing or performing skits. Garth would learn to play guitar and banjo as a child by participating in the talent shows.
Even though he enjoyed singing as a child, his primary focus was on sports. He received a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, competing in the javelin. Brooks graduated from OSU in 1984 with a bachelors degree in Advertising, later returning to the school where he earned earned his MBA in 2011. During his initial years at the school, his roommate was singer Ty England, who would go on to play guitar for Brooks' backing band before launching his own solo career in 1995.
After graduating from OSU. Brooks began playing in clubs and bars in the Stillwater area. Originally his musical style was pretty varied, but Brooks states that after he heard George Strait's debut single "Unwound" in 1981, his musical path was set. He continued to play clubs, bars and state fairs, continually widening his zone of focus, performing further and further from his home. In 1985, entertainment attorney Rod Phelps heard Brooks play in Dallas, and convinced the young singer to come to Nashville.
Brooks' first attempt in Nashville lasted a grand total of 24 hours. 1 day after arriving in Music City, Garth decided the scene wasn't for him and headed back to Oklahoma. It took 2 more years before Phelps could convince him to take a chance and give Nashville one more shot. In 1987 Brooks returned for good, and immediately began making contact through out the music industry. In 1988 Brooks' signed with Capitol Records Nashville, releasing his self-titled debut album in 1989.
Since then, Brooks has released 12 studio albums on first Capitol and the Pearl Records (his own label), 4 compilations, 1 live album, 4 Christmas albums and 5 box sets. Of those albums, only his most recent release Gunslinger, which was released in December, has failed to be certified platinum or diamond. His totals around the world see him certified platinum 137 times, with a total of over 160 million albums sold world wide, leaving him second to only the Beatles for the crown of most albums sold.
His latest album Gunslinger was released in November in conjunction with a Christmas album her recorded with wife Trisha Yearwood, Christmas Together, as part of his latest box set The Ultimate Collection. The first single from the album "Baby, Let's Lay Down and Dance" was released in October and peaked at #15 on the Country Chart. The second single from the album is in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All-American Super Car Wash, Garth Brooks and "Ask Me How I Know" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.
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