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Garth Brooks Troyal Garth Brooks was born in Tulsa Oklahoma of February 7 1962 He was raised in Yukon about one hundred miles away from Tulsa Ray his father worked as a draughtsman for an oil company while his mother Colleen was a country singer in the 1950s and appeared on radio and television show as well as recording various recordings for Capital Records Country music played a role in the Brooks household but not a dominant one But by the time Garth was born his mother had retired from a professional career and the Brooks house reverberated with as much rock and pop music as country Garth went to Yukon High School and played four sports football basketball baseball and track He went to college at Oklahoma State in Stillwater and no set plans for a music career It was in 1984 when Garth realized that his sports career was not going anywhere so he majored in advertising took some marketing classes and started to take music seriously He began to perform in bars and honky-tonks around Stillwater In the summer of 1985 he left for Nashville and a career in country music but returned home four days later rejected After he joined a local band Santa Fe as the lead singer During this time Garth became big fans of singer-writers James Taylor Dan Fogelberg rock bands Boston and Kansas and country singer George Strait In 1986 Garth married Sandy Mahl They met when Garth worked as a bouncer at a bar Then in 1987 Garth with his new wife and Santa Fe moved to Nashville After recording many demos for publishers Garth signed a writers contract in November of 1987 and soon after met Bob Doyle who later became his manager It was Doyle who paid the entry fee to a Bluebird Cafe The performance at this Cafe earned Garth his first record deal with Capital Records He then released his album Garth
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