Our Song Spotlight this week highlights a tune by a true country superstar. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Garth Brooksâ early musical influences included a variety of artists ranging from James Taylor to George JonesâŠbut it was ultimately George Straitâs single, âUnwound,â that hooked him on country. Garth attended Oklahoma State University on a track scholarship, and graduated with a degree in advertisingâŠsomething thatâs no doubt come in handy during his subsequent music career, which has been stellar in every respect. With over 134 million albums sold, Garth has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century. He is also the fastest-selling album artist in RIAA history, and the only solo artist to have 6 albums top the 10 million mark. Awards? From the AMA, to CMA, to Billboard, to the Grammys and moreâŠthere are just too many to list here. In 2011, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and in 2012 he followed that up with an induction into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. SoâŠhow much more could one guy possibly have going for him? Well, for starters, heâs married to a lady with one of the greatest female voices in country musicâŠTrisha Yearwood. Recently he came out of retirement to begin his world tour with Trisha, and theyâve already sold over a million tickets in just over four months.
Garthâs most recent contribution to the countdown comes in the form of a tune titled, âMom.â Written by Don Sampson and Wynn Varble, itâs an emotional song about a conversation between God and an unborn child whoâs afraid to leave heaven and go to earth. God assures the baby that thereâs a woman there who will take care of his every need, and ultimately put him on the path to bring him back to Him. Just how emotional is it? Well, itâs a tough one for even Garth to sing. He says, "It took me almost a month to get it together to record it. My producer finally told me to âman upâ and do it." And âdo itâ he did. Whether heâs singing on the Ellen Degeneres show, Good Morning America, or at a concertâŠpeople are visibly and understandably moved to tears. Havenât heard it yet? No problem, you can do that right now, right here at CT40.com. Simply locate the title under the âHEARâ category, and enjoy! (Oh, and donât forget the tissues).
CONNECT WITH GARTH BROOKS: