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- Garth Brooks Opens Up About Relationship With Wife Trisha Yearwood, Reveals Why His First Marriage Didn’t Work Out
- ‘I felt like I just met my wife,’ Brooks has said of meeting Yearwood
- Brooks split from his first wife in 2001
- He calls his ex-wife ‘phenomenal’
- MORE STORIES FROM BIOGRAPHY
- Brooks and Yearwood’s initial encounter was in the studio
- Brooks calls Yearwood the ‘real deal’ and says he’s ‘very lucky’
- The pair puts their marriage and family above everything else
- Brooks says Yearwood makes him ‘better’ in all aspects of life
- 1. When Garth Surprised Trisha With A Special Guest For Her Birthday
- 2. When They Celebrated A “Marshmallow” Christmas
- 3. When Garth Had A Texas-Size Birthday Surprise For Trisha
- 4. When They Performed Classic Country Duets During The CMAs
- 5. When They Danced In Their Kitchen To Christmas Music
- Garth Brooks Opens Up About His First Marriage In Tell-All Interview
- Garth Brooks is up for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s CMAs.
- He and his longtime love Trisha Yearwood are getting ready to celebrate their 14th anniversary this December.
- Here’s the story of how country music’s reigning power couple met and fell in love.
With Garth Brooks up for the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award at the 53rd Country Music Association Awards (alongside Carrie Underwood, no less!), we’ve been reminiscing on his magical love story with fellow singer Trisha Yearwood. Yes, they’re now one of country music’s most recognizable couples—but did you know the two were friends before either singer was signed by a record label?
Believe it or not, the pair met in 1987 while recording a demo at songwriter Kent Blazy’s attic studio and immediately hit it off.
“It’s strange because I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife, but I’d been married for 13 months,” Garth, 57, said of their first meeting in a 2013 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (Trisha was also married at the time, to musician Chris Latham.)
Garth and Trisha on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno all the way back in 1997. NBC
Garth promised Trisha, now 55, that she could open for him once he got a record deal, according to CMT. Two years later, following the release of his first album, Garth kept his word and the two friends went on tour together. They also collaborated on duets such as “Like We Never Had a Broken Heart” from Trisha’s debut album and “In Another’s Eyes,” which appeared on her 1997 record, A Collection of Hits.
Garth retired to spend more time with his daughters in 2002, and a year later, he and Sandy filed for divorce. By that point, Trisha had divorced, remarried, and split with her second husband, bass player Bobby Reynolds.
Quietly and away from the public eye, romance began to blossom for the longtime friends. In 2002, they were spotted holding hands at a memorial service for Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard—their first public acknowledgment of their feelings for each other. After that, they made appearances together here and there, at events and restaurants.
Here, Trisha and Garth are photographed arriving at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Getty Images
Speaking with Ellen DeGeneres about the dissolution of his first marriage and his burgeoning relationship with Trisha, Garth couldn’t help but get a little romantic.
“You keep hacking , you work and you work, and then comes that time where you’re looking at the rest of your life going, how do you want to live it?” he told the TV host. ” is somebody who I always enjoyed being around, and we had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did and we started seeing each other after the divorce, after we came off tour.”
Garth and Trisha share a kiss onstage during the 50th annual CMA Awards in 2016. Getty Images
The couple got engaged in 2005 at Hee Haw star Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, a country music venue in Bakersfield, California. They were there for the unveiling of bronze statues of Garth and fellow music legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Elvis.
When Garth’s statue was revealed, the likeness featured a wedding band on its left hand—a dead giveaway of what was about to happen. “You’re not going in front of these people?” Trisha asked, mock pouting.
Garth and Trisha dress up to attend the 52nd annual CMA Awards in 2018. John Shearer / Getty Images
On stage, in front of a crowd of 7,000 people, Garth got down on one knee, removed his hat, and asked, “Will you marry me?” Even though they’d been living together for years at that point, friends say Trisha was stunned.”Her knees were like Jell-O,” talent coordinator Jerry Hufford told People.
She said yes, of course, all the while shedding tears of joy. They tied the knot later that year at their Oklahoma home, in the presence of just four family members.
Since then, the couple has proven that their partnership is a strong one. They’ve toured together, performed at the CMA Awards together, and, even released a joint album.
Trisha and Garth perform together during the taping of an ABC and Disney Channel holiday TV special in 2016. Getty Images
This year, they will celebrate their 14-year wedding anniversary on December 10—but they won’t be alone. Each year, in addition to a romantic experience for themselves, they host a “group anniversary” with their children.
“When I married Garth, he had three daughters, so I became a ‘bonus mom,'” Trisha explained to Rachael Ray in an interview back in June 2019. “You’re a bonus mom because the girls have a mom, so I get to be another woman in their life who loves them.”
As Trisha puts it, “Our anniversary is our anniversary,” emphasizing the girls’ role in their marriage. Cheers to year 14, you two!
Garth Brooks Opens Up About Relationship With Wife Trisha Yearwood, Reveals Why His First Marriage Didn’t Work Out
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are getting ready to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary on December 10. The country music power couple wed in 2005, but the seeds of their relationship were actually planted decades earlier, when they first met.
‘I felt like I just met my wife,’ Brooks has said of meeting Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks | Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Brooks, 57, and Yearwood, 55, first met in 1987 when they were both in the early stages of their careers. Each was married at the time, Brooks to his first wife Sandy Mahl and Yearwood to Christopher Latham. But Brooks has said that he felt an immediate connection with Yearwood.
“I had been married 13 months when I met her,” the “Friends in Low Places” singer said during a press event promoting the A&E’s new documentary about his life, The Road I’m On, Us Weekly reported. “When someone said, ‘What’d you think when I met her?’ I said, ‘I felt like I just met my wife,’ which is weird, right?”
While both were in committed relationships, Yearwood and Brooks became friends. Years later, that friendship blossomed into something more.
Brooks split from his first wife in 2001
Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl in 1995 | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images
By the year 2000, Brooks was one of the most successful recording artists in the world. But fame had taken a toll. He separated from Mahl in 1999; the pair finalized their divorce in 2001. In 2000, he stepped away from music to focus more on his family. (He and Mahl had three young children.)
It was after his marriage ended that his friendship with Yearwood turned into something more. He had moved to Oklahoma where he was living with his daughters — and getting used to being a more hands-on dad.
“And my best friend showed up,” he recalled, according to Us Weekly. “It was good, helped me out a lot. She didn’t have children either, so we were kind of the blind leading the blind.”
While Brooks is happily married now, he says he’s glad that he and Yearwood did not begin a relationship until later in their lives.
“If we would have gotten married back in the late ’80s I don’t think our marriage would have survived the ‘90s or our careers would not be what they were,” he told Fox News.
“So I think everything happens right at the right time,” he added. “And if she was the mother of the children, our three children wouldn’t be who they are either. They got the right amount of their mom in them, the right amount of me in them, and the right amount of Trisha’s influence in them as well.”
He calls his ex-wife ‘phenomenal’
In the new documentary (which aired Dec. 2 and 3), Mahl talks about her relationship with Brooks and how his growing fame put pressure on their marriage.
“People constantly wanting your attention and yanking and pulling on him,” she said. “He’d be gone eight to 10 weeks at a time … we both grew apart really, really quickly.”
After watching the film, Brooks says he finally has a better understanding of his ex’s experience.
“I know things that either I didn’t hear or that she didn’t say until now,” he said, according to Us Weekly. He also called his former wife “phenomenal,” adding echoing her comments that his time away were bad for their relationship.
“ gone so much on the road , there were things I guess she was me that I didn’t hear until this biography,” he said. “It’s rare you get to hear the other side.”
If you need marriage advice, Trisha Yearwood may have all the answers you’re searching for. After being married to the love of her life, Garth Brooks, for over 13 years, the country music star revealed her secret to maintaining a healthy and happy relationship in a new interview.
“We do date nights, but, honestly, we are apart maybe five days a year,” the 54-year-old recently gushed to Us Weekly at the release of her new album, Let’s Be Frank, on Wednesday, February 13. “We really have made a conscious effort since getting married to not be apart, so we’ve toured together. If I’m doing something, he’ll be with me, even if you don’t see him, he’ll be in the hotel or around.”
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The Trisha’s Table author even dished the reason why she and her hubby, 57, are so inseparable. “We’re not always together, but we’ve been married before, and we decided we don’t want to be apart. So let’s make an effort to make sure that’s our priority and we’ve been able to do it,” Trisha said. She was previously married to Christopher Latham from 1987 to 1991 and to Robert Reynolds from 1994 to 1999, while Garth was married to Sandy Mahl from 1986 to 2001.
Trisha and the “Friends in Low Places” crooner might be attached at the hip, but they still know how to get on each other’s nerves. However, Trisha said “you have to learn how to argue well.” Which is something that the “How Do I Live” songstress has to work on considering she can get “real hotheaded quick” during a disagreement, while her hubby is “more calm” and “not really an arguer.”
But while every marriage requires work, Trisha knows she has a good one. “I’m madly in love with him,” she exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly in late January. “We were such good friends for such a long time , so I think at the end of the day, it’s the friendship and the respect that sustains you.”
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It’s a relationship made in country music heaven: Two unknown singers meet almost two decades before they tie the knot, admiring each other’s professional careers enough to collaborate before eventually finding love and companionship with each other. In the intervening years, both would become international recording superstars, with one becoming the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history moving more than 148 million albums.
One would retire early to spend time raising children before storming back up the charts and performing to sold-out stadiums across the country. The other would also put a career on hold to focus on other interests and become a New York Times bestselling author of three cookbooks and host of an Emmy-winning culinary television series.
Who’s love story is this? Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s, of course.
Brooks and Yearwood’s initial encounter was in the studio
Brooks and Yearwood first met in 1987 while recording a demo track. Both were unknowns in the industry with Yearwood reportedly receiving $10 for her contribution that day, while Brooks walked away with nothing.
Brooks recalled that first meeting to Ellen DeGeneres in 2013, saying he had that feeling “like when you just meet your wife.” Yearwood remembers the pair hitting it off on a personal level, but according to CMT, professionally she “had no idea he’d turn out to be Garth Brooks!”
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks perform during the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on July 6, 2013, in Norman, Oklahoma.
Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink
Brooks calls Yearwood the ‘real deal’ and says he’s ‘very lucky’
Brooks and Yearwood remained friends after the studio session and after some professional highs and personal lows, their paths led them to each other. “We had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did,” Brooks told DeGeneres.
Though they had known each other through the music industry, Brooks says he and Yearwood finally got to see each other “as people. And I gotta tell you, if you like her and don’t know her you’ll love her, and if you love her and don’t know her you’re gonna worship her. She’s the real deal and I’m very lucky.”
The “Lost in You” singer and Yearwood allowed their romantic relationship to blossom away from the public spotlight before making their first public appearance as a couple in 2002. Brooks proposed to Yearwood on May 25, 2005, during the unveiling of 10 bronze statues of country music artists – one of which was Brooks – at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. Brooks had sculptor Bill Rains include a wedding ring on his likeness and in front of 7,000 people he removed his hat, dropped to one knee and proposed. Yearwood replied in the affirmative and Brooks refers to the day as “one of the greatest in my life.”
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks rehearse for the 2016 ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ TV special.
Photo: Peter Kramer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images
The pair puts their marriage and family above everything else
The couple married December 10 the same year and made a pact to never be apart. Brooks was still retired when they wed and Yearwood cut her tour dates “way down” in order to be by her husband’s side, according to Parade. The “Georgia Rain” singer even quit touring and focused on her cookbooks and cooking show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen in order to do “something creatively” at home and not be away from her husband.
Yearwood told People that Brooks’ three daughters had to approve of her before the marriage took place. “I’m ‘bonus’ mom,” Yearwood says of her relationship with the now-grown women. “Garth gave me good advice in the beginning: Don’t try to be their mom and don’t try to be their best friend, you’ll find your way. And I think I did with each of them. They’re just lovely young women.”
When Brooks and Yearwood returned to performing, they ensured they toured together as often as possible. The secret to the success of their marriage is staying true to the pact of being physically present. “We do date nights, but honestly, we are apart maybe five days a year,” Yearwood told Us Weekly in 2019. “We really have made a conscious effort since getting married to not be apart, so we’ve toured together. If I’m doing something, he’ll be with me, even if you don’t see him, he’ll be in the hotel or around.”
Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for iHeartMedia
Brooks says Yearwood makes him ‘better’ in all aspects of life
Brooks refers to his wife as “Queen,” and whenever she appears on Brooks’ social media postings, it’s that regal moniker that usually accompanies the images.
“Being on stage with her is the same as being off stage,” an emotional Brooks shared about Yearwood on the TODAY Show in 2019. “On stage she makes you want to be a better singer. She makes you want to be a better entertainer. Offstage, she makes you want to be a better man, a better husband, a better friend. … I’d marry her in a heartbeat again if it came down to it.”
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood might seem to have the perfect marriage, but there is one thing the couple consistently argue about. Brooks recently shared that while they do agree on almost everything, when it comes to music, they often disagree!
Brooks and Yearwood might disagree about music, but Brooks acknowledges he likely wouldn’t have his career without her. The Country Music Hall of Fame member met Yearwood early in his career and credits her with much of his success.
“She’s the bomb,” boasted Brooks. “We counted it up the other day, just out of fun. I think she sang on over 90 songs in our career. That’s her singing background vocals from way back, the first record, up to here. So she’s as much the Garth Brooks sound, or the cooler part of it, than Garth is. She’s great.”
Brooks recently opened up about the first time he met Yearwood, when he was still married to his first wife, Sandy Mahl.
“I’m like, ‘Wow,'” Brooks recalled of his first encounter with Yearwood, while singing a demo together, which he shared in his upcoming A&E documentary, The Road I’m On. “We had a great time. I remember everything about it. I remember everything down to the clothes she was wearing.”
“I said, ‘It’s crazy,'” added Brooks, who was still married to Mahl at the time. “I feel like I just met my wife.”
Brooks and Yearwood will celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary on Dec. 10, where they will be joined, as they are every year, by Brooks’ three daughters.
“She got married to the girls. They exchanged rings and everything,” Brooks told Entertainment Tonight. “So, all five of us enjoy our anniversary together. We’ll go somewhere to dinner, and it will be five minutes until I realize I’m the weak link of the chain of all the women there, and it’ll just be great. As long as everybody’s healthy, that’s all you care about.”
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Country superstars have been married for 12 years
After nearly 14 years of marriage, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are more in love than ever.
With that being said, even the longtime loves can get into heated discussions.
Brooks, 57, admitted in a new interview that things can get “intense” between the two.
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“We’re coming up on 14 years of marriage so we’re kind of in that stage where we have discussions that are intense, a little more than usual,” Brooks told Us Weekly.
The singer said it’s their disagreements that help him to understand a different point of view.
Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks attend the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in New York. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
“I think how she inspires me is she thinks differently than me. And so it forces you out of just what you think you know, into what don’t you know, and to look over in there,” he told the outlet.
Yearwood chimed in: “I think what he’s saying is that he listens to me and I’m usually right.”
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Fox News caught up with the powerhouse country couple earlier this year, when Yearwood, 55, revealed her husband’s handyman skills are useful around the home.
“He is a whatever-it-takes-guy,” Yearwood told us about her superstar husband. “He is. I saw him looking up a video on how to repair the sink in the bathroom, and he did it from watching a video.
“If I go, ‘Hey, I need a dress for tonight and I don’t have time to go shopping,’ he could buy the dress and it would be perfect. I’m telling you, he is amazing,” the “Wrong Side of Memphis” singer continued.
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Brooks couldn’t help but sing his wife’s praises and offered up his own anecdote about Yearwood’s willingness to get her hands dirty around the house.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood married in 2005. (Reuters)
“That’s very sweet. I can one-up her,” Brooks began. “I needed some help stringing fence once, and she put some Carhartts on and we went out and strung fence, and I’ve been in love ever since.”
Yearwood married the “More Than a Memory” crooner in 2005 after two previous marriages and is the stepmother to Brooks’ three daughters from his previous marriage to Sandy Mahl.
On December 10, 2005, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were married, and instantly become one of country music’s power couples. All of these years later, and Garth and Trisha are still one of the most-talked about couples in country music, especially since embarking on a world tour in September 2014.
The duo has performed with one another many times in the past, and released their first album together in November 2016. Called Christmas Together, the album features Garth and Trisha’s renditions of beloved holiday classics. It topped the country charts following its release, further proving their power couple status.
During many of their interviews over the years, Garth and Trisha have been more than happy to gush about one another’s talents. Garth refers to Trisha as “The Queen,” and the nickname has stuck so well that other artists even referred to her as such at the 2016 CMA Awards.
Garth and Trisha’s affection for one another is clear, and it shows through in everything they do. So to celebrate the love that these two share, we’ve gathered up five of their most adorable moments that have ever been caught on camera. Click the button below to get started!
1. When Garth Surprised Trisha With A Special Guest For Her Birthday
Trisha wasn’t touring with Garth yet on her birthday in 2014, but she was in the audience for his show in Atlanta, Georgia.
During the show, Garth brought Trisha up on stage and got the entire audience to sing “Happy Birthday” before he surprised her with a four-tiered cake topped with a tiara. See where the “Queen” thing comes in?
Garth rushed over to put the tiara on Trisha’s head, but not without stopping to lick the icing off of it first. As Garth situated the tiara on Trisha’s head, she lovingly wiped the icing off of his face.
You can tell that Trisha was surprised, but Garth had an even better surprise waiting for her backstage. Suddenly, Kelly Clarkson walked out on stage with a piece of birthday cake in her hand for Trisha! Trisha couldn’t contain her excitement as she embraced her good friend and “PrizeFighter” duet partner.
We’d say when it came to Trisha’s birthday in 2014, Garth did a great job at surprising her!
2. When They Celebrated A “Marshmallow” Christmas
Every year, people young and old look forward to Disney’s Magical Holiday Celebration. The show is always filled with fun performances from some of music’s biggest stars, along with plenty of Disney magic.
For the 2016 production, Garth and Trisha were invited to come and perform one of the songs off of Christmas Together. They picked the sugary tune “A Marshmallow World,” and their performance was too sweet to handle.
Just one look at the smiles on Garth and Trisha’s faces as they sang is enough to make anyone blush. Seriously, have you seen a duet more adorable than this?
3. When Garth Had A Texas-Size Birthday Surprise For Trisha
My birthday…bigger and better in Texas! Thank you for a wonderful night! xoxo trisha #gbtyontour
Posted by Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, September 19, 2015
Are you catching on to a theme here? Once again, Garth had another surprise in store for Trisha’s birthday, this time during one of their World Tour concerts in Texas in 2015.
The cake and tiara theme from 2014 carried over, with Garth once again placing a tiara on Trisha’s head after he led the huge Texas crowd in singing “Happy Birthday.”
Garth also surprised Trisha with a big bouquet of flowers, which she held in her arms as Garth and the crowd sang to her. Then, while placing the tiara on Trisha’s head, Garth thanked Trisha for being there, referencing his song “Friends In Low Places” in the process.
“I just want to tell you how much I love you and how much I thank you for spending your birthday with probably the best friends in low places that you will have,” he said.
After Trisha thanked the audience, she pulled Garth in for an affectionate kiss, much to the delight of the crowd.
4. When They Performed Classic Country Duets During The CMAs
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Posted by CMA Country Music Association on Wednesday, November 2, 2016
The 2016 CMA Awards were all about celebrating country music’s history. As the 50th anniversary of the CMAs, the ceremony was packed full of tributes to country music greats.
Everything about the show was kept pretty hush hush, but fans knew from early on that Garth and Trisha would perform. Bit by bit, we learned that the couple was in charge of singing some of the greatest classic country songs and duets of all time.
Garth and Trisha sang everything from Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn‘s “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” to Johnny and June Carter Cash’s “Jackson,” as you see in the clip above. Their performance was highly-praised, and it’s no surprise why. These two are electric whenever they share the stage!
But beyond their vocal talents, this moment perfectly showcased the adorable nature of the couple’s relationship. Honestly, does it get any more romantic than singing classic country duets with the one you love?
5. When They Danced In Their Kitchen To Christmas Music
For the 2016 holiday season, Garth and Trisha teamed up for a series of commercials about the Amazon Echo. The handy little gadget is voicecontrolled, and you can ask it questions or have it order stuff for you online.
All of Garth and Trisha’s Echo commercials were adorable and hilarious, but we fell in love with the one titled “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” In the short clip, Trisha can be seen standing in her kitchen while listening to her and Garth’s recording of “Baby It’s Cold Outside.”
Suddenly, Garth comes gliding in and the couple dances around in the kitchen. Then Trisha asks Echo what the weather’s like, and when she says it’s warm outside, Trisha tells Garth he still has to mow the lawn! It seems that Garth’s cute little dance with his wife was just an attempt to convince her otherwise.
It was quite the challenge to narrow down this list, because Garth and Trisha have shared so many sweet moments together. But out of everything we included here, which moment was your favorite?
We’d like to wish Garth and his “Queen” many more years of happiness together!
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Get this out of the way first: Trisha Yearwood’s hubby, fella named Garth Brooks, might show up at her gig at Playhouse Square Sunday, since he’s playing one of his Dive Bar Tour dates at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown the very next day, and Yearwood might show up at his show.
Or they might not.
It’s not like the overlap was a planned thing, after all.
“I find out when those things are where with the rest of America,” said a chuckling Yearwood, noting her husband’s show wasn’t revealed to the public until this past Tuesday. “I’m just now digesting that he’s playing there.
“I don’t think he even knew I was playing Cleveland the night before,” she said, but allowed that the two, who have been married since December 2005, will “probably be somewhere” in the same vicinity during that time, especially since her next show after the Cleveland gig isn’t until Nov. 2. And that tour stop is in Tulsa, which happens to be her husband’s hometown.
Yearwood, who has launched her first solo tour in five years, has three Grammy wins out of her 25 nominations and is a multiple winner of both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association female vocalist of the year. Brooks has his own pedigree, but as a wise husband, it’s a safe bet that he’d say he “married up.”
Yearwood is touring in support of her latest album, “Every Girl,” taken from the lead single “Every Girl in This Town.” The album includes guest appearances by Kelly Clarkson, Patty Loveless, Don Henley and yes, even Brooks.
Having that many guests wasn’t the initial plan she and longtime producer Garth Fundis had when they started on the album, her first collection of new music since “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” in 2007, although she did put out a Christmas album and an homage to the era of Frank Sinatra’s music called “Let’s Be Frank” since then.
Duets weren’t really the plan to begin with.
“I think the songs dictate the kind of direction the album takes,” said Yearwood, and sometimes that means changing direction. “Even when you’re recording the song, sometimes you’re not thinking about that at all, bur you start hearing those harmonies” in your head.
Clarkson adds high harmonies on “Something I Don’t Know” and she tapped Loveless for “Bible and a .44.”
“She was one of the first artists I met when I moved to town, and was always so nice to me,” Yearwood said. “I could hear that high lonesome harmony” on “Bible and a .44.”
As for “Love You Anyway,” the tune that features the Eagles’ Henley as her partner, it originally was just a piano and vocal song. Then she and Fundis decided to add strings, but Henley’s voice made the strings redundant, she said, so they were removed.
Nor was there a plan for a duet with Brooks. It just happened.
“With Garth, people assume he’s going to do what I say because we live in the same house,” Yearwood said. “I don’t want to abuse that relationship in that way and expect him to sing on any record.”
The duets play into one of her favorite aspects of singing: doing harmonies.
“I love to sing harmony,” Yearwood said. “Because I could read music, I was always the one in the school chorus who got the alto part because I could read. I’m never singing the melody and always singing the harmony in church.
“As a lead singer, I don’t get to do that much,” she said. The beauty of harmony? “You’re not trying to stand out; you’re trying to add texture to the song without standing out.”
Yearwood feels a special appreciation for “Every Girl” because she went about it differently, without an eye towards radio or singles.
“That gave us this freedom to have a good time in the studio,” she said.
Much to her surprise, the promotion team she shares with Brooks, as well as CMA CEO Sarah Trahern urged her to take the album to radio. The results have been a pleasant surprise: The title cut debut at No. 21 on Billboard’s country charts, the highest of her career.
“I don’t know if it’s a lesson or what,” she said. “The very thing I was saying wasn’t going to happen is what is happening. I couldn’t be more happy with the record.”
The lyrics, though written by others, pretty much exemplify Yearwood’s spirit:
Every girl in this town is somebody’s daughter An angel, a devil, no matter what they call her If they try to hold you down under that water Just come up baptized baby, let it make you stronger
She’s gone from being a schoolteacher’s daughter to a country superstar, a cook with her own TV show on the Food Network (“Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” airs on the Food Network at noon Saturdays).
“I think there’s so many parallels,” she said. “Music and food go together. We eat something our mom made for us when we were kids and it’s comfort food.”
For her, performing and seeing that sonic “yummy” on the faces in the audience, is her own kind of comfort food.
“If I had to pick between music and cooking, it’d be music,” she said. “Music is what feeds my soul.”
And fans are just happy she wanted another bite.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
Opener: Kim Richey.
Tickets: $45 to $95, plus fees, at the box office, playhousesquare.org and by phone at 216-241-6000.
- Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood have been married since 2005.
- In an interview with Good Morning America, Trisha explained the secret to their 14-year marriage.
- Before Trisha, Garth was married to Sandy Mahl for 15 years. Trisha was previously married to Christopher Latham for four years and Robert Reynolds for five years.
For country music couple Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks, making each other a priority is the glue that keeps them together.
Speaking to Good Morning America recently, the Food Network host said that despite their hectic schedules, she and the “Unanswered Prayers” singer constantly do their best to make time for each other.
“You have to make it a conscious effort to make sure that you put each other first, and we do that, and sometimes it’s not easy,” Trisha said. “We have to compromise, and that’s really what it’s about. We’re friends at the end of the day, and we enjoy each other’s company and like being together.”
Trisha and Garth met back in 1987 while recording a demo. At the time, Garth was still married to his first wife, Sandy Mahl, while Trisha was married to Christopher Latham.
“It’s strange because I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife, but I’d been married for 13 months,” Garth explained in a 2013 Ellen Degeneres Show interview. “Being married, it’s gotta be right. This is who you went to college with, and you were married in front of God and your family and everything.”
In 2001, Garth called it quits with Sandy — two years after Trisha split with her second husband, Robert Reynolds. Garth and Trisha got engaged and tied the knot in 2005.
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“When you meet someone, you know,” Garth told Parade in 2016 when the publication asked the couple how each knew the other person was the one. Trisha also added, “It was probably the minute I met him, even though I didn’t know it at the time. I just think we’re meant to be.”
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A storybook love. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are one of the country music’s most famous couples, but they’ve definitely had their ups and downs.
“People thought, Well, two celebrities who are in the same business, they won’t last,’” Yearwood shared with Us Weekly in 2018. “I’m invested in this family, this is what I want for myself and no offense to anything else in my past, but I get it, I get it now and this is what I want. So we just earn it. Day by day.”
She also added that in order to make their relationship work, they’re all about the scheduling. “We plan our days if we’re gonna be apart so that we can get back together as soon as possible,” the “Walkaway Joe” singer said.
The following year, the two-time Grammy Award winner said that he’s continuously learning more about his wife — something he can’t get enough of.
“I think how she inspires me is she thinks differently than me. And so it forces you out of just what you think you know, into what don’t you know, and to look over in there,” he told Us ahead of their 14-year wedding anniversary. “We’re kind of in that stage where we have discussions that are intense, a little more than usual.”
“I think what he’s saying is that he listens to me and I’m usually right,” Yearwood responded.
Over the years, the pair couldn’t help but compliment each other. “I just want to be wherever she’s at. I love breathing the same air she’s breathing,” the “Long Neck Bottle” crooner told Parade magazine in 2016. In that same interview, she revealed that it’s all about really knowing each other.
“I just think we’re meant to be,” the three-time Grammy Award winner said. “We have a friendship that’s a great base for all of it.”
In 2019, Brooks took home the Entertainer of the Year Award at the American Music Awards. They shared a long kiss when he was announced as the winner and at the end of his speech, he couldn’t help but send love to his wife. “I love you Trisha Yearwood,” he yelled.
Scroll through the gallery below for a timeline of their relationship:
Garth Brooks Opens Up About His First Marriage In Tell-All Interview
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After 10 years together, it’s hard to imagine Garth Brooks with anyone else but Trisha Yearwood. But Yearwood is not the first lady in Brooks’ life, he had actually been married once before.
Brooks met his first wife, Sandy Mahl, in college and the two married 1986. They went on to have three daughters together, and at the same time, Brooks became a major country music star.
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The marriage was not necessarily a happy one for Brooks, but as he says in an interview with Country Fancast, he was determined to make it work:
“Being married, it’s gotta be right. This is who you went to college with and you were married in front of God and your family and everybody. Still, at the end of the day, There comes that time where you’re looking at the rest of your life and going, ‘How do you want to live it?’”
Part of the reason Brooks felt a lack of a connection to his wife was because of Yearwood herself. Brooks met Yearwood for the first time a little over a year after marrying Mahl, and he says he was swept away by her.
“I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife,” Brooks told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
Despite his feelings for Yearwood, Brooks still tried to make his marriage last, but after announcing his retirement in 2000, the marriage ended a year later. Mahl has never remarried, and is a successful businesswoman and dedicated wildlife rehabilitator.
Yearwood and Brooks started dating shortly after the end of his marriage, before the two of them tied the knot in 2005. Now, the duo is considered to be one of country’s greatest power couples, and Yearwood has been touring with Brooks since he made his comeback and took off on his World Tour.
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Brooks says that he has found a happiness with Yearwood that he never knew existed. “I never knew it could be like this,” he says. “I never knew that every day you could feel like this.”
You can hear Brooks talk more about his relationship with Yearwood in his interview with Ellen below, where he also talks about raising his three daughters.
We’re glad that Brooks has finally found some happiness in life, and we wish him and Yearwood many more years of happiness together.
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