Certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums and is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have six albums top the 10 million mark. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
His most recent release The Ultimate Hits has been certified 5x platinum. His body of work includes groundbreaking albums No Fences, Ropin The Wind, The Hits and Double Live all of which helped propel country music as a genre to the front pages of newspapers and magazines worldwide. Since breaking onto the charts in 1989, Brooks has brought a variety of styles including working class blues, honky tonk, bluegrass and arena rock.
As a songwriter his credits include If Tomorrow Never Comes, The Thunder Rolls, Unanswered Prayers and We Shall Be Free to name a few. Brooks has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including two Grammys®, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, five World Music Awards, 12 Peoples Choice Awards, and 36 Billboard Music Awards.
He was named Artist of the 90s at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards, was named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999. In 2001, in the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Brooks retired and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children.