Trisha Yearwood

  • Country music singer born Patricia Yearwood in 1964 in Monticello Georgia.
  • Yearwood enjoyed singing at an early age, performing in school musicals and talent shows. In 1985, she moved to Nashville and enrolled at Belmont College, intent on earning a music business degree. As part of the program, she became an intern at MTM Records, and eventually was hired full-time. The record company had a recording studio, and Yearwood made some demo tapes and also sang background vocals for other up-and-coming artists. One of the aspiring artists that she helped was Garth Brooks, and Brooks promised Yearwood that he would help her get a recording contract if he was successful.
  • In 1989, Brooks had his breakthrough, and he brought Yearwood to his record producer, who introduced her to another producer who helped Yearwood with her demo tape to be sent to various record labels. After a performance at a record label showcase event, she was signed to a recording contract, and she was chosen as an opening act for Garth Brooks’ 1991 nationwide tour.
  • Her debut album was the self-titled Trisha Yearwood, released in 1991. It was a huge success, reaching #2 on the Country Albums chart and receiving a 2x platinum certification. She was the first female country artist ever to sell over a million copies of her debut album. Four songs from the album reached the top 10 of the Hot Country Songs chart, including She’s In Love With the Boy, which topped the chart. Over the rest of the 90s, she would have four more #1 songs, and 18 songs that reached the top 20 of the Country chart.
  • Her second album, Hearts In Armor, was released in 1992. It reflected her emotional conflicts following her divorce from her first husband. It was certified platinum, with the single Walkaway Joe (with backing vocals by Don Henley) reaching #2 and Wrong Side of Memphis peaking at #5 on the Country Songs chart. 1993’s The Song Remembers When album also was certified platinum, and the title track peaked at #2 on the chart.
  • After a Christmas album was released in 1994, Yearwood released three more studio albums between 1995 and 1998. Two reached platinum status, and a Greatest Hits compilation released in 1997 became her biggest selling album, topping the Country Albums chart and reaching #4 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It eventually was certified 4x platinum. Singles from these records that topped the Country Songs chart were XXX and OOO’s (An American Girl), Thinkin’ About You, Believe Me Baby (I Lied) and Perfect Love. The Greatest Hits album included a new song, a duet with Garth Brooks titled In Another’s Eyes, that peaked at #2.
  • In 2000, following her second divorce, she released the Real Live Woman album – another album that focused on the emotional trauma of divorce. It charted highly, but it was the beginning of an overall decline in sales of her records. She would only score top 20 hits four times during the 00s, with 2001’s I Would Have Loved You Anyway charting highest at #4 on the Country Songs chart. Yearwood approach to the industry changed in the early 00s when she started dating Garth Brooks, and in 2005 they were married. The couple made a commitment to one another to be together whenever possible – in 2019, Yearwood estimated that they are apart for only five days a year.
  • Yearwood continued to release albums during the 00s and 10s – seven studio album were released, including a Christmas album with Brooks. Beginning in 1991, she was nominated for 27 Grammy Awards, winning three times. In 1997 and 1998, the Country Music Association chose her as Female Vocalist of the Year. She also won a Daytime Emmy Award for her Food Network television show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. As part of her passion for cooking, she published three cookbooks that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List.
  • Trisha Yearwood makes the list of one of the most successful women of country music during the 90s. She was one of the leaders of the evolution of the country-pop sound from that time. Here’s the video to her first big hit, She’s In Love With the Boy.

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