On This Day: Trisha Yearwood Releases Self-Titled Debut Album in 1991

by Amy Myers

While most times good things come to those who wait, Trisha Yearwood didn’t have to wait very long to become a success in the country music industry. The country icon released her first album in 1991 and immediately after reached stardom. At only 27-years-old, Yearwood’s self-titled debut album reached No. 2 on charts and went Double Platinum.

Several songs on the album climbed Billboard’s country music chart, too. Her debut single, “She’s in Love With the Boy,” hit the No. 1 spot. “That’s What I Like About You” and “The Woman Before Me” also made Top 10. With all of its collective success, Yearwoods’ first album surely helped her earn the 1992 ACM award for Top New Female Vocalist, the first of many awards in her career. However, without the help of this very special colleague, Yearwood may never have gotten the chance she did at the beginning of her country music days.

Trisha Yearwood Made a Pact with Another Country Star

Despite Trisha Yearwood’s incredible success with her debut album, a shadow hung over her happy news. In the same year she released Trisha Yearwood, the star was also in the midst of a divorce with her then-husband, Chris Latham, whom she married in 1987. However, this newly ended relationship left room for Yearwood’s new budding friendship with fellow country star and future husband, Garth Brooks.

As if straight from a romcom, Yearwood and Brooks met at the beginner of their careers as country music stars. Together, the friends made a pact. Whoever succeeded first would then help the other do the same. And so, in 1990, when Brooks began recording his own debut album, No Fences, he invited Yearwood to sing backup vocals on a few songs. This catalyzed Yearwood’s relationship with MCA Records, who later released her freshman album.

While it would be another 14 years before the couple would wed, their friendship and professional relationship blossomed. Brooks also invited Yearwood to tour with him the same year she released her first album. Yearwood opened for him at each show, only perpetuating her rapid climb to the top in country music. She, too, had Brooks featured on her album, and the two sang the duet, “Like We Never Had a Broken Heart.”

Together, the country music stars would take over the industry, while also living parallel lives. Brooks divorced his wife, Sandy Mahl, in 2001, and Yearwood divorced her second husband, Robert Reynolds. Finally, in 2002, the duo began dating and would become the iconic country superstar couple that they still are today.

“I’m madly in love with him,” Yearwood said in 2019. “We were such good friends for such a long time [before we married], so I think at the end of the day, it’s the friendship and the respect that sustains you.”

“Anyone who knows me knows my world begins and ends with Miss Yearwood, so she and I will ride through this together,” Brooks said in 2021.

And to think all of this started with a simple pact between two friends.