Why Garth Brooks Considers His Parents His Biggest Inspiration

by Joe Rutland

Country music superstar Garth Brooks doesn’t mince words when talking about who has been the biggest inspiration in his life.

He talked about his parents, Troyal and Colleen Brooks, during a 2019 interview with television station KIVI in Boise, Idaho.

“You never met my mom and dad, did you?” Brooks said while laughing. “I was the last of six kids. I always thought — and this isn’t a statement of humbleness, it’s a statement of honesty — I always thought we were lucky.”

Garth Brooks, who is married to country music star Trisha Yearwood, said he felt “really grateful” for his success. “Now, this long in my career, I feel even more grateful every day.”

Garth Brooks Said It’s Best To Surround Yourself With People Who Love You

The multiple-diamond-selling record star said it’s not “politically correct” at the time “to tell people what your Higher Power is.”

“Mine’s God and Christ,” Brooks said. “That’s where it’s at. Because, if you think that you’re the smartest thing that’s living on this planet, we’re all in trouble, right? You gotta surround yourself with people that you love, that love you, who’s gonna be honest with you. That’s hard to find.”

His father died in 2010 while his mother died in 1999. But Garth Brooks sees their image in others that they touched.

“My mom and dad still live in a lot of people,” he said. “My mom and dad were (my) best heroes and my worst critics. So that’s what inspires me. I’m carrying their name.”

That’s pretty cool, to see and read that Brooks still holds their memory close to his heart.

Country Music Star Once Held 23-Plus-Hour Autograph Marathon

While the sweet memories of parents keep Garth Brooks centered, one time he felt like he needed to prove a point.

Brooks talked about holding a 23-plus-hour autograph signing marathon in a recent appearance on the “Set It Straight: Myths and Legends” podcast.

He went out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on June 11, 1996. That’s where Nashville’s Fan Fair was happening and where Brooks signed a ton of autographs.

“I’d love to tell you that it was just done out of love and stuff but the real story behind it was we had a new regime at the label come in,” Brooks said. “There were rumors that older acts were going to go out [and] new ones were actually going to come in and replace them. Which is normal always at labels but one of the older acts was me.”

His unannounced appearance was at a livestock building, “Rolling Stone” reported. Brooks sat for 23 hours, 10 minutes as fans braved rain and traffic for a signature.

It got the label’s attention and sent a message: the heart of country music lies with its fans.