Signed a songwriter's contract for publishing purposes; hooked up with manager Bob Doyle
Released his self-titled debut album, featuring the melancholic hit single "The Dance"; album went on to become a multiplatinum seller, and the most successful country album of the 1980s
Followed up success with the multiplatinum "No Fences", spawning the hit singles "Friends in Low Places" and "The Thunder Rolls"
Hit album "Ropin' the Wind" debuted at #1 on both the country and pop charts; the hit-filled album scored numerous Academy of Country Music Awards, <i>Billboand</i> Music Awards, American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards as well as a Grammy
Headlined the NBC variety special "This Is Garth Brooks"
Released "Beyond the Season", a holiday album with proceeds going to Feed the Children
"The Chase", his fifth album is released, hitting #1 on <i>Billboard</i>'s pop and country album charts; graces the covers of <i>Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, Saturday Evening Post</i> and <i>Forbes</i>
Named Entertainer of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association
In protest of the marketing of used CDs and its subsequent drain on the purchase of new albums, threatened to pull his releases from any retailers that sold pre-owned recordings
Released the album "In Pieces", his third (and the third ever) album to debut at #1 on both <i>Billboard</i>'s pop and country charts
Sold out three shows at Dallas' Texas Stadium in a record-breaking 92 minutes; filmed second special "This Is Garth Brooks Too!" (NBC)
Seventh studio album "Fresh Horses" released to multiplatinum chart-topping sales
Starred in third NBC special "The Hits"
Featured in the VH-1 special "Garth Brook: Storytellers"
Released "Sevens", featuring the hit single "To Make You Feel My Love" from the soundtrack of the romance "Hope Floats"
Headlined HBO special "Garth -- Live From Central Park"
Was host of and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" (January)
Released "Garth Brooks: The Limited Series", a box set of his first 6 CDs and "Double Live", an aptly titled live double album
Received Artist of the Decade as well as Artist of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music
Premiered his alt-rock alter ego Chris Gaines (his character in the as-yet unproduced feature "The Lamb") with the album "The Life of Chris Gaines"
Wrote and performed "When You Come Back to Me", the theme from the time travel tearjerker "Frequency"; earned Golden Globe nomination
Plans for a Graceland-like museum/home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee were shot down by the city council
In October, two weeks after announcing his impending divorce, announced plans to enter semi-retirement, slated to possibly release two albums in 2001 but choosing not to tour in support of any releases until his children are grown
Hosted three live variety specials that aired on CBS under the catch-all title "Garth Brooks: Coast to Coast Live"
Comes out of retirement with a five-year contract to perform at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
Releases comeback album <i>Man Against Machine</i> via his own online digital distribution company GhostTunes