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Garth Brooks announces new record deal and album

by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 10, 2014
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Garth Brooks performs last July at the OK Twister Relief show at the University of Oklahoma. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive
Garth Brooks performs last July at the OK Twister Relief show at the University of Oklahoma. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Archive

Oklahoma music megastar Garth Brooks announced that he has inked a new record deal with Sony Music Nashville and is working on his first album of new material since retiring in 2001.

The album, which could be a double album, will likely be released sometime around Black Friday.

A longtime holdout on the digital music frontier, Brooks, 52, also said he will soon begin making his music available digitally, but exclusively on GarthBrooks.com, where his Nashville press conference streamed live today.

“You can only be who you are as an artist,” he said of his new music. “I think it’s just gonna be Garth.”

He also addressed the cancellation of his five shows in Dublin, Ireland, that were planned for later this month. He said the announcement of when his highly anticipated comeback tour will be coming around July 14, which is Monday.

“What happened to me in the last 14 years – greatest gift you could ever give somebody. I found my purpose,” said Brooks, who retired from recording and touring in 2001 and moved to Owasso to focus on raising his three daughters. The youngest, Allie, graduated high school in May.

So much big news for Garth Brooks fans was revealed in today’s press conference, so stay tuned here at BAM’s Blog for more.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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