Name:
Trisha Yearwood
Birth Date:
September 19, 1964
Birth Place:
Monticello, Georgia, USA
Height:
5' 8
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
1991: Chart-topping single 'She's in Love with the Boy'
Profession:
actress, musician
Education:
Belmont College (majored in Music Business; 1985)
BIOGRAPHY
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She's in Love With the Boy

Background:

"Songs are like movies to me, and so you put yourself in the movie. You become a character in the movie. The new ones are exciting because they're fresh. But if it's not that, if the story is not what you get into, maybe it's the crowd response. You hit the first chords of 'She's In Love With The Boy' and 20,000 people start to scream, you're pretty motivated. You get what you need. And it's a great story. It works." Trisha Yearwood

Multi-Platinum and Grammy-winning star Trisha Yearwood first attracted the public's attention after launching her self-titled album, Trisha Yearwood, in 1991. The lead single, "She's in Love With the Boy," rocketed to the top of the country charts. The album received double platinum certification and Trisha won the ACM Award for Top New Female Vocalist. She received even more attention with the release of the 1997 Songbook: A Collection of Hits, for which Trisha's wonderful collaboration with Garth Brooks in "In Another's Eyes" handed her a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1998 (she also won a Grammy for the same category with Aaron Neville in "I Fall to Pieces" in 1994). Additionally, Trisha received her first solo Grammy for "How Do I Live" (from the movie Con Air) in 1998 as well as the CMA and ACM for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and 1998.

As for her private life, blonde-haired Trisha is currently dating fellow country superstar and longtime friend Garth Brooks. The couple reportedly became engaged in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005.

She was once married to Christopher Latham and country rock band the Mavericks' bassist Robert Reynolds.

Monticello's Favorite

Childhood and Family:

"All my friends from high school are kidding me about 'Trisha Yearwood Parkway.' I don't know if I have to pick up trash on that stretch of highway or what. My best friend has already taunted me with 'I guess the next thing they're going to do is put bronze markers up on all your old make-out spots.' Seriously, though, I was proud that Monticello wanted to do that for me. The town has been nothing but supportive since Day One. And my parents still live there." Trisha Yearwood

Daughter of Jack Yearwood (local banker) and Gwen Yearwood, Patricia Lynn Yearwood was born on September 19, 1964, in Monticello, Georgia.

Along with her sister Beth, Trisha, whose best buddy is her dog named Roseanne, was raised in a small farming community and spent most of her childhood on her father's farm.

Young Trisha was an excellent student who enjoyed country music. While in school, the big fan of Elvis Presley showed off her singing talent by singing in musicals, choral groups and talent shows. Upon graduating from Piedmont Academy in 1982, Trisha, whose favorite recipe is her mom's Thanksgiving cornbread dressing, attended junior college for two years before studying at the University of Georgia.

Disappointing with campus life, Trisha moved to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music. During her time studying, Trisha was a part-time receptionist for the local MTM Records Company and worked there full-time after graduation. She later was honored by her hometown with the naming of the Trisha Yearwood Parkway.

Off screen, 5' 8" inch tall Trisha was unhappy with her marriages.

She married Christopher Latham in 1986, but the duo divorced in 1991.

She was also married to country rock band the Mavericks' bassist Robert Reynolds, but they divorced in 1999.

How Do I Live

Career:

"I always want to sing, but I don't always want to be trying to have No. 1 records. I don't think you can do it forever. I don't know what the time span of that is going to be. I want to sing because I want to sing."

Starting out as a receptionist for a local company, Trisha Yearwood became an active demo singer and worked as a backup vocalist for growing singer Garth Brooks. After her significant performance on Brooks' 1989 debut and the blockbuster No Fences album (1990), Trisha, who was helped by producer Garth Fundis, staged a showcase performance in 1990 and eventually won a record deal with MCA records.

Shortly after signing a contract, Trisha released her self-titled debut album in 1991. As soon as Trisha hit No. 2 on the country charts, the lead single "She's in Love With the Boy" topped the country charts. The album also spawned three other songs, "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart" (co-written by Brooks), "That's What I Like About You," and "The Woman Before Me," all of which went Top Ten. As a result, the album received double platinum certification and Trisha was honored with an ACM Award for Top New Female Vocalist in 1991.

The following year, Trisha wanted to repeat her success with the release of her second album Hearts in Armor (1992). Though it was not as popular as the previous album, three hit singles, "Wrong Side of Memphis," the Don Henley duet "Walkaway Joe" and "Woman Walk the Line" reached The Top Ten and went platinum.

In 1993, Trisha hit the music store with the title track of 1993's The Song Remembers When. It was accompanied by a cable television concert and soon peaked at No. 2 on the charts. Subsequently, Trisha appeared with a Christmas album titled The Sweetest Gift in 1994.

Trisha won her first Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with "I Fall to Pieces" with Aaron Neville in 1994.

In 1995, Trisha produced more adult oriented, contemporary-style country-pop tunes in her forth album Thinkin' About You. It was popular for the singles "XXX's and OOO's (An American Girl)," "I Wanna Go Too Far" and the title track, all of which reached The Top Ten. She next emerged with Everybody Knows (1996). Though it received a second-rate response from audiences, the title track made the Top Ten and another hit single, "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)," topped the rating charts.

Trisha experienced another breakthrough moment with the release of 1997's Songbook: A Collection of Hits. The hit single "Perfect Love" went to the top, while another hugely successful hit, "In Another's Eyes," a duet with Brooks, roared at number two and brought her a second Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals with Garth Brooks in 1998. Furthermore, the album became her first album to reach the pop Top Five and also topped the country charts.

That same year, Trisha also recorded the Diane Warren-penned ballad "How Do I Live" for the movie soundtrack Con Air. The song not only peaked at No. 2 on the country charts, but was also nominated for a Best Song Oscar. Most notably, the song handed her the first solo Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1998.

Additionally, Trisha was awarded with CMA and ACM awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and 1998.

Adding to her remarkable accomplishments, Trisha launched Where Your Road Leads (1998), with Tony Brown as producer instead of Fundis. The album spawned "There Goes My Baby," "Powerful Thing," and "I'll Still Love You More." Just the same as their predecessors, the singles also went Top Ten.

In 1998, Trisha also added acting to her endeavors. She made her first acting appearance by taking a reoccurring role on the CBS military drama JAG, playing the role of Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Coulter. She also starred in the cable television special A&E Live by Request.

Trisha also provided her voice for the animated children's film The Tangerine Bear (2000).

Entering the new millennium, Trisha recorded a more personal soundtrack that reflected some of her heartbreak and confusion in Real Live Woman (2000). It had such popular tracks as "I'm Still Alive," "Try Me Again," and the Bruce Springsteen cover "Sad Eyes." Trisha followed it with Inside Out (2001), which reached the top of the country charts and produced the Top Five smash "I Would've Loved You Anyway." She then decided to take a short break after 12 years of non-stop touring and career building.

Trisha returned with the release of Jasper County. Commenting about her return, she said, "It's just like coming home. Everything is in the best perspective of my life, both professionally and personally.

I feel wiser. I am just very, very happy. I consciously took a break, but I am not finished. I miss performing, and I do love the applause."

Awards:

  • Academy of Country Music: Female Vocalist Of The Year, 1998
  • Grammy: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, "In Another's Eyes" with Garth Brooks, 1998
  • Grammy: Best Female Country Vocal Performance, "How Do I Live" (from the movie Con Air), 1998
  • ACM: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1998
  • CMA: Female Vocalist of the Year, 1997
  • Grammy: Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, "I Fall to Pieces" with Aaron Neville, 1994
  • ACM: Top New Female Vocalist, 1991
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