Country music singer Trisha Yearwood is married to Garth Brooks, her third husband. The couple have been married since December 2005, although they had been friends since the early 1990s. Brooks is on tour and Yearwood often performs with him, as she has her own collection of hits.
Brooks appeared on Good Morning America on October 28, ahead of a tour stop in Richmond, Virginia from November 11 to November 13. Yearwood and Brooks also recorded a Christmas album, Christmas Together, which will be bundled with The Ultimate Collection. Brooks and Yearwood are also performing at the Rocherfeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on November 30.
Here’s a look at Yearwood’s life and career as a county singer and celebrity chef.
1. Brooks Proposed to Yearwood During a Show in California in 2005
Brooks surprised Yearwood with a proposal on stage, in front of 7,000 fans at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California on May 25, 2005. As People Magazine reported at the time, Brooks and Yearwood walked onto the stage, hand-in-hand, with a statue of Brooks behind them. The statue included a wedding ring, even though they hadn’t married yet.
Brooks then got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” She said yes right away. Then-Palace talent coordinator Jerry Hufford told People:
Her knees were like Jell-O. She was totally stunned. Minutes after the proposal, we asked if she’d like to perform onstage with Garth, and she replied, ‘I don’t think I can make it up the stairs.’ It took her a while to regain composure. You could tell she’d been crying.
The couple married in December 2005 at their Oklahoma home. It’s Yearwood‘s third marriage. She was previously married to Chris Latham from 1987 to 1881 and Robert “Bobby” Reynolds from 1994 to 1999. Yearwood does not have any children herself. Brooks has three daughters from his marriage to Sandy Mahl, which ended in 2000.
Yearwood and Brooks live in Oklahoma, but they did own a home in Malibu. They sold that home in September 2016 for $7 million, The Los Angeles Times reported.
2. Yearwood’s Mother Gwen Was a Major Inspiration for Her Career as a Cook Book Author
Yearwood announced in October 2011 that her mother, Gewn Yearwood, died after a battle with cancer at age 73. Yearwood and her sister, Beth, were by their mother’s side. They asked fans to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in her mother’s honor.
As Taste of Country notes, Gwen Yearwood was Yearwood’s role model when she decided to get into the cook book lane. She has written three cookbooks: Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends; Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours; and Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life. All three books were written with her sister Beth.
Yearwood’s Home Cooking had the distinction of earning a spot on the Worst Cookbooks of 2010 list by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. The group wrote:
States in the Southeast have the highest rates of obesity in the nation, but Yearwood’s recipes are loaded with fat and cholesterol. Garth’s Breakfast Bowl, for example, includes eight large eggs, a pound each of bacon and sausage, cheese tortellini, cheddar cheese, tater tots, and butter.
Yearwood is also a Food Network star, as the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
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3. Yearwood Is a 3-Time Grammy Winner & a 2-Time Academy of Country Music Awards Winner
Yearwood might not be as big as her husband, but her music career got off to a fantastic start. Her debut single, “She’s In Love With The Boy,” topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1991. In 1997, she recorded Diane Warren’s “How Do I Live,” which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. (The song was also recorded by LeAnn Rimes, whose version was a big pop hit.)
Yearwood has three Grammy Awards. In 1994, she shared Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Aaron Neville for “I Fall To Pieces.” She won the same award in 1997 for “In Another’s Eyes” with Brooks. In 1997, she also won Best Female Country Vocal for “How Do I Live.”
She has two awards from the Academy of Country Music: Top New Female Vocalist (1991) and Top Female Vocalist (1997). She also has several nominations, including one for Vocal Event of the Year for 2008’s “Another Try.”
Trisha’s Southern Kitchen also won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Program, tied with The Best Thing I Ever Made. Yearwood wasn’t listed as a producer on the show, so she didn’t get to take home an award herself.
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4. Yearwood Participated in Habitat For Humanity & Co-Hosted an ACM Charity Event in 2015
In a 2009 interview with USA Today, Yearwood explained that she always wanted to be hands-on with charitable causes, instead of just signing a t-shirt for charity.
“I’ve done three builds now. It’s a physical labor project, yes — you’re very tired at the end of the day. But you feel like you’ve really done something. I love that they say that they give a hand up, not a handout,” she said at the time.
Yearwood said that she also helps out with Brook’s foundation and has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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5. Yearwood Had a Recurring Role on ‘JAG’ & Starred in Fox’s ‘The Passion’ as Mary
Yearwood has tried her hand at acting a few times. In 1994, she appeared in an episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Man. Between 1998 and 2002, she appeared in six episodes of JAG, playing Lt. Cmdr. Teresa Coulter.
In March 2016, she returned to acting to play Mary in Fox’s The Passion, a musical retelling of the story of Christ. She also played herself in an episode of ABC’s Nashville.
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