Trisha Yearwood is a versatile and widely popular country singer with a slew of number one singles and an impressive number of successful albums.
Yearwood grew up on a farm in Monticello, Georgia, and sang in musicals, choral groups, and talent shows as a child. After attending the music business program at Belmont College in Nashville, she served an internship with MTM records, which led her to becoming a backup vocalist for the up-and-coming Garth Brooks, who she would later marry.
After landing a record deal with MCA, Yearwood released her self-titled debut in 1991. She became an instant success with the lead single, “She’s in Love with the Boy,” while three other singles on the album went Top Ten. Yearwood gained wider popularity as Garth Brooks’ opening act, becoming the first female country artist to sell a million copies of her debut album. The follow-up to her debut was the equally successful Hearts in Armor (1992), written during her divorce with Brooks.
With Thinkin’ About You (1995), Yearwood took a turn toward adult-contemporary style country-pop. It was hugely popular and got her two more number one hits with “XXX’s and OOO’s” and the title track. Yearwood continued that album’s style in 1996’s Everybody Knows, again topping charts with the title track and “Believe Me Baby (I Lied).” Songbook: A Collection of Hits (1997) became Yearwood’s first album to top country charts and won her various awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMAs and Country Song of the Year at the Grammys. That year, she also received a Best Song Oscar nomination for her cover of Diane Warren’s “How Do I Live” in the film Con Air.
Established as a big-voiced, crossover-friendly diva, Yearwood put out her next album, Where Your Road Leads, in 1998. The album went platinum and featured three more Top Ten singles. After that Yearwood released the vulnerable Real Live Woman (2000) to good sales but no major hits. Another string of successful albums followed, including the smash hit Inside Out (2001), Jasper County (2005), Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love (2007), and Love Songs (2008).
Yearwood began writing cookbooks during an extended hiatus from music following Love Songs. Her first two books were a commercial success, leading to the 2012 Food Network series Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. She returned to music in 2014 with the compilation album Prizefighter: Hit After Hit, and Christmas Together, a duet album with Brooks.
Yearwood performs regularly at concerts and festivals, and is often booked for corporate entertainment events and private parties. Her most recent work was a Sinatra tribute called Let’s Be Frank, released in 2018.