Trisha Yearwood: Grammy & Emmy winner, bestselling author, wife & bonus mom

Trisha Yearwood may not have set out to be a country singer or a Food Network show host, but the road from Monticello, Ga. led her to Nashville, Tenn. anyway. With two New York Times bestselling cookbooks under her belt, she has enjoyed a successful

Trisha Yearwood came into the world of country music after majoring in music and graduating from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Trisha interned at MTM Records as a receptionist while in college. Upon graduation she was offered a full-time position and began making demo tapes. Yearwood also sang back-up vocals for several of the label’s new artists. One of those new artists, at the time, was Garth Brooks.

In 1989 Trisha recorded back-up vocals on Garth Brooks’ self-titled first album. The story goes that Brooks promised Yearwood that if the album was successful, he would help her sign a recording contract. It was indeed a success, one of the most successful in country music history. Garth Brooks kept his promise to Trisha Yearwood.

Through Garth Brooks’ producer Yearwood met music producer Garth Fundis and recorded a series of demo tapes. Eventually MCA Nashville’s Tony Brown heard Trisha’s music and signed her to the label. Yearwood went out on tour to promote her self-titled debut album as the opening act for Garth Brooks in 1991.

But life on the road took its toll on Trisha’s personal life. In 1991 she and first husband Chris Latham, whom she had married in 1987, called it quits. Continuing to record and tour, Trisha became a country music superstar in her own right. In May 1994 Yearwood married Bobby Reynolds, bass player for The Mavericks, in a lavish ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium. The couple divorced in 1999. Trisha married Garth Brooks in a private ceremony at their Oklahoma Ranch in December 2005.

Trisha Yearwood has recorded 11 studio albums, has written two best-selling cookbooks and starred in the Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Cooking. In 2007, Trisha took a break from music and has helped Garth Brooks raise his three daughters with ex-wife Sandy Brooks. The girls, Taylor Maine Pearl, August Anna and Allie Colleen, consider Trisha a “bonus mom.” In July 2013 August made Garth a first-time grandfather and Trisha first-time “bonus grandmom.”

Garth Brooks announced in July 2014 that he will release a new CD, his first in 13 years. Trisha Yearwood will join Brooks on his world tour, which kicks off on July 24 in Dublin, Ireland. Her cookbook, Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen, is out on paperback and Yearwood has a third cookbook in the works. Fans can find out more about her cookbooks, television show and music on Trisha Yearwood’s website.