She is a
country music singer born Patricia Lynn Yearwood
in Monticello, Georgia, to family where her father is a banker and her
mother a teacher.
She was exposed
to country music from and early ago and when she was in elementary school
she took part in talent contests as well as being in school productions and
choirs. Her love of music
continued although through her school years she leant towards looking to
work in accountancy when she got older. To this end she earned her
associates degree at Young Harris College and moved on to the University of Georgia to continue her studies.
After a while
at the University of Georgia she found it hard to settle into such a
widespread campus and decided to move to Nashville in 1985 and entered Belmont University where she became an intern with MTM
Records and a tour guide at the Grand Ole Opry
and in 1987 was awarded her Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Administration. Also in 1987
she married the musician Chris Latham.
graduating she became a full-time member of staff at MTM Records where she
was a backing singer for some of the new artists signed up and also made
her own demo recordings.
It was while
singing backing for a new artist in 1989 that she first became acquainted
with Garth Brooks. The ensuing
friendship and his success resulted in him assisting in getting her demos
put together by Garth Fundis and his producer,
Allen Reynolds. She also sang
on Garth’s 1990 No Fences
and gave a live performance.
Tony Brown who worked for MCA Records noticed her in the live performance
and managed to get MCA Nashville to give her a contract. This led to her being the opener for
Garth Brooks on his 1991 US Tour.
That same year she and Chis Latham
divorced and her debut self-titled album appeared. The resultant “She’s in
Love with the Boy” made her the first woman for nearly two decades to
have her debut single reach the No.1 spot on the country music chart. The album, which also made her the
first woman to sell more than a million copies for her debut, produced a
further three Top 10 singles and eventually became 2x Multi-Platinum. This led to the Academy of Country Music Awards naming her Top New Female Vocalist in
1991 as well as being given the title of Favorite
New Country Artist at the 1992 American Music Awards.
Also in 1992
her Hearts in Armor saw her second album hitting
the shelves which had appearances/collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Don
Henley and Raul Malo. The album went platinum and of the
four singles released from it “Walkaway
Joe”, featuring Don Henley, reaching No. 2 and “Wrong Side of
Memphis” reaching No.5.
The other two, “Down on May Knees” and “Say You
Will” both became Top 20 hits.
The next year,
in 1993, her The Song Remembers When
came out and the title track went to No. 2 on the country chart and had its
video come from a cable TV concert special. This time she worked in
collaboration with Willie Nelson and Rodney Crowell.
Her next album
appeared in 1994 which was the holiday songs compilation The Sweetest Gift. 1994 was also the year she married
Bobby Reynolds who is the bass player for The Mavericks.
1995 saw her
next platinum album, Thinkin’ About You, being released and
the first two singles released, the title track and “XXXs and OOOs (An American
Girl)” both reached No. 1 on the country chart. The third single, “I Wanna Go Too Far” also became a Top 10 hit. The same year her version of
“I Fall to Pieces” sung with Aaron Neville won the Best Country
Collaboration With Vocals at the Grammy Awards.
on and she performed in Atlanta at the 1996 Summer Olympics closing
ceremony and her Everybody Knows produced yet another
No. 1 single, “Believe Me Baby (I Lied)” and the title track
made it to No. 5.
The next year
it was the turn of her (Songbook) A
Collection of Hits which was a compilation of her hit singles as well
as three new songs with “How Do I Live”, also recorded by LeAnn
Rimes, used for the soundtrack of Con
Air and gaining an Academy Award nomination. It was also a No. 2 hit in the Hot
Country Song chart and No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The other new
singles were “Perfect Love” which reached No. 1 on the country
music chart and “In Another’s Eyes” with Garth Brooks
which reached No. 2.
Unsurprisingly the album made it to No. 1 on the Billboard Country
Album chart and became 4x Multi-Platinum. This resulted in awards from the
Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country
Music and the Country Music Association. That same year she took on the role
of Lieutenance Commander Teresa Coulter in the TV
series JAG and continued to make
occasional appearances in the show until 2002.
catching her breath, Where Your Road
Leads was released in 1998.
“I Still Love You More”, “Powerful Thing”
and “There Goes My Baby” all made it to the Top 10 and the
title track, sung with Garth Brooks, became a Top 20 entry. The same year she was inducted into
the Grand Ole Opry as a member and sing in a
benefit concert with Luciano Pavarotti. When 1999 came, she went through her
second divorce when she and Bobby Reynolds parted.
Into the new
millennium and out came her 2000 release Real Live Woman followed by the 2001 Inside Out. She
collaborated with Don Henley again as well as Vince Gill and Roseanne Cash
on Inside Out and its “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway” achieved the No.
4 position on the country chart.
Also in 2001 she got involved with the Children’s Foundation
and was the donor of a mobile electronic fun center
to the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
The next year,
in 2002, she took some time for herself. She would remain fairly quiet for
the next couple of years but everything changed again for Trisha, when her
long-time friendship with Garth Brooks became romantic and they got married
after he had proposed in the middle of a sell-out concert in Bakersfield, California, in 2005. She also released Jasper
County, named after her childhood home county,
which was her first album in four years. It went to No. 1 on the Billboard
Country Album chart, No.4 on the Billboard Album chart and reached gold
status. The single relase “Georgia Rain” went to No. 15. Also in 2005 she was a performed in
Broadway Goes Country where she sang “For Good” from Wicked.
In 2006 she and
her husband took part in the building of flood walls and structures in New Orleans and Mississippi as part of the work done in aid of
Hurricane Katrina relief. Two
years later in 2007 she left MCA Nashville after 16 years in favour of a
contract with Big Machine Records.
This saw MCA releasing her Greatest
Hits package and Trisha releasing her Heavens, Heartache and the Power of Love on her new label. It went up to No. 10 on the Country
Album chart and No. 30 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and two singles
released became Top 30 songs on the country music chart.
In 2008 she
made a recording of “My Favourite Things” which was for the
benefit of the Sears’ charitable program “Heroes at
Home”. That year she also
published Georgia Cooking in an
Oklahoma Kitchen which is a selection of her family recipes co-written
with her sister and mother.
In 2009 she duetted on “Breaking Apart” with Chris Izaak for his Mr.Lucky and
they promoted it on The Chris Isaak Hour show. She also took part in the
“National Women Build Week” where she learnt the construction
of basic housing for another of her charities – Habitat for Humanity.
In 2010 she
published her second cookery book Home
Cooking with Trisha Yearwood which was once
again co-written with her mother and sister.
appearing on her own recordings she has also performed on albums that
include Fresh Horses, In Pieces, Ropin’ the Wind, Scarecrow and Sevens by Garth Brooks, Stones
in the Road by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Let the Picture Pain Itself by Rodney Crowell, When Love Finds You by Vince Gill, Cowgirl’s Prayer by Emmylou
Harris, Greatest Hits: Vol. 3 by
Billy Joel, Bradley Barn Session
by George Jones, Sure Love by Hal
Ketchum, What a Crying Shame by
The Mavericks, Starting Over by
Reba McEntire, Indigenous by Dougie McLean, On the Rural Route 7609 by John Mellencamp, Heroes
by Paul Overstreet, In Spite of
Ourselves by John Prine and It’s All Relative by Pam Tillis along with many more.
Her life has
been documented in the biography Get
Hot or Go Home by Lisa Gubernick.