Pop country singer and musician who was named the Best-Selling Solo Artist of the Century in the United States by RIAA.
He earned a track scholarship to Oklahoma State University, where he threw the javelin.
His first album, an EP, hit number 2 on the Country Billboard in 1989. He released six albums that went diamond, which is equivalent to 10x platinum, by the time he returned from retirement in 2009.
He married Sandy Mahl on May 24, 1986; after their divorce on December 17, 2001, he married Trisha Yearwood on December 10, 2005.
He and Trisha Yearwood helped build houses in Birmingham in alliance with Habitat for Humanity.
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