If you just want to find the answer to the question in the title, skip down to the end of this post.

Did you get a chance to see it?  In early December, A &E presented a four hours biography titled: Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On. If you missed it, you can stream it and I urge you to watch.

If you watch you will discover that at the very height of his career Garth Brooks “retired” from 2001 to 2009 to help raise his three girls. As you might imagine, when he came back, he wondered if anyone would care.

Forbes magazine published an article titled: A&E Profiles Garth Brooks in Two-Part Biography Special.     I like this quote from the article:

When Brooks agreed to do the special, it’s clear he wanted to be open and honest about all aspects of his life. It’s a rousing, often emotional, in-depth look at the Oklahoma-native who would go on to become the best-selling artist in U.S. music history, and make country music popular around the globe.

If you are not a fan, but you want to have a sense of why Garth Brooks became the best-selling artist in U.S. Music history, take six minutes and watch this video of one of his six concerts in Minneapolis in 2014

I have long tried to understand the charisma Garth Brooks has when performing before audiences in huge stadiums. I did some research and found: Garth Brooks takes Notre Dame by storm.

The two writers describe Garth Brook’s charisma this way:

For one night, Notre Dame Stadium wasn’t the home of the Irish; it was the temple of country music, and Brooks was the presiding minister preaching his gospel of authenticity and charisma. There is no artifice with this man; he is all Garth all the time…It is with this humility and self-awareness that he was able to make the large and impersonal stadium feel like a small bar where he was singing to you, and only you.

So, what can you learn from the number one solo artist of all time? People connect and like people who are:

  1. Authentic
  2. Empathetic
  3. Humble
  4. Self-Aware
  5. Charismatic