Garth Brooks' Daughters Grew Up To Be Gorgeous

Garth Brooks' daughters grew up about as far away from stardom as can be, despite having celebrity parents. Brooks' youngest daughter told the Children of Song podcast that the girls felt they had a normal childhood compared to other children.

To be sure, Taylor, August, and Allie enjoyed the undivided attention of Brooks for most of their lives, as noted by People. They grew up away from the spotlight with a mix of discipline and fun, and, by their father's example, they were encouraged to put family first.

Brooks told People his daughters were "the greatest joy and the greatest heartache" he'll ever have. Now the Brooks girls are all making their mark and spreading joy to others in their own unique ways. And, as is clear by looking at them and learning of their lives, Garth Brooks' daughters have grown up to be absolutely gorgeous. Here's what you need to know about them.

Garth Brooks had three daughters with his college sweetheart

Before he was a star, Garth Brooks met and married his first wife, Sandy Mahl. The college sweethearts were married and had three daughters before they divorced in 2000.

According to Rick Mitchell's Garth Brooks: One of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House (via Tulsa World), Brooks and Mahl had planned to wait a few years before having their first child, but, while "practicing" on vacation in Maine, Mahl became pregnant with their eldest. Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, named after James Taylor, Minnie Pearl, and the state where she was conceived, was born in a natural birth at Nashville's Baptist Hospital on July 8, 1992.

As noted by Biography, August Anna came almost two years later in 1994, and the youngest, Allie Colleen, was born in 1996. "I feel God put me down here to play music, but it's very evident to see because of the baby, God put me down here to be a father also," Brooks once told Billboard, according to an excerpt from Mitchell's book.

Garth Brooks took a break from his career to focus on his daughters

Garth Brooks took an early retirement from the music industry at the height of his career in 2001 and pretty much started over after his divorce from Sandy Mahl. He made his daughters his ultimate priority. "I just said goodbye to music, got divorced, moved back to Oklahoma and left Nashville," the star told Us Weekly.

Living with all three daughters in a one-bathroom bunkhouse on his ranch, Brooks realized that he didn't actually know that much about them. But the dedicated father was prepared to dig in and find out everything, and there was nothing that could top the experience, he told People. He packed school lunches, supervised chores, and literally became a soccer dad to his three "tomboys" who played soccer and softball and ran track and field.

Brooks would later say on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, "I think if everybody was allowed that luxury [of stopping everything to be with family], I think 99 percent of us parents would take it." Clearly Brooks is one of a few stars who chose family over fame.

Even after their parents' divorce, Garth Brooks' daughters still saw both parents every day

"We came home, we did our homework, we played outside, we got disciplined. We were rowdy kids," Garth Brooks' daughter Allie divulged on Fox's Children of Song podcast. Even after their parent's divorce, the girls continued to have a pretty normal childhood with both parents.

"They saw both their parents in the morning and both parents in the evening and for 14 years," Brooks told the Tennessean. Brooks and ex-wife Sandy Mahl worked out a system to co-parent that allowed the girls to see both of them every day. "We switched every day at 6 o'clock," Allie recalled on the podcast.

She contended that the Brooks girls wouldn't know what it's like to grow up with celebrity parents because Brooks was so present. "My dad was there every night," she said, recalling bonding activities with him like building things in the backyard and playing sports.

Garth Brooks' daughters also exchanged vows with Trisha Yearwood at their dad's wedding

Garth Brooks wasn't the only one who made a vow to Trisha Yearwood when the couple wed in 2005. All three of Garth Brooks' daughters also donned white dresses and "wed" Yearwood that day, as he explained on The Kelly Clarkson Show. "They exchanged rings and said vows to each other, because I told them, 'If something happens to me, you've got to take care of the queen; you've got to take care of Miss Yearwood.'"

Brooks asking his daughters to look after his second wife if anything happened to him might have been a tense conversation, but, by the time the lovebirds were ready to get married, it seemed Yearwood had become a natural part of the family. Youngest daughter Allie had a response that was about as casual as could be: "We've got your back, bra strap!"

As Yearwood had no children of her own, the Brooks girls decided the best thing was to marry her, too. And each year, as Yearwood told Rachael Ray, the family still hosts a group anniversary together.

Trisha Yearwood was instrumental in raising Garth Brooks' daughters

"Stepmom's very Cinderella," Trisha Yearwood, one of several country music stars who are completely unrecognizable today, said on Rachael Ray, and, not wanting all of the wicked connotations that come along with that, she became "Bonus mom" to Garth Brooks' daughters Taylor, August, and Allie when she married their father. She's a "bonus" because the family recognized that the girls already had a mom but would benefit from having another woman in their life who loved them.

With no children of her own, an inexperienced Yearwood was thrown into the situation, as she told People. But she's done well. Her relationship with each of the girls is a little different, but she told Marlo Thomas that her job is to be a "third voice" and to offer the advantage of being raised by three parents.

"They got the right amount of their mom in them, the right amount of me in them, and the right amount of Trisha's influence as well," Brooks told Fox News.

Garth Brooks' daughters grew up with little idea of their father's fame

Growing up with their dad home every day, Garth Brooks' daughters couldn't really have had the stereotypical celebrity parent experience. In fact, Brooks spent his time just taking care of his girls and being part of the community. "The dads across the soccer field looked at me as a dad just like them," the famous singer told People. 

Daughter Allie said he didn't sing around the house and stopped attending most events for the duration of the girls' childhoods. So when Brooks gifted her a guitar for her pre-teen birthday, she just "stared at it for a couple of years," she told Children of Song. "Every time my dad would try and teach me, I would scream at him and tell him that he didn't know what he was talking about."

Instead, the girls' life with Brooks was about family first. The girls even all had to share one bedroom! "Every night, man, they hate it," Brooks laughed on The View. "And every night you hear them in there and they're cackling and laughing." Despite wealth and notoriety, his basic rules helped keep them humble.

At 19, Garth Brooks' daughter August made the country star a grandfather

In a public statement regarding the birth of Karalynn reported by Tulsa World (via CMT News), Garth Brooks shared that his middle daughter, August, and her beau, Chance Michael Russell, welcomed a baby girl, his first granddaughter, in July 2013. That same year, August had graduated from Owasso High School and started her studies at the University of Oklahoma.

The Brooks family seemed over the moon about the baby's arrival. Grandpa Garth was particularly proud. Brooks told Kicks 105.5 that "Baby K" is a pure "joy" and "the glue that holds the whole family together." He also praised his daughter for being a phenomenal mother. "No offense to my mom or Trisha Yearwood's mom, or Sandy's mom," he said. "I'm not sure any of them could hold a candle to my daughter. I think she was made to be a mom."

For Garth Brooks' daughters, philanthropy is a family affair

"I think especially for girls and women it's a real confidence builder," said Trisha Yearwood to Taste of Country. Garth Brooks and Yearwood have a history of working with Habitat for Humanity, but the couple made hands-on homebuilding a fun family activity in October 2019. Two of Garth Brooks' daughters, Taylor and Allie (via Country Fancast), took an active role in the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project.

While the girls hadn't been old enough to work on previous Habitat for Humanity builds, Brooks told Taste of Country that they had prepared for the work, getting their feet wet with not-so-small construction projects on the family property. He taught them to bend rebar, transport concrete, and even construct a bridge! "They come out here now and they just pick up hammers and go to work," Brooks beamed, taking pride in the girls giving back and working with their hands.

It had to have felt good for the young ladies to make such a difference with family by their side. "We built with love and we are so proud," Allie said on Instagram. "Thank you @habitatforhumanity for an experience I will feel in my heart (and my body) for a long, long time."

Garth Brooks' daughters don't like all of their father's songs

Garth Brooks' daughter Allie may have to think for a minute to choose just one favorite song of her dad's — turns out it's "When You Come Back to Me Again" — but she knows exactly which one she hates with a passion. "You can only imagine the pick-up lines in high school," she said about the song "Friends in Low Places" while on the The Bobby Bones Show. Rolling her eyes, Allie recalled high school guys saying, "I'll be your friend in low places," saying it "freaks [her] out."

However, Allie told Children of Song that the best musical experience she remembers having with her dad didn't actually have anything to do with any of his own iconic tunes. It was singing Elton John's "Crocodile Rock." She shared, "That was really the closest thing that Dad and I had to singing together," adding that it gave her the chance to see her father be "something other than a cowboy."

Garth Brooks' daughter Taylor pursued higher education

There is little information known about Garth Brooks' daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks as she is a private person, but her father did share in his A&E documentary that his firstborn "is quiet courage" and "will trade her life for someone she doesn't know."

That selflessness may have contributed to her decision to attend school at Nashville's Vanderbilt University after graduating from Oklahoma State. She studied history at Oklahoma from 2010 to 2016, according to Country Fancast, and her sister August's Facebook page announced that she graduated with a Masters Degree in Theology from Vanderbilt on May 18, 2020.

With Taylor all grown up and chasing her own dreams, we expect her graduate school studies made her father proud as he was instrumental in forming her early faith. "You can introduce them to the Lord, teach them manners, teach them to believe in themselves, but the truth is, they're going to be who they're going to be," he told People.

Garth Brooks participated in daughter Allie's engagement

Taste of Country detailed how Garth Brooks' youngest daughter, Allie, and boyfriend Jonathan Roberts attended a Garth Brooks concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on July 28, 2017. The event also happened to be on the night of her 21st birthday. While it must have been memorable for her dad to lead the crowd in a "Happy Birthday" sing-a-long, what came next for Allie was the surprise of a lifetime.

Just offstage, Roberts dropped to one knee, presented her with a ring, and asked her to marry him as Brooks sang "She's Every Woman" on stage. A tearful Allie can be heard in a video accepting enthusiastically.

Country Rebel reported that, after a yearlong engagement, the couple later wed on Oct. 6, 2018, in a ceremony that included donated Volunteer Vodka. And as seen on Allie's Instagram page, her dog was dolled up in a sparkly tutu for her wedding. "My day was perfect," she wrote in the caption.

Garth Brooks' daughters have him wrapped around their fingers

Committing to family first and halting everything to raise his girls was "the greatest thing that ever happened" to Garth Brooks, as he told The View. And we're sure he hopes his daughters feel the same way. He told Closer Weekly that he was completely in love with his daughters to the point that he "worshipped" them. "They can see it in my face when they see me or surprise me somewhere," said the star, who admitted his daughters had him "wrapped."

Now that the girls are older and have gone off to college and have started to build their own families, we're sure Brooks and his girls look forward to shared times, though he admitted to Entertainment Tonight that getting them all together only happens now about three days a year. "Father's Day, my birthday, and Christmas" are just about the only days that the whole family comes together "around one table" anymore, he lamented.

At least one of Garth Brooks' daughters is following in her dad's famous footsteps

Blame it all on her roots. While all of Garth Brooks' daughters enjoy music in general, "the baby actually has been bitten by the bug," Brooks said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Talking about Allie, who loves to play the guitar and sing, he said, "She's got the gift. ... She can run laps around me when it comes to talent."

From writing poetry as a young child to penning "silly songs about boys" as a pre-teen, the youngest Brooks girl contends that she knew she wanted to be a musician since around age 8, as she told Children of Song. She's following not only in her father's footsteps but also in the musical legacy of her grandmother, Colleen Carrol, for whom she was named. In fact, her stage name is Allie Colleen instead of Brooks (via The Bobby Bones Show). "'Colleen' like 'Jolene' with a 'C,'" Allie explained in her Instagram bio.

She told the Children of Song podcast that she made a promise to her father to graduate before pursuing a career in music. Since graduating from Belmont University, Allie has been playing a lot of shows in Kentucky, Florida, and Texas, not to mention Nashville. 

Garth Brooks' daughters all spoke out in a documentary about their dad's life

It's probably because Garth Brooks' daughters tend to live private lives, but the country music star likely wasn't the only one surprised to see his ex-wife and all three girls speaking out about his life and career in a two-night A&E special Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On. The special featured exclusive dialogues with country music colleagues and the people closest to the star — his family.

"The blessing is they're going to get to the truth. The curse is they're going to get to the truth," Brooks told Fox News. He said it was interesting to get his daughters' perspectives, and he learned a lot, though he didn't know the girls were being interviewed and "never thought they ever would" sit down in front of the camera.

For his part, documentary director Al Syzmanski said he came away from the project with a new level of respect for Brooks, but it sounds like he was equally as impressed with the Brooks girls. He told Multichannel News, "They are un-frickin-believable." We think so, too.