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Garth Brooks co-wrote the gospel-country-rock song "We Shall Be Free" to express his desire for equality and tolerance. The song often received standing ovations when performed in a concert. As of 2019, Garth Brooks is now the only artist in music history to have released seven albums that achieved diamond status in the United States, one more than the Beatles' record of six. Garth Brooks won several awards in his career, including two Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards and the RIAA Award for best-selling solo albums artist of the century in the U.S. According to the RIAA, he is the best-selling solo albums artist in the United States with 148 million domestic units sold, ahead of Elvis Presley, and is second only to The Beatles in total album sales overall.
We Shall Be Free: This ain't comin' from no prophet, Just an ordinary man. When the last child cries for a crust of bread, When the last man dies for just words that he said, and When there's shelter over the poorest head, We shall be free.
In a 1999 interview with George, Brooks said, "But if you're in love, you've got to follow your heart and trust that God will explain to us why we sometimes fall in love with people of the same sex." Lyrics to his song, "We Shall Be Free", features the line, "When we're free to love anyone we choose," which has been interpreted as a reference to gay relationships. Brooks won a 1993 GLAAD Media Award for the song.
Brooks is also a fundraiser for various other charities, including a number of children's charities and famine relief. With wife Trisha Yearwood, Brooks sang Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain" on the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast nationwide telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief. - "Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast". ABC. September 2005.
Garth Brooks is now, As of 2020, the only artist in music history to have released eight albums that achieved diamond status in the United States. Since 1989, Brooks has released 22 records in all, which include: 12 studio albums, two live albums, three compilation albums, three Christmas albums and four box sets, along with 77 singles.