Prepare to have your mind blown. We all know the importance of a unique stage name, but some of these Country Artists were down right creative when it came to revamping their persona. Here are 10 Country Artists who were born with completely different names than their stage name.
1. Wynonna Judd
Real Name: Christina Claire Ciminella
2. Luke Bryan
Real Name: Thomas Luther Bryan
3. Shania Twain
Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards
4. Chely Wright
Real Name: Richell Rene Wright
5. Tim McGraw
Real Name: Samuel Timothy Smith
6. LeAnn Rimes
Real Name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes
7. Jason Aldean
Real Name: Jason Aldine Williams
8. Garth Brooks
Real Name: Troyal Garth Brooks
9. Faith Hill
Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry
10. Patsy Cline
Real Name: Virginia Patterson Hensley
Now that he’s back in the spotlight, Garth Brooks continues to give his fans thanks and show his gratitude and every chance he gets.
Last week at a concert in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Garth put on a show to remember. One fan in particular, Nathan Putnam, managed to capture Garth’s attention when he waved a photo in a air.
To his surprise, Garth recognized the photo as the gentleman handed to him. According to LiftBump, the two had taken the photo back in 2007 at the Oklahoma Special Olympics games. A tearful Brooks accepted the photo, along with 3 medals the Nathan won at the Special Olympics.
Brooks then returned the favor by wearing the medals, and handing Putnam his guitar while singing “That Summer.” What a truly special moment for Garth and one of his devoted fans.
Alright ladies. Every now and then, we should let the flood gates open. I’ve taken the time to listen to all of these songs, and even though it’s been a long time since I’ve dated, I can’t help but cry like a baby. Here are 12 sad Country breakup songs that will make you head for the tissues.
WARNING: Please wear waterproof mascara before listening to these songs, or just wear none at all!
Back in the early 90’s, (the buttoned down shirt was the first giveaway) Garth Brooks was a celebrity guest on Sesame Street. Garth has always been a huge supporter of embracing and accepting differences, and this video shows his long time advocacy as he sings a song about two different kids. This takes us back!
“Respect, faith, love, trust and lots of patience.” – Reba McEntire
As long as I’m healthy, then he is fine with whatever I wear.” – Kellie Pickler
“He works well with controlled chaos. He doesn’t get stressed, and I don’t get stressed. We just go with it every single day.” – Sara Evans
“Tim has given me confidence and strength and my foundation. He makes me feel like I can conquer the world.” – Faith Hill
“Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs, from ‘More Than Miles’ to ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do. I’m a blessed man to have her back in my life and can’t wait to make her my wife.”- Brantley Gilbert
“It’s just little things I think that have helped us more than anything. If you can last until you’re 40 years old, hopefully you’ll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.” – Alan Jackson
“You should know somebody really well and know that they know how to take a joke and they know how to take you,” – Brad Paisley
“Keifer would be gone doing his own thing on the road, and I would be at home miserable and missing him. Now, we’re getting to do what we both love to do together,” – Shawna Thompson
“Every day is pretty great, I have to say. I don’t want to sound like one of those sappy couples, but I’m that person. We’ve got great memories already, we’ll just make some more.” – Trisha Yearwood
“I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it’s official!” – Blake Shelton
“I’ve felt myself grow with him. He’s one of those certain people in your life you come across for a reason. I’m very glad that I met him. He’s been a really positive influence on my life.” – Carrie Underwood
What a year it has been for Country Music. We just about saw everything we needed to see in the last 12 months. There were highs, lows, and lots of laughs. We had some incredible, unforgettable times.
Here are 10 of 2014’s s Best Moments in Country Music.
10. The Return of Garth Brooks
Garth came back! After a 13 year hiatus, Garth Brooks made his return to the scene with a new album, tour, and a song that made us love our Moms a little more. Watch his unforgettable performance of “Mom” on Good Morning America.
“I met this little girl 10 years ago,” he explained live on the Bobby Bones show. “She’s a hometown girl who teaches school about a mile up from my house.”
Fun Fact: She’s the girl who inspired his hit “More Than Miles.”
8. Carrie Underwood Shows Her Baby Bump
Our Country American Idol winner Carrie has been sporting a baby bump this year. Watching her grow along the way is kind of like watching your sister go through a pregnancy.
7. Country Music Said Goodbye To Taylor Swift
It wasn’t easy letting go. We grew up singing and listing to her music while getting ready for prom, camping with the girls, and getting our hearts broken. It’s as if every song she wrote was a reflection of our current situation. No, we didn’t date Taylor Lautner, but let’s be real. When you’re 15 and someone tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.
6. Two Country Singers Come Out
Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon came out, on the same day. It was a first in Country Music, and the two received nothing but support from fellow artists, fans, and friends.
5. Blake Shelton Lip Synch
Blake Shelton made us laugh a whole lot this year. One of the most hilarious moments came when we did a lip synch with singer Gwen Stefani on Jimmy Fallon.
After suffering another devastating loss, Luke Bryan canceled his appearance on CMT Artists of The Year to be at his brother in law’s funeral.
Lady Antebellum took the stage at the awards show and sang their rendition of Luke’s “Drink A Beer,” in memory of his brother in law.
3. Country Music Ice Bucket Challenges
As a means to raise awareness for ALS, Country Artists from far and wide dumped cold buckets of ice water on their heads and took to social media to promote the cause.
2. Girl In A Country Song
Maddie & Tae couldn’t have said it better with “Girl In A Country Song.” The song discussed the roles of women in Country Music, then turned the tables on men in their hilarious music video.
Conway and George Strait never did it this way.
1. Vince Gill Wins Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
The only other country music artist to receive this award was Johnny Cash. Vince Gill is Country Music’s best friend. His incredible contribution to Country Music over the last 35 years is awe inspiring. 18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammys, and over 26 million albums sold. Hats off to you Vince. This award was richly deserved
Garth Brooks made a pit stop on the “Ellen” and had the crowd on their feet performing one of his classic hits “Ain’t Going Down (Till The Sun Comes Up).” Can you believe it’s been nearly 13 years since the release of his last album? Man Against Machine has charted the Billboard Hot 200 becoming one of the most successful albums of 2014.
But Garth’s appearance wasn’t complete without a little tear jerker. After a widely successful performance on Good Morning America of his new song “Mom,” Garth once again performed an acoustic version of the piece bring the Ellen show audience to tears.