The country music legend previously retired to help raise his children
Garth Brooks is father to three daughters: Taylor, August and Allie.
The country music singer welcomed his children with ex-wife Sandy Mahl. The two college sweethearts married in 1986 and separated in 1999 before finalizing their divorce in 2001.
Around the time of their split, Garth temporarily retired from music to help raise his daughters, moving them into a one-bathroom bunkhouse on his ranch in Oklahoma, where he began forming closer bonds with them.
“I knew their sweet faces and their dispositions. But I didn’t know who they were," he told PEOPLE in 2015.
The "Rodeo" vocalist also recalled the public reaction to his personal decision. “People said, ‘How could you walk away from music?’ ” he explained. “But being a dad — there’s nothing that can touch that.”
Throughout his fatherhood journey, Garth learned that children have minds of their own and that parents can only offer guidance. “[Kids] are the greatest joy and the greatest heartache you’ll ever have," he said. "The truth is, they’re going to be who they’re going to be.”
"They let me learn my way and allowed me to be that third parent in their lives," Yearwood told PEOPLE in May 2021. "They were a gift that I didn't know I needed. I didn't know how much children brought into your life until I got a chance to be a part of their lives."
Here’s everything to know about Garth Brooks’ daughters: Taylor, August and Allie.
Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks, 31
Garth’s oldest daughter, Taylor, made him a father on July 8, 1992.
"After this, nothing else matters," Garth said after her birth, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The newspaper also reported that when Mahl was pregnant with Taylor, she collapsed and “nearly lost the baby.” However, her doctors advised her to rest, and she suffered no further complications, per the outlet.
Taylor has remained out of the spotlight, but Garth gave a glimpse of her in his 2019 A&E documentary Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On. At the time of filming, Taylor was in her second year of pursuing a master's degree in theological studies at Vanderbilt University.
"Taylor is quiet courage,” he said. “Taylor will trade her life for someone she doesn’t know.”
In the two-part documentary, she also revealed what Garth was like as a dad. “He was a big dinner person," she shared. “He liked to make dinner and could not cook to save his life.”
Taylor has also welcomed kids of her own. In a Mother’s Day Instagram post from May 2021, Taylor's sister Allie referenced Taylor as being an amazing mom. The family photo featured Allie posing alongside their mom, Mahl, younger sister, August and stepmom, Yearwood.
“Celebrating the gorgeous mommas in my life. I love you so much," Allie captioned the picture. "My beautiful mommas and my sister who is THE coolest mom, other than my other sister who is also the coolest Mom. Happy Mothers Day🖤."
August Anna Brooks, 29
Garth and Mahl welcomed their second child, a daughter named August, on May 3, 1994.
According to The Boot, after graduating from high school in 2012, she worked at a law firm and attended classes at the University of Oklahoma.
Garth also described August as having “intelligence, stubbornness, will” in his A&E documentary.
As Allie revealed, August is a mom herself who gave birth to her first daughter, Karalynn, in 2013 with her boyfriend and high school sweetheart, Chance Russell, according to the Daily Mail. The couple welcomed a second daughter, Gwendolyn, in 2016.
Earlier that year, Garth praised August’s parenting skills during an interview with KICKS 105.5. “No offense to my mom, or Ms. Yearwood’s mom, or Sandy’s mom, I’m not sure any of them could hold a candle to my daughter,” he said. "I think she was made to be a mom."
Garth also shared more about how Karalynn's arrival impacted them, revealing that he was initially "worried" about his daughter.
“It always turns out that that baby is the glue that holds the whole family together," he continued. "She’s the little stem that kind of holds the whole family together, and it’s kind of new for us ... she’s a doll.”
When August gave birth to Gwendolyn, Mahl spoke about how the country singer felt. "Garth is thrilled he's got a new granddaughter. She's beautiful, healthy and wonderful," she told Radar Online in December 2016.
Allie Colleen Brooks, 27
Garth's youngest daughter Allie, born on July 28, 1996, is also a country singer who performs as Allie Colleen. She graduated from Belmont University in 2018 with a degree in songwriting and music business, per her website.
Since signing with the independent label Evangeline Records, she has toured across the United States, including Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana and more.
In July 2020, Garth announced that Allie had tested positive for COVID-19 but that she had recovered.
"As a parent, nobody knows what COVID is going to do in the future so you just watch over them," he said during a press conference where he announced he was pulling his name out of contention for the CMA entertainer of the year award. "You pray a lot and hopefully she will come out of this thing with just that."
The following year, for Father’s Day, Allie shared a sweet post on Instagram, including a recent picture of herself and her dad (alongside sister August) and a throwback shot of the two.
“Here’s to all the Dads that have always been where they’re needed 🤍 and to the best one a daughter could ask for,” she wrote.
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