Even people who don’t enjoy country music have to admit that Garth Brooks is impressive. He’s the only American musician to have seven diamond albums, meaning that they sold more than 10 million copies.
But despite being an artist with such clout, Brooks has acted in a remarkably down-to-earth manner with his fans. In fact, during a concert in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 2017, he showed an amazingly sweet side when interacting with an elderly woman.
For instance, prior to a show in Louisville, Kentucky, he met with a 19-year-old woman suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder. Now plenty of musicians have extended similar charitable actions.
The country star, though, went a step further. He sang with her, their voices twining through a rendition of his 1992 hit “The River.”
Brooks also called out a man named Drew who proposed to his girlfriend during his performance of “Unanswered Prayers” during an Oklahoma City show. When he asked Drew how he knew he’d sing the song, the man answered that he “assumed.”
“Drew, you’re a smart cracker,” Brooks quipped. “I like that.”
When Brooks asked if Drew’s fiancé had any place in mind for the honeymoon, she said that she had “no idea.” So the singer made her an amazing offer, saying, “If you pick Hawaii, Miss Yearwood [Brooks’ superstar country spouse] and I will pay for it.”
The Lafayette show on July 1, 2017, proved every bit as special. It was Brooks’ final performance of his concert run at the Cajundome when he spotted an elderly woman holding a sign that read, “Elvis was my last concert,” according to Taste of Country.
Brooks struggled to call out to her from the stage but found himself drowned out by noise from the crowd. So with a mild oath, he hopped down from his perch and walked right up to where she stood in front of a barricade.
It turned out that the woman’s name was Laura. Little did she know she was about to receive the experience of a lifetime.
“Now they say you’re 89,” Brooks said. “You look fantastic!”
He then asked how Elvis’ show had been. When Laura explained that “he wasn’t any good,” Brooks chuckled, “We’ll keep that between us.”
The singer then launched into a rendition of his 1989 single “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” crooning to the old woman from mere feet away. “He’s singing to you, grandma!” one of her granddaughters exclaimed.
When he reached the chorus, he exclaimed, “OK, I’m going to start crying.” Laura teared up, too, and to forestall any crying, Brooks stopped to snap a selfie with her.
After finishing the tune, Brooks unslung his guitar and handed it to her as a souvenir. Now that’s audience engagement done right!
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