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Patricia Lynn "Trisha" Yearwood (born September 19, 1964) is a Country Music singer. She made her debut in 1991 with "She's in Love with the Boy", a number 1 hit on the country charts. Yearwood remained a fairly constant presence on the country charts until the end of the decade with a number of hits on MCA Nashville. After a hiatus, she made a brief comeback in 2005, another in 2007-2008 with an album for Big Machine Records, and a third in 2014 with the Kelly Clarkson duet "PrizeFighter".

Yearwood is best known for her collaborations with fellow country music legend Garth Brooks, a longtime friend and sometime duet partner, whom she married in 2005. Before that, she was married to Robert Reynolds, bass guitarist for the country band The Mavericks.

Her songs have appeared on the soundtracks of TV shows like Daria, Ellen and Nashville and movies like Con Air and Stuart Little. And she has also appeared as a guest actor on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and JAG.


  • Trisha Yearwood (1991)
  • Hearts in Armor (1992)
  • The Song Remembers When (1993)
  • The Sweetest Gift (1994)
  • Thinkin' About You (1995)
  • Everybody Knows (1996)
  • Where Your Road Leads (1998)
  • Real Live Woman (2000)
  • Inside Out (2001)
  • Jasper County (2005)
  • Greatest Hits (2007)
  • Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love (2007)
  • PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit (2014)
  • Christmas Together (2016, with Garth Brooks)
  • Let's Be Frank (2018)
  • Every Girl (2019)

Her songs provide examples of:

  • Advertised Extra: In Canada only, Garth Brooks received chart credit for his backing vocal on "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart" (which he also co-wrote). "PrizeFighter", the title track of her 2014 album, gave a feature credit to Kelly Clarkson for her backing vocals. Don Henley gets a featured credit for background vocals on "Walkaway Joe".
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Walkaway Joe" gives an excellent example of why this isn't a great trope to live your life by.
  • Cover Version:
    • Let's Be Frank is composed entirely of Frank Sinatra covers except for one song.note 
    • She teamed up with Garth to cover "Shallow" from A Star is Born.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Katie in "She's In Love With the Boy": her father hates her boyfriend, Tommy, until the mother points out that Katie's actions toward Tommy are no different than the mother's toward the father's when they first met.
    • In "Walkway Joe," the mother warns her 17-year-old daughter to "take it real slow" with this guy, because she suspects he's bad news. Unlike in "She's in Love with the Boy," the mother is 100% correct, and the daughter is left alone in a hotel room after her boyfriend robs a gas station.
  • Driven to Suicide: According to writer Gretchen Peters, this happens to the man in "On a Bus to St. Cloud", whose face the narrator swears that she sees in every crowd.
  • Fake Shemp: "PrizeFighter" was originally recorded with Kelly Clarkson on backing vocals. When she sings the song live, Garth Brooks usually sings the harmonies.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: "The Woman Before Me" is from the perspective of the new girlfriend, pointing out all the ways her love's previous (seemingly toxic) relationship are affecting their current one. She concludes that when he snaps at her, she thinks he "must be talking to/the woman before me and you."
  • Greatest Hits Album: (Songbook) A Collection of Hits and Greatest Hits are fairly standard hits packages, while PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit features re-recordings due to her being on a different label at the time.
  • I Lied: "Believe Me Baby (I Lied)":
    When I said it would suit me fine
    If you were out of sight and out of mind
    That wasn't me talking, that was my foolish pride
    When I said I didn't want your love
    And you were no one I was thinking of
    Believe me, baby, I lied
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: "She's in Love with the Boy" has a classic example of this in its third verse, where Katie's father is about to unleash his wrath upon Katie's boyfriend Tommy when they come home after midnight. Katie's mother breaks in and reminds her husband that he wasn't that much different from Tommy back in the day, and that they had faced just as much opposition from her father.
    "My daddy said you wasn't worth a lick;
    When it came to brains, you had the short end of the stick.
    But he was wrong, and honey, you are too.
    Katie looks at Tommy like I still look at you."
  • Listing Cities: Done briefly in "You Can Sleep While I Drive":
    We'll go through Tucson up to Santa Fe
    And Barbara in Nashville says we're welcome to stay
    I'll buy you boots down in Texas, a hat from New Orleans…
  • Love Nostalgia Song: "Georgia Rain", "The Song Remembers When"
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love", "Broken"
  • Modesty Towel: The video for "There Goes My Baby" opens with her wearing one.
  • The Not-Remix: PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit features re-recordings of her major hits which were done to sound as much like the originals as possible.
  • Not Staying for Breakfast: "Walkaway Joe":
    Somewhere in a roadside motel room
    Alone in the silence she wakes up too soon
    And reaches for his arm
    But she'll just keep reachin' on...
  • Parental Hypocrisy: "She's in Love With the Boy" is about a girl who's in love with a boy while her father complains about how stupid and worthless the boy is; it's revealed in the third verse that the girl's parents' relationship was very similar to their daughter's in its early days.
  • The One That Got Away: "There Goes My Baby":
    He was the kind of guy who loved so unselfishly
    And everyone could see what a prize he was
    Everyone but me
    I must be blind
    I must be the kind who don't know what they have
    'Til they're all alone and sad
    There goes my baby...
  • One-Steve Limit: Averted. Several of her albums were produced by Garth Fundis, and she was constantly involved from the beginning with Garth Brooks, whom she later married.
  • Record Producer: As mentioned above, almost all of her albums were produced by Garth Fundis. Songwriter Harry Stinson co-produced Thinkin' About You; Tony Brown produced Where Your Road Leads; Mark Wright produced Inside Out; and Mark Millernote  produced some of the tracks on PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit. Don Was of Was (Not Was) produced Let's Be Frank, and she went back to Fundis for Every Girl.
  • Technician Versus Performer: She is the Technician to her husband's Performer; while she does well onstage, she freely admits that she's got nothing on Garth when it comes to sheer stage presence, charisma, and performing ability. But while Garth has a voice that is decent-but-not-spectacular — his success is due entirely to his performance ability — Trisha's has been cited as one of the best the genre has ever seen.
  • Tomato Surprise: The last line of "Victim of the Game" reveals that the singer is addressing the song to herself.