On Sunday, August 1, 2010 country music legend Garth Brooks joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony for this year’s annual Benefit Concert. This is a special engagement for which there will be only one show at 6:30pm.
Long-time Sun Valley resident and supporter of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Steve Wynn assisted in arranging for Garth Brooks’ appearance in Sun Valley. About this event, Brooks says, "I have never done anything like this, but Wynn says, ‘it's the best!’ so I am very excited about the evening!"
Certified by the RIAA as the #1 selling solo artist in US history, Garth Brooks has sold in excess of 128 million albums. He is the only solo artist in RIAA history to have 6 albums top the 10 million mark. His most recent release The Ultimate Hits has been certified 5 x platinum. In 2007 Garth became the first artist to put out a simultaneous edition of his latest collection for a charitable cause. The “pink edition” of The Ultimate Hits was and is available only at the Susan G Komen website. His body of work – including the groundbreaking , and – propelled country music as a genre to the front pages of newspapers worldwide and the covers of magazines, to the point where Forbes declared on its cover, “Country Conquers Rock” and featured Garth in a major music piece. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Garth Brooks is the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century.
The key to his record-setting success lies within the personality and talent of Garth Brooks. It has been said that through the 1990s, Garth’s only real competition was himself. He brought daring individualism and a love of music to the table. His wide range encompasses a variety of styles which include working class blues, honky tonk, bluegrass, and arena rock. His easy-going, approachable charisma was matched only by his fearless willingness to take chances and step outside the lines. He has had an unprecedented run so far, and opened the doors for many more country artists to follow.
Garth has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist, including: 2 Grammys, 17 American Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 World Music Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, and 36 Billboard Music Awards. He was named Artist of the ‘90s at the 1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, received the Artist Achievement Award at the 1997 Billboard Music Awards, and was named Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in 2000 and the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1999.
In the midst of one of the most successful careers in music history, Garth retired in 2001, delivered his last record for Capitol Records and moved back to Oklahoma to raise his children. While in retirement when called upon by events greater than his own self-interest, he returned to the stage. The latest of these was when the President himself requested that Garth headline President Obama's Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He performed as Barack and Michelle Obama, their girls, Joe and Jill Biden and a crowd of over 300,000 lined the mall from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Washington Monument. It was a moment in history when all did the "wave" to Garth's performance of "Shout" while the President sang along. Once again, Garth was called upon by the network to perform for President Obama’s very first late night TV appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay. When the Governor of California asked for Garth's help he responded by performing five concerts in two days where proceeds from 83,000 tickets sold were donated to efforts to prevent fire catastrophes from happening again. Portions of the live concerts were shown as a TV special titled, "Garth Brooks: Live in L.A.” where viewers donated to the organization Fire Intervention Relief Effort (FIRE).
Oct. 15th, 2009 Brooks announced that he was out of retirement. "I am naturally nervous, but it feels good to be out from under the low ceiling of "retirement" I put on myself." Brooks has entered a 5 year "relationship" with Las Vegas resort developer, Steve Wynn.
In Sun Valley, Garth Brooks will perform solo and together with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony orchestra. The Benefit Concert is the only fundraiser the Symphony does each year which supports its free concerts and music educational programs for the Wood River Valley community.
Public ticketing information and the procedure for purchasing tickets for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Benefit Concert will be available in June. Parking, ticketing and general concert information will be available at and in June.