Garth Brooks Leaves Thousands of Mamas in Tears Singing to His Mom in Heaven

Garth Brooks is considered one of the greatest country music artists of our day, but he wasn’t the first one in his family to pick up a guitar. His mother, Colleen McElroy Carroll, was actually signed to Capitol Records back in the 1950s. It was her passion for music that inspired Brooks to pursue a career path that eventually led him to be crowned the “World’s Best Selling Country Artist” in 1994, along with a slew of other awards over the past several decades.

Colleen tragically died of throat cancer back in 1999, but not before she got to see her son become one the biggest names country music has ever known.

As a self-proclaimed “mama’s boy,” Brooks has never forgotten the strong woman who made him into the man he is today. So back in 2014, he decided to pen a beautiful song titled “Mom” as a tribute to his sweet mama.

On a tour to promote his latest album, Man Against the Machine, the singer performed the song live for the first time ever on Good Morning America. He describes it as the only song he’s ever written that could rival “The Dance,” and when you hear it, you’ll know why.

“It should have been written 50 years ago,” Brooks told host Robin Roberts. “It’s a conversation between God and this unborn child about ready to go down to earth. And when God describes what a mom is…whew, it kills me.

As Brooks emotionally serenades a room full of mothers in the live studio audience and thousands of others back home, there’s not a dry eye in the room…

Just days before we celebrate Mother’s Day, Brooks’ powerful song is a precious reminder of the true gift that every mom is to this world.

Watch his heart-melting performance in the video below.


Kelsey Straeter
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